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Copyright Office Says Landmark Piracy Law Needs Fine-Tuning

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Cross-posted from The Hollywood Reporter. [By Eriq Gardner] “In a nearly 200-page report issued Thursday, the U.S. Copyright Office describes how the safe-harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act now favors tech companies over rights-holders. After studying the issue for several years and receiving more than 92,000 comments, the Copyright Office reports that ‘Congress may wish to fine-tune” the statute.’” Copyright Office Says Landmark Piracy Law Needs Fine-Tuning

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Photographer Rights Online: A Live Panel Discussion

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On Wednesday, May 6 @ 6pm EST, ASMP General Counsel Thomas Maddrey will join the attorneys for photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, and Robert Caplin from The Photo Brigade. Register here: Together, this panel will examine the case of Sinclair v. Mashable (read more HERE) in which a District Court in the Southern District of New York held that by putting an image…

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ASMP’s Tom Kennedy to Participate in ABA Panel Discussion on Intellectual Property and CASE Act

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ABA pleased to extend an invitation to attend ABA’s Intellectual Property & the CASE Act panel and video, starting at 10 a.m. ET on April 23. ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy has been invited as a panelist for the ABA Intellectual Property & the CASE Act discussion. Click here for the a full events schedule that will be held as part of the 2020 #ABADay Digital initiatives. The event will be held as a Twitter…

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Letter to Instagram From ASMP and Seven Other Visual Creators Groups

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This afternoon ASMP General Counsel Thomas Maddrey sent a letter to the CEO of Instagram Adam Mosseri and the CEO of Facebook (Instagram’s parent company) Mark Zuckerberg on behalf of all ASMP Members expressing our concerns about the recent court case Sinclair v. Ziff-Davis. You may read the letter here. This letter was supported and signed by seven other visual associations: American Photographic Artists, American Society for Collective Rights Licensing, Digital Media Licensing Association, Graphic…

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ASMP Response to Instagram Ruling And What You Can Do Today (New FAQ)

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On April 13, 2020, an opinion was rendered in District Court in New York regarding “embedding” an image that was available on a public Instagram account of photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair. You can read a detailed post on the issues and the background of this case in our recent article published here. Many of our members and others in the photography and visual creator community have been asking us what they should do now, and what…

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Does Posting To Instagram Create an Unlimited Sublicense? Sinclair v. Ziff Davis and What To Do Now

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(Author’s Note: For a summary version of this matter, and action steps you can take right now, please read this post, recently updated.) On April 13, 2020, an opinion and order in a copyright infringement case was published by a court in the Southern District of New York that has rocked the photography industry and reignited the debate of social platforms such as Instagram as an outlet for photographers to showcase their work. Let’s take…

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ASMP Advocacy Update: March/April 2020

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As we all know far too well, our copyright system does not work well for photographers, especially high volume photographers. Determining what work to register and when to do so is confusing. The registration process is archaic, costly and time-consuming.  Determining whether and when work has been published as required by copyright law can be incredibly difficult and getting the determination wrong can result in the invalidation of a registration in a subsequent infringement action….

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What We Learned This Week: SCOTUS Rules States Cannot be Sued for Copyright Infringement

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily [by David Schonauer] Coronavirus wasn’t the only photo news this week. On Tuesday we learned that the US Supreme Court ruled that a videographer who spent two decades documenting the salvaging of Blackbeard’s pirate ship cannot sue the state of North Carolina in federal court for using his videos without his permission. The ruling was a victory for states claiming immunity from copyright infringement lawsuits, noted NPR, and, added The Art Newspaper, a…

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Copyright Office Announces New Fees: How does this affect you?

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The United States Copyright Office (USCO) announced February 19, 2020 that it’s “adopting a new fee schedule for services in the following areas: registration, recordation, record retrieval, search and certification, the Licensing Division, and other services.” This USCO change stems from a series of studies conducted to determine what fees need to be modified for services provided by the USCO. The USCO revisits this issue every three to five years and considered over 160 public…

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