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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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ASMP and Other Supporters of HR 3945 Lobby House Judiciary Committee

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As previously reported, ASMP’S top legislative priority in Congress is H.R. 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.  The bill is currently co-sponsored by Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), Doug Collins (R-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA).  The overriding purpose of the legislation is to finally provide individual creators with an effective and affordable means to combat infringements…

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HR 3945 Member Advocacy Challenge

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All organizations focused on protecting the rights of creators are amping up their advocacy efforts in support of HR 3945, “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (The CASE Act), and we are issuing a challenge to all ASMP members. Let’s see if we can OUT ADVOCATE our colleagues! While many of you have acted on our earlier requests to contact your representatives to encourage their support of HR 3945, it is critical that we up the numbers of our outreach…

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Call to Action: Copyright Registration Rulemaking

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  In response to a call from the U.S. Copyright Office regarding proposed changes to the rules about group registrations, the Copyright Alliance is soliciting comments from members of their affiliated organizations, including ASMP.  I think it is crucial to respond with your thoughts.  While the changes appear to be aimed at written works, I think we need to ensure that such limits aren’t imposed on group registrations of photographs.  This could also be an…

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Advocacy Alert: Take Action on HR 3945!

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ASMP has been working diligently for the last two years to secure enactment of our top legislative priority—creation of a small claims copyright court. The good news is that it’s gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. The goal of HR 3945 “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) is to: 1. To protect and promote the interests of professional still and motion photographers, and associated imaging professionals by providing better legal options when they are…

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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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ASMP Strategic Partner, NPPA, Seeks Photojournalists Who Have Had Their Equipment Searched at the U.S. Border 

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[By Mickey H. Osterreicher, Esq.] A number of years ago, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) was an associational plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security regarding the suspicionless searches of laptops and other media storage devices belonging to citizens and, as importantly, to journalists entering the U.S. Unfortunately, the judge, in that case, could not wrap his head around the concept that such devices are far different than searching a suitcase…

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#NoFreePhotos: A Group of Well-Known Street Style Photographers are Taking a Stand

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image: walkingcanuks   Cross-posted from thefashionlaw.com In the midst of the chaos of the Spring/Summer 2018 runway shows and Versace’s blow-out finale on Friday evening, it appears that for a while now, there has been something of an unspoken battle simmering between some of fashion’s biggest brands and influencers, and a handful of the street style photographers who have had a hand in helping to make them so famous. Unspoken until-very recently, that is. Read…

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ASMP and other Visual Artist Groups Invite Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for Tour of Photoville

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  Today, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a leading and ardent supporter of legislation to create a copyright small claims court took a tour of Photoville, the annual outdoor photography festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park showcasing the creative efforts of many professional photographers.  ASMP, through the efforts of its executive director, Tom Kennedy, arranged the tour, and was joined on it by local NY Chapter members and representatives…

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ASMP Advocating for Copyright Reform in New York at Photoville

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ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, and ASMP Outside Counsel, Mike Klipper, were in New York today to meet with Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and ASMPNY member constituents led by ASMPNY Chapter President, Thomas Donley, to further the discussion about the need for copyright reform in protecting the rights of content creators represented in New York and across the United States by ASMP. Additional information will be posted shortly about meeting with Representative Jeffries and the tour of Photoville, along with a summary of…

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