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Participate in the Authors Coalition Survey to Benefit ASMP Programs

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Image © J. David Ake   For the past year, ASMP has been working with many other author groups as part of the Authors  Coalition to reclaim non‐title-specific royalties from photocopies made abroad. With your help, in the past year ASMP has collected $80,000, which has allowed us to support and fund our Foundation, Seminars, Chapters, Specialty Groups, Online Business Resources and much more. Our share of the money collected is determined by the responses that we get from the genre survey below; your prompt and accurate answer on the Authors Coalition Survey will determine…

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Small Claims and Reform of the Copyright Office Update

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Today, ASMP as a member of the Coalition of Visual Artists, a group of visual artist organizations, filed a statement in which it described its views on reform of the Copyright Office, including a detailed analysis on what a copyright small claims housed in the Copyright Office, should look like.  The statement was submitted in response to a request for comments by the chairman and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. The small claims portion of the statement—authored by…

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Contribute to the Conversation in 2017

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If you would like to contribute to the many facets of what is ASMP – advocacy, blogging, imaging, mentoring – we invite you to share your insights and talents with the ASMP community and the world beyond in 2017. Send submissions or queries to We look forward to hearing from you! ~~~ NOTICE: If you are a member who has so graciously offered your image(s) for ASMP promotional use, please ensure that your name is noted…

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Copyright Alliance CEO Urges President Trump to Support U.S. Copyright Protections that Drive the Economy and Jobs

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 PRESS RELEASE Copyright Alliance CEO Urges President Trump to Support U.S. Copyright Protections that Drive the Economy and Jobs Core copyright industries added $1.2 trillion to the U.S. GDP and employed nearly 5.5 million men and women in 2015 WASHINGTON – The Copyright Alliance, an organization representing over 1.8 million individual creators and 13,000 organizations, today urged President Trump to stand with American creators and innovators by promoting and preserving the value of copyright in United…

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ASMP Member Participation Opportunities on Copyright Reform

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Image Courtesy of ASMP Member J. David Ake As we’ve been reporting in recent weeks, we are diligently working on getting the copyright reform issue reintroduced to the new Congress. Opportunities to be Heard – Please Participate! There are a couple of opportunities you have to make your voice heard on this issue by completing different online surveys. Survey #1: Provides input to the Library of Congress on the qualifications necessary for the new Registrar…

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The Association of American Publishers (AAP) Names Maria A. Pallante as President and CEO

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Cross-posted from Washington, DC; Jan. 12, 2017 – The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today that the former United States Register of Copyrights, Maria A. Pallante, will succeed Tom Allen who is retiring as President and CEO. Pallante, who will join AAP on January 17, 2017, is widely-known as an intellectual property expert with a distinguished record of public service. “Maria is a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of…

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ASMP Perspective and Action on Copyright Reform

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As the ongoing copyright reform process before the House Judiciary Committee moves to an important new stage, ASMP believes it is critical that members have a clear understanding of that process and the role our organization is playing in protecting the interests of small creators. I recently sat down with ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy and ASMP’S outside counsel Mike Klipper to get their perspective on what this really means for photographers and other visual artists and…

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Press Release: ASMP Applauds Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Cosponsor Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Introduction of Small Claims Copyright Bill

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ASMP applauds the introduction by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) of H.R. 6496, the Fairness for American Small Creators Act, which would create a small claims copyright board within the Copyright Office. The prospects for enacting small claims legislation in the new Congress of a small claims copyright process—ASMP’s top legislative priority—are enhanced significantly by the leadership and involvement of Representatives Chu and Smith, both members of the House Judiciary Committee which…

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House Judiciary Committee to Turn Attention to Reform of the Copyright Office and Creation of a Small Claims Copyright Tribunal

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Today, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking Democrat on the Committee, announced the next steps in the Committee’s multi-year review of the copyright law. Specifically, they issued the first of a number of policy proposals that will address components of their proposed legislative reform of the copyright act.  Of particular importance to ASMP members is the Committee leadership’s statement that reform of the Copyright Office should…

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Freelance Isn’t Free Act Passes in NYC with 51 Votes!

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[by Laura Brockett Murphy] In a truly historic moment, New York City became the first city in the nation to protect freelance workers against client nonpayment today on October 27, 2016. This landmark victory is a testament to what can be accomplished when we stand together for the rights of the new workforce. To read the full article, click here.

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