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CreativeFuture is Mobilizing Creative Community

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CreativeFuture promotes the value of creativity in today’s digital age. We embrace expanded audience access to content in ways that reward creativity and hard work. We are united in opposition to for-profit theft of creative works, which jeopardizes the rights of all creative individuals, puts jobs at risk, and undermines new business models and distribution platforms. Our mission is to empower the creative community to speak with one collective and powerful voice – advancing a…

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Graphic Artists’ Guild Hosts Small Claims Legislation Webinar

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Graphic Artists’ Guild National Advocacy Liaison, Lisa Shaftel, hosted a webinar to discuss the current work involving the establishment of the small claims copyright court with guest speakers: IP attorney and DMLA Counsel Nancy Wolff; ASMP Executive Director, Thomas Kennedy; and  Michael Klipper, Law Office of Michael R. Klipper, PLLC. To view the full webinar, please click here.

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In Response to Jonathan Band’s post, “Shot on an iPhone, Everyone’s the Competition”

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In response to Jonathan Band’s recent post, “Shot on an iPhone, Everyone’s the Competition” on project-disco.org, Tom Kennedy writes: I find Jonathan Band’s latest blog post to be odd in choosing to describe changing technology as the primary driver of lost income for professional photographers while appearing simultaneously to minimize the importance of copyright infringements as a reality also producing real income losses.  While describing the impact of amateur imagery on traditional sources of professional…

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New England Chapter Advocacy Meeting with Rep. Ciccilline (D-RI)

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From left to right: ASMP New England member, David Wells, ASMP New England Chapter President, Mike Ritter, Rep. David Ciccilline, and ASMP National Board Director, Marianne Lee. Photo courtesy of Rep. David Ciccilline’s Rhode Island Office. In support of ASMP’s efforts to establish a Small Claims Tribunal to remedy copyright infringements, New England Chapter members recently met with Rep. Ciccilline in his Home District to request his support of this critical copyright reform legislation that protects works of…

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Scott Kelby’s It’s Guest Blog Wednesday Featuring Tom Kennedy!

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Why A Small Claims Solution Must Become Law To effectively address copyright infringements in the digital age, we must start by acknowledging the realities of our economy and legal system, as they exist today. It is not a stretch to say under current copyright law, professional photographers all too often have rights, but no remedies, when it comes to dealing with copyright infringements. While the digital age has provided us with amazing tools and new…

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First Small Claims Bill Introduced in Congress

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and cosponsor Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced legislation to establish the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) to oversee infringement claims of creators ASMP’s quest for legislation to create a fair, cost-effective, and streamlined venue in which its members can seek relief for relatively modest copyright infringement claims took an important step forward on July 13th with the introduction of H.R. 5757: Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016 by Rep….

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Copyright Small Claims White Paper Released by Visual Arts Associations

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While there has been a great deal of discussion recently about the possibility of Congress creating a small claims process for visual arts, several visual artist groups, representing hundreds of thousands of creators, have joined forces to propose key components of potentially forthcoming small claims legislation. Collectively, the groups represent photographers, photojournalists, videographers, illustrators, graphic designers, artists, and other visual artists as well as their licensing representatives. The white paper, which can be viewed here,…

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