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Mayor de Blasio Signs Freelance Isn’t Free Act into Law

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Cross-posted from blog.freelancersunion.org [by Laura Brockett Murphy] Yesterday, November 16, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City signed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act into law. This starts the clock on a 180 day countdown until the Act goes into effect. Designed to protect freelance workers against nonpayment, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act mandates contracts for gigs paying over $800, and increases penalties for clients found guilty of late or nonpayment. You can learn…

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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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Statement of the American Society of Media Photographers on Departure of Maria Pallante as Register and Director of the United States Copyright Office

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[By Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director] The American Society of Media Photographers[1] (ASMP) is saddened by the removal of Maria Pallante as Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office by the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. During her tenure at the Copyright Office, Register Pallante was an outstanding public servant who was dedicated to the proper and fair operation of our constitutionally-based copyright system. Among other things, ASMP applauds…

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Tom Kennedy Attends Meeting with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

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Tom Kennedy attended a meeting today with Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, with other members of the copyright community that was organized by Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of Copyright Alliance, in the wake of Hayden’s dismissal of Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights. During the meeting, Kennedy emphasized in the discussion with Hayden that ASMP and other visual creator groups were seeking a remedy for the problem of massive infringements unleashed by the digital publishing environment. Kennedy…

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Update on Leadership Changes at US Copyright Office

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October 24, 2016 – Tom Kennedy and Mike Klipper have spoken to a few key staff members still in town before the election to express their concerns on behalf of ASMP members that the momentum on small claims legislation not be adversely impacted by Maria Pallante’s departure as Register of Copyrights, and will continue to express that point when meeting with other elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill. The two also participated in a well-attended live/phone-in Copyright Alliance…

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Copyright Alliance Statement on Today’s Changes in the Copyright Office Leadership by New Librarian of Congress

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In response to the October 21, 2016 Copyright Office announcement about leadership changes referenced below in Copyright Alliance press release, and as a Copyright Alliance member, Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, and ASMP outside counsel, Mike Klipper, are in communications with other members of the Copyright Alliance as well as other groups in the copyright community representing visual creators to discuss developments and a collective response. There are a number of intertwined issues that will affect the future of copyright reform,…

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Here’s How Much Copyright Contributes to the US Economy

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Terrica Carrington] We talk a lot about the value of copyright protection — no surprise there. Copyright fosters creativity and leads to the development of culturally rich and historically significant works of art. It allows creators to reap the benefits of the time and effort they’ve devoted to their creative endeavors. It’s a driving force behind our preservation efforts. But if we had to put a price tag on it, exactly how much…

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The BIG Deal About Copyright Small Claims

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org. By Terrica Carrington, Copyright Alliance Copyright Counsel On September 21st, the Copyright Society of the USA, the Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention, and the Copyright Alliance co-sponsored The Big Deal About Copyright Small Claims — a discussion on the role of a small claims process as a possible alternative for certain types of copyright litigation. The event took place on Capitol Hill and featured speakers representing various players across the…

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The Big Deal About Copyright Small Claims Event

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The Big Deal About Copyright Small Claims     Lunch and Learn With Opening Remarks by Rep. Judy Chu and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Wednesday, September 21 11:15am-12:45pm   Rayburn House Office Building Room TBD Washington, DC   CLICK TO REGISTER The program is free, but please RSVP   Self-publishing services, blogs, and other digital platforms have given individual creators countless new ways to display and distribute their works across the globe.  At the same time, when…

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ASMP Members Attend Small Claims “Tribunal” Meeting with Representative Judy Chu

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[By Barry Schwartz] Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) is expected to introduce a bill this month that would create a small claims court for intellectual property disputes. On September 2, she, along with two staff members, met in her local office in Pasadena, CA with four people from the photography community: photographer, ASMP member, and PLUS Coalition CEO Jeff Sedlik; Juliette Wolf-Robin, Executive Director of APA; photographer Dana Hursey; and myself. We met with Rep. Chu…

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