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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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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 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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ASMP Executive Director Advocacy Update

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While the majority of ASMP advocacy efforts are focused on legislative actions at the national level in addressing copyright reform, ASMP is also focused on addressing legislative agendas at the state level where proposed bills would harm our members. This is evident in the proposed Right of Publicity legislation introduced in New York State, as referenced in the recent ASMP post “ASMP Memorandum in Opposition to Proposed New York State’s Right of Publicity Legislation“. ASMP took…

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ASMP Memorandum in Opposition to Proposed New York State’s Right of Publicity Legislation

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  Image © Simpson, Gubertz & Heger   Editor’s Update on 6.21.17 at 4:10pm: ASMP has just been advised that the New York Assembly ‘s Right of Publicity bill’s sponsor, Assembly Leader, Joe Morelle (D-Rochester), has removed the bill from the floor due to legislative session ending today. ASMP will continue to monitor the situation of this legislation in the New York legislative bodies, but for now, the call to action on this legislation is no longer in play….

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Jury Awards $900K in Marketing Photo Copyright Case

By | Advocacy, Copyright Reform, Current News, Small Claims Report, Strictly Business Blog | No Comments

Cross-post from pdnpulse.pdnonline.com [by David Walker] A federal jury in Maryland has awarded $900,000 in actual damages to an Oregon-based plant retailer for its claims against a competitor over unauthorized use of two dozen copyrighted images. The jury verdict, delivered last week, also included a $300,000 statutory damages award, but the plaintiff may elect one jury award or the other (not both) under copyright law. Under a Foot Plant Co., owner of a product line…

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ASMP Supports Key Senators Call for Quick Action on Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act Legislation

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Chuck Grassley (R- IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, which makes the Register of Copyrights a presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed position. ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, supports swift Senate action, and a final result of positioning the Copyright Office to have a permanent Register who is committed to driving forward Copyright Office modernization. After HR1695 was passed…

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Chairman Goodlatte Announces Agenda for 115th Congress

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PRESS RELEASE Goodlatte Announces Innovation & Competitiveness Agenda for 115th Congress Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today announced his Innovation and Competitiveness agenda for the 115th Congress. Below are Chairman Goodlatte’s prepared remarks. Chairman Goodlatte: Good morning. I want to thank everyone for being here today. As you all know I had the privilege of announcing the House Judiciary Committee’s full agenda at an event earlier this year but I…

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Executive Director Update 05.01.2017

By | Copyright Reform, Current News, National - Close and Kennedy | No Comments

With the recent relaunch of Find a Photographer and Find an Assistant features to help you connect more fully with potential clients, I wanted to also let you know what else has been happening behind the scenes to this point in 2017. We have chosen to send you a weekly  Strictly Business newsletter update so that you are made aware of all that is being offered at ASMP to you as a member. Along with notifying…

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