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ASMP Advocacy Update: March/April 2020

By Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright ReformNo Comments

As we all know far too well, our copyright system does not work well for photographers, especially high volume photographers. Determining what work to register and when to do so is confusing. The registration process is archaic, costly and time-consuming.  Determining whether and when work has been published as required by copyright law can be incredibly difficult and getting the determination wrong can result in the invalidation of a registration in a subsequent infringement action….

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Senator Wyden Needs to See the Bigger Picture in the Small-Claim Copyright Bill

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Cross-posted from The Illusion of More.  [By David Newhoff]  “As a practical matter Senator Wyden’s singular opposition to CASE waves a dismissive hand at his own constituents—and millions of Americans outside Oregon—who rely on copyright in their small-businesses the same way Portland’s coffee bars need a steady supply of beans.  The CASE Act may seem like a small matter in the scheme of things; but for the creative entrepreneur trying to keep her work from being…

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Join the #JustOne CASE Act Campaign

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The new campaign is called #JustOne – since there is just one senator standing between the creator community and the passing of the CASE Act, and that is Oregon Senator @RonWyden. See options for action below. Action #1: Create a #JustOne Selfie and Post To kick things off, we’re inviting you to take selfies (and/or short video clips) that depict you holding up one index finger to indicate #JustOne Senator is holding up the CASE…

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Press Release: House Passes CASE Act on Strong Bipartisan Vote

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Bethesda, MD – The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Copyright Alternative in Small-claims Enforcement Act (the CASE Act), H.R. 2426, with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 410-6. There is a long list of supporters in Congress that ASMP would like to thank for their strong support of the CASE Act and all in the creative community, starting with Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins…

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For Marginalized Communities, the CASE Act Bridges Copyright’s Equity Gap

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Cross-posted from morningconsult.com [by Lateef Mtima] When I was growing up in Harlem in the 1960s, I like many other children in America had heard of and yearned to visit the still somewhat new and apparently magical restaurant called McDonald’s. The TV commercials depicted mouth-watering French fries, double-decker hamburgers and thick milkshakes. “Just look for the golden arches,” the ads invited. But for kids in Harlem — where the first McDonald’s did not arrive until…

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The Case for the CASE Act

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Cross-posted from thehill.com [by Judy Perry Martinez] Congress has an opportunity to join together and pass legislation that will provide authors, artists and other creators with a meaningful way to protect their work. Both houses of Congress will soon be voting on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (the “CASE Act”), which creates an alternative forum to pursue low value claims of copyright infringement. Under the current system, authors whose work has…

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Protecting Art from Infringement

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[by Fantastic Negrito] Look around the world. We need artists more than ever. By our very nature, we create work for public benefit. We challenge conventional wisdom, we call BS when we see it, we introduce new ways of thinking and we help heal. We exist to contribute. But the reality of the music business — and the reality for most creators and small businesses — is that we are living on the edge, fighting…

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