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Copyright Reform

Kennedy’s Op-Ed in The Hill: The CASE Act is an Opportunity for Creators to Have Rights and Remedies

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Editor’s Note: ASMP’s Tom Kennedy, and ASMP copyright counsel, Mike Klipper, are on the frontline in the advocacy efforts to get the CASE Act bill passed into law. The following op-ed written by Kennedy appeared in The Hill today.  [by Thomas R. Kennedy] Last week, our nation celebrated National Small Business Week — a much-deserved nod to the more than 30 million small businesses that employ nearly 59 million workers. During the week, we honored…

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Advocacy: ASMP To Launch New Advocacy Campaigns with Phone 2 Action App

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With the introduction of the CASE Act by the House and Senate last week, ASMP knows that it is crunch time to lobby  Representatives and Senators to support the passage of the bill. We will be launching a new grassroots advocacy  campaign next week, asking all of you to send a message to your respective Representatives and Senators to ensure that the CASE Act is a legislative priority for them.  We need you to explain…

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Advocacy: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces Its Support of the CASE Act

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In a letter to members of Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated its support of S. 1273 and H.R. 2426, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act”, advising members who cosponsor these bills they would receive credit for the Leadership component of their “How They Voted” rating. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports small business owners, it finds that the CASE Act “would streamline the process for small copyright claims for small…

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Press Release: Collins, Jeffries Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Middle Class Creators from Copyright Infringement

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WASHINGTON — Today, Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. This bipartisan legislation establishes the Copyright Claims Board at the Copyright Office to make it easier and less expensive for independent creators, such as photographers, songwriters and graphic artists, to better defend their intellectual property from theft. “The U.S. economy depends on…

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Europe Looks to Remold Internet with New Copyright Rules

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  Cross-posted from [by Kelvin Chan] LONDON (AP) — The European Union has approved a copyright overhaul that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies. Artists, celebrities and tech experts have spoken out both in favor and against the EU directive, which the 28 member states are required to adopt as law and got…

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USCO Has Issued a Technical Amendment to Rules for Registration of Photographs

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The Copyright Office (USCO) has recently announced a small change to the way that registration of published and unpublished photographs are submitted. Now, you are able to use hyphens, underscores, and other punctuation in the filenames of submitted images. This small change will help photographers more efficiently access the system, and successfully copyright their works. See below the details of the recent changes. The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a technical amendment to the…

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Decision in Fourth Estate Spurs Senate Action

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Cross-posted from If you have read my previous blog posts on the recent US Supreme Court Decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v., LLC (see here and here), you know that I have been concerned with how that decision would affect copyright applications and the impact on claimants ability to take legal action. While my immediate response remains negative, a recent letter to the Acting Registrar of Copyrights Karyn Temple, signed by…

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