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Jury Awards $900K in Marketing Photo Copyright Case

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Cross-post from pdnpulse.pdnonline.com [by David Walker] A federal jury in Maryland has awarded $900,000 in actual damages to an Oregon-based plant retailer for its claims against a competitor over unauthorized use of two dozen copyrighted images. The jury verdict, delivered last week, also included a $300,000 statutory damages award, but the plaintiff may elect one jury award or the other (not both) under copyright law. Under a Foot Plant Co., owner of a product line…

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ASMP Supports Key Senators Call for Quick Action on Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act Legislation

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Chuck Grassley (R- IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, which makes the Register of Copyrights a presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed position. ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, supports swift Senate action, and a final result of positioning the Copyright Office to have a permanent Register who is committed to driving forward Copyright Office modernization. After HR1695 was passed…

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Copyright Alliance Applauds House for Decisive Passage of ‘Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act’ (H.R. 1695)

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PRESS RELEASE Copyright Alliance Applauds House for Decisive Passage of ‘Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act’ (H.R. 1695) Bill is critical to modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office Washington, D.C. – April 26, 2017 – The Copyright Alliance applauded today’s passage of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695) by a House vote of 378-48. According to Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “we commend all who demonstrated backing for this important piece…

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ASMP Applauds Passage of HR 1695 ‘The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act’

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© J David Ake ASMP applauds the passage of HR 1695 by the House of Representatives by a decisive vote of 378-48.  The bill, which makes the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee subject to Senate confirmation, now goes to the Senate for its consideration. “I was delighted to see the House pass HR 1695. The selection process will now benefit from Congressional input on potential nominees. I look forward to continuing to work with our advocacy…

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ASMP Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

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April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day. World Intellectual Property Day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”. Intellectual property rights play a vital role in all of our lives. Visit the World Intellectual Property Organization’s site to learn…

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As former Copyright Office leaders, we support an autonomous register of copyrights

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Cross-posted from The Hill [by Ralph Oman and Marybeth Peters] Last fall we wrote to Congress expressing our concern about the decaying relationship between the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office. Since that time, the situation has worsened, and, as we predicted, Congress is moving to intervene. We applaud the introduction of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, H.R. 1695, which would make the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee subject to Senate…

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Copyright Office Modernization Through an Artist’s Lens

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[Hypebot Op-Ed] Copyright Office legislation is moving through Congress, and the House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill when they return from Easter Recess. In this op-ed, leaders from five leading advocacy organizations come together to explain why this debate is important for all creatives. Guest post by Tom Kennedy, Lara Kisielewska, Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Juliette Wolf-Robin, and David Trust Most everyone knows the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.” It captures…

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Creators and Innovators Support H.R. 1695, “The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017”

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ASMP, along with other organizations, unions, and guilds representing and supporting creators and inventors, express support of H.R. 1695, “The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017”, and have submitted an industry letter to Members of Congress requesting their support of the bill. The letter states the following: H.R. 1695 Recognizes the Importance of Copyright to the U.S. Economy, Jobs and Culture: Copyright is critical to the U.S., with core copyright industries contributing over $1.2…

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Advocacy Alert: Tell Your Representative to Vote Yes on HR1695

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© Image JD Ake   Any creator who has ever registered their copyright with the US Copyright Office or tried to search copyright records know the Office’s technology is outdated. We’ve long called for modernizing the Copyright Office. And as Congress reviewed the copyright laws over the last four years, it has realized that Copyright Office modernization is critical to making sure our copyright laws continue to work for all creators, big or small, as…

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Advocacy Alert: Support Needed for Texas Drone Journalism Bill SB839

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In 2013, Texas passed a law that makes drone photography in Texas illegal under many circumstances. There is currently a bill in the Texas legislature that would exempt journalists from the law, thus legalizing drone journalism in Texas, but the bill is stalled in committee. ASMP supports this bill to legalize drone journalism in Texas. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO MOVE BILL SB839 INTO LAW. Why the current law is bad: Under the law, it…

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