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Lynn Goldsmith’s Perspective on the Lawsuit Filed by the Warhol Estate

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ASMP member Lynn Goldsmith hasn’t been served with papers yet, but Andy Warhol’s Estate has filed a lawsuit against her and the photographic industry is watching. “The issue at stake in this matter concerns whether a copyright owner’s rights can be trampled on in the name of fine art. I believe Warhol overstepped the boundaries in this situation. I was surprised that this lawsuit was started since we believed we were near a settlement of the…

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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their copyright with the US Copyright Office or tried to search copyright records know the Office’s technology is outdated.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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Busting Myths Surrounding H.R. 1695

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Terrica Carrington] The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act was introduced in the House on March 23, by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), with the bipartisan support of 29 co-sponsors, in addition to statements of support from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senate Judiciary Committee Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The bill enjoys widespread support…

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Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act is First Step Towards a Modern Copyright Office

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  Cross-posted from cpip.gmu.edu [by Kevin Madigan] The House Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act by a vote of 27-1. Introduced last Thursday by Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.—with the support of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Patrick Leahy—the Act is the first legislative effort to follow a four-year review of U.S. Copyright law and aims…

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Advocacy Alert: Call to Action on HR 1695 -Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017

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ASMP is pleased to report that the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte, and Ranking Member, John Conyers, by a bipartisan vote of 27-1. HR 1695 requires the Register of Copyrights to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  If enacted, it would be an important step in providing much-needed autonomy to the United States Copyright…

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House Judiciary Committee Approves Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017

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ASMP is pleased to report that, yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 27-1 HR 1695, the Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte, and Ranking Member, John Conyers.  HR 1695 would require the Register of Copyrights to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  If enacted, it would be an important step in providing much-needed autonomy to the United…

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Legislation is Introduced by House Judiciary Committee to Make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointee Subject to Confirmation by Senate

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ASMP welcomes the introduction of H.R. 1695 (the Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017) by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and ranking member John Conyers, and cosponsored by 29 members.   This legislation would take the critical step of requiring the Register of Copyrights to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  This proposed change in the Register selection process was previously advocated by ASMP and several of its colleagues…

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ASMP Statement in Support of Funding for National Endowment for the Arts

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  “The Arts and Sciences, essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament of human life, have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind.”  –George Washington   As the Executive Director of ASMP, a trade association representing thousands of visual creators, I find the recent budget proposed by President Trump to eliminate the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the…

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