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Act Now to Support HR 3945

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Yesterday, I had a great call with chapter leaders to discuss our ongoing efforts to ensure HR3945, the bill that would create a small claims tribunal as an alternative to Federal Court to gain remedies for infringements.  We need this bill to move out of the House Judiciary Committee during this session of Congress to a full vote in the House, on to the Senate and ultimately to the President’s desk before September. Next week,…

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ASMP Intensifies Its Efforts in Support of HR 3945

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In an effort to build additional support for HR 3945, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) introduced by Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA), and to urge the House Judiciary Committee to take prompt action on the legislation, last week, ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, and ASMP copyright counsel, Mike Klipper, joined with other organizations that support the legislation and visited the offices of several members of…

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Gratitude’s Value in This Season of Giving Thanks

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As we move into the period of an ending year, major holidays loom. One is Thanksgiving, a time when we gather with family and friends to share and give thanks for the abundance in our lives. Underlying that celebration is the idea of gratitude. As I think about the holiday, I am struck by the need and challenge of maintaining gratitude in the face of the noise of our culture and the difficulties that may…

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ASMP Supports Introduction of CASE Act to Create Small Claims Tribunal

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Today, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) announced its support for H.R. 3945, a bill introduced by Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) to create a small claims court within the Copyright Office—ASMP’s top legislative priority. The “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) is also cosponsored by Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Doug Collins (R-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Tom Kennedy, Executive Director of ASMP stated that “the…

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Advocacy Call to Action: Contacting House Judiciary Committee Member in Your District

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As the August recess unfolds for Congress, we continue to move forward with plans for a grassroots campaign to lobby Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee.  As a next step, we want to identify ASMP members who might have direct relationships with the House Judiciary Members.   In addition, I’d like to identify members at the local chapter level who may have an interest in being part of an ASMP political action committee to arrange in-person meetings with Representatives…

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ASMP and Other Visual Artist Groups Intensify Lobbying Efforts as House Judiciary Committee Focuses on Small Claims Copyright Legislation

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The House Judiciary Committee is making progress on its plans to pursue a multi-part copyright reform proposal that includes a provision to enact a permanent small claims copyright court.  As previously reported, the small claims component is designed to provide photographers and other individual creators plagued by copyright infringements with a viable, cost effective alternative to the burdensome and prohibitively expensive federal court litigation route.  As promised by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and senior Democrat…

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Passing of Distinguished Photo Editor and Colleague, John Morris

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John Morris touched the lives of almost every photojournalist working beginning in the early 1940’s and his life’s work had a massive impact on our profession.  I had the privilege of getting to know about John first through Gary Haynes, my boss at The Philadelphia Inquirer who had previously been his protege at The New York Times.   Gary talked about John in glowing terms and passed on the joie de vivre that John always had,…

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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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