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ASMP Invites Members to Participate in Copyright Alliance Survey On Potential Impact of USCO Fee Increases

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    As has been previously communicated, the U.S. Copyright Office is proposing an increase in fees for copyright registration applications and other Copyright Office services. In response, the Copyright Alliance (CA) has created a brief survey to better understand how this increase would impact the copyright community. The Copyright Alliance will compile the data from survey responses and use it in comments to be submitted to the Copyright Office in opposition to the increase…

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Tech Tent – did Silicon Valley win the copyright war?

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Editor’s note: While ASMP continues to advocate for copyright reform directives that protect the intellectual property of members in the US, we want our members to be apprised of actions related to copyright directives taking place in international forums.  Cross-posted from bbc.com [by Rory Cella-Jones] Did European politicians succumb to pressure from Silicon Valley and its powerful lobbying machine when they voted down a measure which would have rewarded publishers and artists? This week’s Tech…

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Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe

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Cross-posted from nytimes.com [by Adam Sartariano] It’s a fight nearly as old as the internet. On one side are news organizations, broadcasters and music companies that want to control how their content spreads across the web, and to be paid more for it. On the other are tech companies such as Facebook and Google, which argue that they funnel viewers and advertising revenue to media outlets, and free-speech advocates, who say that regulating the internet…

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Action Request: Please Submit Requests for WHOIS Data to Domain Name Registrars/Registries and the IPC

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Terry Hart] Please Submit Requests for WHOIS Data to Domain Name Registrars/Registries and the IPC: As previously reported, access to the WHOIS database – which law enforcement, copyright owners and other rights holders use to obtain the identity and contact information for those who are operating infringing websites – is now being restricted due to a temporary specification approved by ICANN in order to comply with the EU General Data Protection…

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Update: Call to Action on Proposed Copyright Registration Fee Hike

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Image © Jenna Close While ASMP has collected data from members who regularly register copyrights and is currently preparing an official public comment opposing the United States Copyright Office’s proposed copyright registration fee hike, ASMP invites members and non-members to submit comments directly to the United States Copyright Office (USCO) opposing the proposed copyright registration fee hikes. The proposed USCO copyright registration fee hike includes: Standard Application: from $55 to $75 Filing a Paper Supplementary…

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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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The CASE Act is the Solution to the Alleged Copyright Troll Problem, Not the Cause.

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Keith Kupferschmid] An updated version of the CASE Act, H.R. 3945 — a bill that was introduced by Rep. Jeffries last year and revised last month — is expected to be considered soon by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill is a priority for individual creators and small businesses who are often victimized by infringement but can’t afford to enforce their rights in federal court because federal litigation is too expensive…

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The CASE Act Challenge: Submit an Image or Video in Support of Small Claims Tribunal

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Grab your camera and join the CASE Act Challenge! Submit an image or a video telling the world why it is important for Congress to enact the CASE Act! Images: Make a sign.  Something that reads “I Support the CASE Act!” or  “Visual Creators Support the CASE Act” “Protect My Rights – Enact the CASE Act!” or signs with other phrases in support of the CASE Act using #HR3945, #SmallClaims,  #MySkillsPayBills  and #MyCASE4Copyright tags. Videos:…

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Warning: Your Attorney May Be Hazardous to Your Copyright Health

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Keith Kupferschmid] Editor’s note from ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy: As we lobby for a change to copyright law that would enable the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office, legislation entitled the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE) of 2018 to hear infringement cases, the only available current remedy for infringement disputes is going to federal court.  In this post,  Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright…

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