ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers



Google Now Tags Images as “Licensable”: Is This a Game Changer?

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It is one of the most vexing questions photographers face: how do I prevent my images from being stolen when the web has made it so easy to find photographs? The answer we wish we had was that when an image is found online, it is also easy to find the photographer and the licensing info. Enter Google’s new Licensing Badge.  In recent years, Google has been collaborating with the image licensing industry to protect…

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Lynn Goldsmith Gets a “Fair” Shake in 2nd Circuit

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On September 15, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments in The Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith, a case that could have powerful implications for photographers’ ability to enforce copyright protections and license their works. (For more on this case, see our previous post here). What Are Oral Arguments Anyway? In an appellate court, the parties to a lawsuit can ask the court to hear oral arguments. It…

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Breaking News: New Register of Copyrights Named

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Today, the Librarian of Congress, Director Carla Hayden, named Shira Perlmutter the next Register of Copyrights and Director of the Copyright Office.  ASMP congratulates Register Perlmutter on her new position and applauds Dr. Hayden for choosing such a widely respected and renowned expert in both domestic and international copyright law. Register Perlmutter becomes the 14th Register of Copyrights and will assume her new post in late October.  She brings to the position a wealth of experience in copyright…

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PPP Forgiveness FAQ

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The Basics Is loan forgiveness automatic? No. You must request forgiveness through your bank or lender. Who do I request forgiveness from? You request loan forgiveness from the bank or lender who processed your loan. NOT the SBA. How should I use my loan proceeds to be eligible for Forgiveness? Under current SBA guidance: You must use at least 60% of funds for eligible payroll costs to qualify for full loan forgiveness, down from 75%…

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ASMP Strongly Condemns Judicial Order to Turn Over Protest Photographs

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The American Society of Media Photographers strongly condemns the July 23rd ruling by a King County, Washington Superior Court that attempts to force the Seattle Times and four other news outlets to turn over to law enforcement unpublished photographs and video of the racial justice protests on May 30th. The state court found that these organizations were not protected by “shield” laws that were designed to prevent such compelled delivery of reporters’ unpublished materials. This is flatly unacceptable. As…

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Instagram Comes out Defending Artists – Update

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UPDATE June 24, 2020: The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has granted Stephanie Sinclair’s motion for reconsideration. The Sinclair case garnered a lot of attention in the creative community when the court ruled that, Mashable’s use of photos from Ms. Sinclair’s public Instagram account did not amount to copyright infringement, even though Mashable had unsuccessfully tried to license the photos from Ms. Sinclair prior to their use and therefore…

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Same Court, Same Issue, Different Result? Instagram and Embedding Round 2

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Author’s Note: As you know, ASMP has been heavily involved in the Sinclair v. Ziff-Davis case from last month, and drafted a letter on behalf of the major visual creator groups asking for changes. We also provided more guidance here. You can see an update on what Instagram said regarding this just in the last few hours right here.  Not two months after the Sinclair decision, the United States District Court for the Southern District…

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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 COVID-19 Town Hall Q&A – May 1

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Friday May 1@ 3pmET Join ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy, ASMP General Counsel Tom Maddrey, and ASMP Copyright Counsel Mike Klipper for the seventh in a series of “Town Hall Q&A” sessions. This set of Town Hall events is another way to hear from our members, and provide current, practical, and sound advice in these tough times. Updates on the SBA's PPP and EIDL programs, along with updates on ASMP advocacy, so bring your questions....
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(Updated – 04/26/20) Paycheck Protection Program :: Why Every Photographer, Artist, and Small Business Needs to Apply

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CRITICAL UPDATE: As of Friday, April 24, the new bill authorizing $370 billion to the PPP and EIDL programs has been signed by the President and now we are waiting on the SBA to let us know when they will be processing new EIDL Advance applications. They have told banks that they will start processing new PPP applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30am EST. Check here for the latest updates straight from the SBA. …

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