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With the CASE Act, Congress can directly help the middle class

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Cross-posted from The Hill [by David Newhoff] If the backbone of the American economy is the entrepreneur, then surely the millions of creative professionals, living in just about every community in the country, must be part of that story. It’s a world I know well. More than half my friends and colleagues are middle-class photographers, designers, graphic artists, filmmakers, writers, composers, and journalists. They produce works comprising a mix of independent projects made available through…

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CASE Act Set to Empower Creators and Impose Accountability

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Cross-post from cpip.gmu.edu [by Kevin Madigan] Next week, the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act is scheduled for markup before the House Judiciary Committee, promising long-overdue support for small creators and copyright owners in their fight against overwhelming infringement in the digital age. While the bill has bipartisan support and the backing of a wide array of individual creators, artist organizations, and the creative industries, some detractors are now raising questions of constitutionality…

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Advocacy Message from ASMP National Board Chair Luke Copping

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The House Judiciary Committee is considering and voting on HR3945 (the CASE Act) in early April; therefore, ASMP needs you to contact – by phone, email, or letter – your representative urging them to support the bill that protects your rights as a creator, even if you have already done so, to stress the urgency and importance of this bill that has been twelve long years in the making. As a working photographer, I support…

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Advocacy Alert: House Vote on HR 3945 Expected in Early April. Take Action Now!

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ASMP knows that a creator’s time is money, but we also know that HR3945, the CASE Act, must be passed to provide protections for your creative works, critically important in this ever-changing digital age. So, we have listed the following quick and powerful online and/or social media messaging options to keep you moving while making a few clicks in the name of advocacy. Click the Take Action button below, and follow the prompts to make…

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Copyright Small Claims: Is It Really Enforceable?

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There have been some excellent questions in response to my recent post, POV: Small Claims from a Photographer’s Perspective. One in particular stood out as a very important item to address. Mike Klipper, the lawyer who has been instrumental in helping ASMP with the heavy lifting on this bill, provides a response. Q: Does the current small claims bill being proposed include a path or method of enforcement? Currently in America, small claims suits are…

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Point of View: Small Claims from a Photographer’s Perspective

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I recently had the opportunity to represent ASMP and the photography community at a two-day roundtable organized by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP). The participants included 17 scholars (professors of law), 7 lawyers, 1 association president, 1 lobbyist….and me. On the drive to the event I became increasingly nervous that I would be in over my head, unable to understand or contribute to the issues under discussion. Nothing could have been…

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ASMP Seeking Examples of Problems Distinguishing USCO “Published” and “Unpublished” Categories

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  As I have worked on U.S. Copyright modernization issues over the past several years, I have repeatedly heard from members about the problems of distinguishing “published vs. unpublished” as a registration matter when making a registration. Our coalition of visual groups representing visual creators is seeking to address this issue head-on with the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) this year as we work for other things like the passage of HR 3945, the CASE Act…

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Notice of Changes to 2018 U.S. Copyright Registration

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Editor’s Note: ASMP took a leading role in organizing the coalition of visual groups to send a letter of protest on February 12, 2018 to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the rollout of a regulation change affecting group registration of unpublished works, requesting that they postpone the launch of the new regulation until April 20th, 2018. On Thursday, February 15th, ASMP hosted a Strictly Business webinar, ASMP TALK: Understanding New Copyright Regulations for Group Registration…

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ASMP Joins Effort to Build Co-Sponsor Support of HR 3945, The CASE Act

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For the past two days, ASMP Copyright Counsel Mike Klipper and Tom Kennedy joined Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance, and representatives from the NPPA, APA, and Author’s Guild for two days of meetings with Members of the House Judiciary Committee and staff members to build further support for HR 3945, the CASE Act of 2018, including trying to get more co-sponsors for the bill. “We were glad to have the opportunity to connect…

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