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Thomas Kennedy

ASMP Files Response to USCO NOI on Behalf of Members and Other Visual Artists

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In the past few months, our advocacy counsel Mike Klipper and I have been working to advance ASMP’s priorities for 2019, before Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). We met in December with representatives of other groups championing the interests of visual artists to plan our strategy for 2019. For example, along with those visual artists groups, we met with Karyn Temple Claggett, the Acting Register of the U.S. Copyright Office, members of her…

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Happy New Year from ASMP

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Happy New Year to all of you and I hope you have enjoyed a restful, joyous holiday season.  I start 2019 grateful for your support of ASMP and eager to continue to move forward together. The New Year’s period has always been for me a time for reflection and the setting of new compass points to guide my life journey.   As 2018 makes way for this new year, I have been thinking about the impact…

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Executive Director Update on ASMP Legislative Agenda for 2019

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Over the past week, our Copyright Counsel Mike Klipper and I have been busy in Washington D.C. laying the groundwork for our federal legislative agenda in 2019. This week’s activities followed closely on the heels of a very successful hearing on September 27, 2018, on the CASE Act before the House Judiciary Committee; the hearing described in Jenna Close’s recent article, Advocacy is a Verb: My Testimony on the Hill. At the hearing, Jenna joined…

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Giving Thanks in 2018

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I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I hope you all have time to step away from the challenges and stresses of daily work to spend quality time with family and friends, sharing blessings, joys, and laughter. It is also a time to reconsider how we can use our talents, time, and resources to give to others around us who may simply need our attention and support.  For me, Thanksgiving is deeply intertwined…

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Leading for the Greater Good

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Last week, I was out of the country attending the annual World Congress for the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations (IFRRO) in Athens, Greece.  While there, I learned of two terrible things happening in the United States – 1) the murder of two African-Americans in Louisville, KY as an apparent hate crime, and 2) a spate of mail bombs sent to members of the media and prominent politicians, including two former presidents.  Then after…

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ASMP Stands with Our Colleagues at The Capital Gazette

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ASMP is deeply saddened by the shooting on June 28 at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed in their newsroom, and others were wounded. We support their families, the staff at the newspaper, and journalists everywhere who work to inform the public. This terrible tragedy that has just happened is now all too common in this country.  The reality is that violent…

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ASMP Continues to Urge Passage of HR3945 (CASE Act) by House Judiciary Committee

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We continue to work for passage of HR 3945, the CASE Act, as a means to resolve a historic inequity that has left you with “rights but not remedies” under the current copyright system.  We are awaiting a markup hearing for this bill, hoping to get it out of the House Judiciary Committee with an overwhelmingly positive vote and then to the full House before the August recess. I have sent out this letter urging…

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Complete ACA Survey to Secure Funding for ASMP Programs

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Dear Member, I’m writing to seek your help in filling out a survey questionnaire from the Authors Coalition of America (ACA). As previously discussed, in order to receive funds from the ACA, we are required to submit affidavits from every member indicating that they have the potential to have had work copied by entities overseas as a precondition. What does this mean to ASMP: The ACA distributes non-title specific funds received from overseas entities belonging…

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HR 3945: House Judiciary Committee Update

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Today Rep. Hakeem Jeffries engaged in a colloquy with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler on HR 3945, the CASE Act of 2018 that would create a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office to address infringements – a true alternative to Federal Court. Their conversation took place during the markup of the Music Modernization Act and can be heard beginning at the 1:30 mark of this video….

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ASMP Seeking Examples of Problems Distinguishing USCO “Published” and “Unpublished” Categories

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  As I have worked on U.S. Copyright modernization issues over the past several years, I have repeatedly heard from members about the problems of distinguishing “published vs. unpublished” as a registration matter when making a registration. Our coalition of visual groups representing visual creators is seeking to address this issue head-on with the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) this year as we work for other things like the passage of HR 3945, the CASE Act…

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