ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers



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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Review of KodakIt Program

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  [by Nathan Hoerschelmann]   Tom Kennedy, ASMP’s Executive Director, asked me to look over the KodakIt program and to share my thoughts. KodakIt advertises itself as a platform connecting photographers to businesses globally with the phrases “Earn more money. Be your own boss. Get paid fast. Shoot when you want.” 1. Mass Access Is Alluring There are a few ways in which this program seemingly addresses most freelancers’ concerns: 1) access to new clients,…

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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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ASMP Co-Hosts Copyright Q&A Session at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University

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Arlington, Virginia  ASMP, in conjunction with the Antonin Scalia Law School’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, and the Washington Area Lawyers for Artists (WALA) hosted a panel discussion where Antonin Scalia Law School students responded to questions posed  by ASMP members.  The questions addressed pertained to DMCA Take Down Notices, posting content on social media, and classification of “work made for hires” among other issues.  Following the panel presentations, ASMP and WALA…

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Photographer Glen E. Friedman Wins Appeal in Copyright Case v. Live Nation Merchandise

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Cross-posted from [by Conor Risch] A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court erred when it dismissed photographer Glen E. Friedman‘s willful copyright infringement claims against Live Nation Merchandising in 2014. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said evidence in the case suggests willful infringement, and that Friedman may be entitled to more damages. The case has been sent back to the lower court, where Friedman is awaiting…

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Second Circuit Brings Some Sanity Back to Transformative Fair Use

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Cross-posted from [by Devlin Hartline] The Second Circuit handed down an opinion in TCA Television v. McCollum earlier this week holding that a play’s inclusion of Abbott and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First?” routine was not transformative fair use. Given how expansive transformativeness has become lately, especially in the Second Circuit, the opinion is somewhat surprising. What’s more, it’s not clear that the appellate court even needed to reach the fair use issue since…

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