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Thomas Kennedy

ASMP Executive Director Advocacy Update

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While the majority of ASMP advocacy efforts are focused on legislative actions at the national level in addressing copyright reform, ASMP is also focused on addressing legislative agendas at the state level where proposed bills would harm our members. This is evident in the proposed Right of Publicity legislation introduced in New York State, as referenced in the recent ASMP post “ASMP Memorandum in Opposition to Proposed New York State’s Right of Publicity Legislation“. ASMP took…

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House Judiciary Committee Approves Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017

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ASMP is pleased to report that, yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 27-1 HR 1695, the Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte, and Ranking Member, John Conyers.  HR 1695 would require the Register of Copyrights to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  If enacted, it would be an important step in providing much-needed autonomy to the United…

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Legislation is Introduced by House Judiciary Committee to Make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointee Subject to Confirmation by Senate

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ASMP welcomes the introduction of H.R. 1695 (the Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017) by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and ranking member John Conyers, and cosponsored by 29 members.   This legislation would take the critical step of requiring the Register of Copyrights to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  This proposed change in the Register selection process was previously advocated by ASMP and several of its colleagues…

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ASMP Statement in Support of Funding for National Endowment for the Arts

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  “The Arts and Sciences, essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament of human life, have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind.”  –George Washington   As the Executive Director of ASMP, a trade association representing thousands of visual creators, I find the recent budget proposed by President Trump to eliminate the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the…

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ASMP Year In Review

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Thanks to all of you who have continued to believe in the mission of ASMP and support us with your time, talent, and treasure as we have worked in 2016 to restructure to better meet the challenges of the ever-changing 21st century world. Looking forward, the New Year offers us the chance to continue making necessary adjustments and improvements so we truly meet the mission demands of helping members to be their “best selves,” whether…

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Advocacy Alert: Participate in Librarian of Congress’ Survey on Attributes of the Next Register of Copyrights

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As you know, on October 21, 2016, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, removed from the U.S. Copyright Office the Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante—an outstanding public servant who was dedicated to the proper and fair operation of the copyright law and who had a keen understanding of the challenges faced by individual creators in protecting their creative works from infringement. Library of Congress Survey – Please Participate More recently, as she prepares to name…

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House Judiciary Committee to Turn Attention to Reform of the Copyright Office and Creation of a Small Claims Copyright Tribunal

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Today, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking Democrat on the Committee, announced the next steps in the Committee’s multi-year review of the copyright law. Specifically, they issued the first of a number of policy proposals that will address components of their proposed legislative reform of the copyright act.  Of particular importance to ASMP members is the Committee leadership’s statement that reform of the Copyright Office should…

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Statement of the American Society of Media Photographers on Departure of Maria Pallante as Register and Director of the United States Copyright Office

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[By Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director] The American Society of Media Photographers[1] (ASMP) is saddened by the removal of Maria Pallante as Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office by the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. During her tenure at the Copyright Office, Register Pallante was an outstanding public servant who was dedicated to the proper and fair operation of our constitutionally-based copyright system. Among other things, ASMP applauds…

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Launching of a New Small Claims Report Section

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Today, I am excited to announce the launching of a new Small Claims Report Section, on the ASMP website dedicated exclusively to the ongoing effort by ASMP and other visual artists’ groups to achieve our community’s top legislative priority in Congress: the enactment of legislation that creates a small claims court as an alternative to federal court litigation that routinely proves too costly and burdensome for photographers, as well as illustrators, graphic artists and other…

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Advancing a Small Claims Solution to Infringements

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The arrival of the digital age has brought with it a series of opportunities and challenges that are creating a world of paradox for independent creators, including ASMP members. On the one hand, digital technology aids and abets the expression of creative vision in ways unimaginable even just a generation ago. On the other hand, the same technology has fueled a great expansion of the possibilities for infringement as digital images get appropriated and shared…

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