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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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ASMP Memorandum in Opposition to Proposed New York State’s Right of Publicity Legislation

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  Image © Simpson, Gubertz & Heger   Editor’s Update on 6.21.17 at 4:10pm: ASMP has just been advised that the New York Assembly ‘s Right of Publicity bill’s sponsor, Assembly Leader, Joe Morelle (D-Rochester), has removed the bill from the floor due to legislative session ending today. ASMP will continue to monitor the situation of this legislation in the New York legislative bodies, but for now, the call to action on this legislation is no longer in play….

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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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