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Highlights from First Day of CASE Act Fly-In Activity on Capitol Hill

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ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy and ASMP counsel, Mike Klipper, along with more than forty visual creators and advocates, including ASMP members, attended various meetings with members of Congress today to brief members and members’ staffs about the CASE Act, and to urge their support of the CASE Act bill.     In the afternoon, creators and advocates attended the Senate CASE Act briefing, where Senate staff was invited to learn more about the CASE…

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Take Two Quick Clicks in Support of CASE Act!

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When a visual creator's work is stolen and they attempt to protect it, visual creators are hurt the most by the high cost of taking the infringer to federal court. The individual value of the visual creator's works is often too low to justify the cost of going to federal court and most attorneys won’t even consider taking these small cases. As a result, these infringements regularly go unchallenged, leading many creators to feel disenfranchised...
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Join ASMP on Capitol Hill in Support of CASE Act – July 17th & 18th

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Make Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill. Join ASMP and other creators for July Advocacy ‘Fly-In’ scheduled this week – July 17th & 18th. 7.15.19 Editor’s Note: See schedule updates below. ASMP and its community of visual creator groups have pivoted CASE Act advocacy efforts towards the Senate this month and scheduled a rash of in-person and online advocacy activities, as the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) moves the CASE Act forward with a mark-up hearing…

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ASMP Joins the Blue Wave on Capitol Hill for Hearing on Oversight of USCO

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Register Karyn Temple (center) with Blue Wave creators at House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing © John Harrington ASMP joined the Copyright Alliance, PPA, and other creator groups on the Hill for the House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the United States Copyright Office (USCO). Register Karyn Temple addressed questions about copyright office modernization, registration and recordation, law and policy, and another topic of concern to ASMP members and other creators - Small Claims. View...
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Supreme Court Watch: High Court To Decide Whether State Governments Can Be Sued for Money Damages in Copyright Cases

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ASMP members need to know that from a legal perspective, dealing with a state entity, such as a state-run college, may prove very different than interacting with a private entity or person.  Simply put, there is a longstanding doctrine of state sovereign immunity that, in general, prevents private citizens from recovering money in a lawsuit against a state instrumentality — unless immunity has been abolished by judicial or legislative action. Troubled by successful assertions by…

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ASMP Submits Comments on Revised Draft of USCO Compendium of US Copyright Practices

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While passage of the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act), HR 2426/S.1273, in this session of Congress remains the top legislative priority for ASMP, we continue to focus on other aspects of the copyright system and modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) itself. Regularly, we respond to requests from the USCO to offer public comment on their activities and policies. These afford us the chance to give voice to…

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Initial Findings of ASMP’s 2019 Copyright Infringement Survey

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  As previously communicated, Members of Congress and their staffs have asked for hard data in support of our claim that infringement income loss is a huge problem for visual creators in order to secure introduction and passage of the CASE Act. To respond to that request, we sent out the 2019 ASMP Copyright Infringement Survey in early April to gather data to back up individual stories of infringements that have caused harm to photographers,…

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Kennedy, Panelist on CASE Act Briefing for Members of Congress and Staffs

By Advocacy, Copyright Alliance, Copyright ReformNo Comments

On May 23, the Copyright Alliance hosted a lunch briefing for members of Congress and their staffs to discuss the importance of H.R. 2426 and S. 1273, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (the CASE Act). Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance, moderated a panel comprised of Frank Cullen, Vice President of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Tom Kennedy, Executive Director, American Society of Media Photographers; and Michael Lewan, Director of…

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Op-Ed: Why Creators Like Me Are Lining Up in Support of the CASE Act

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Cross-posted from ipwatchdog.com [by Jenna Close] “It is extremely uncomfortable and difficult to explain to a client that, while I own the copyright to the work I create specifically for their brand, in practice I have no way to pursue unauthorized use of that work.” ________________________ I have heard it said that a right without a remedy isn’t really a right. This saying completely and accurately sums up my experience with copyright infringement in the modern…

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CASE Act-ion #2: Email or Tweet Your Rep to Urge Support of HR2426!

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In this second CASE Act campaign, we invite you to email or tweet your Representative requesting that they sign on as a co-sponsor to HR 2426 (the CASE Act) if they are not already a sponsor or co-sponsor! If they are a CASE Act sponsor, we invite you to thank them. Current copyright law does not provide for the protections that visual creators need in the digital age. The CASE Act will provide protection and...
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