ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers


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The mission of ASMP Advocacy efforts are designed to empower still and motion photographers, and associated imaging professionals; and educate both members and non-members about policies that impact both the person and the profession.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has
. – Margaret Mead


2019 CASE Act Campaign News

May 23, 2019: Close Op-Ed in IP Watchdog: Why Creators Like Me Are Lining Up in Support of the CASE Act

May 13, 2019: Kennedy Op-Ed in The Hill: The CASE Act is an Opportunity for Creators to Have Rights and Remedies

May 9, 2019: Join Tweet Campaign in Support of HR 2426 (the CASE Act)!

May 2, 2019: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces its Support of the CASE Act

May 1, 2019: ASMP Applauds Introduction of CASE Act in House and Senate

May 1, 2019: Press Release: Collins, Jeffries Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Middle Class Creators from Copyright Infringement

April 3, 2019: Visual Creators Invited to Participate in Copyright Infringement Survey

For additional information on ASMP’s Small Claims advocacy efforts and actions, go to Small Claims Report.

Join the discussion on advocacy with the ASMP community in the NEW ASMP Forums.



Supreme Court Watch: High Court To Decide Whether State Governments Can Be Sued for Money Damages in Copyright Cases

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ASMP members need to know that from a legal perspective, dealing with a state entity, such as a state-run college, may prove very different than interacting with a private entity or person.  Simply put, there is a longstanding doctrine of state sovereign immunity that, in general, prevents private citizens from recovering money in a lawsuit against a state instrumentality — unless immunity has been abolished by judicial or legislative action. Troubled by successful assertions by…

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ASMP Submits Comments on Revised Draft of USCO Compendium of US Copyright Practices

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While passage of the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act), HR 2426/S.1273, in this session of Congress remains the top legislative priority for ASMP, we continue to focus on other aspects of the copyright system and modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) itself. Regularly, we respond to requests from the USCO to offer public comment on their activities and policies. These afford us the chance to give voice to…

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Initial Findings of ASMP’s 2019 Copyright Infringement Survey

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  As previously communicated, Members of Congress and their staffs have asked for hard data in support of our claim that infringement income loss is a huge problem for visual creators in order to secure introduction and passage of the CASE Act. To respond to that request, we sent out the 2019 ASMP Copyright Infringement Survey in early April to gather data to back up individual stories of infringements that have caused harm to photographers,…

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Kennedy, Panelist on CASE Act Briefing for Members of Congress and Staffs

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On May 23, the Copyright Alliance hosted a lunch briefing for members of Congress and their staffs to discuss the importance of H.R. 2426 and S. 1273, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (the CASE Act). Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance, moderated a panel comprised of Frank Cullen, Vice President of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Tom Kennedy, Executive Director, American Society of Media Photographers; and Michael Lewan, Director of…

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Op-Ed: Why Creators Like Me Are Lining Up in Support of the CASE Act

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Cross-posted from [by Jenna Close] “It is extremely uncomfortable and difficult to explain to a client that, while I own the copyright to the work I create specifically for their brand, in practice I have no way to pursue unauthorized use of that work.” ________________________ I have heard it said that a right without a remedy isn’t really a right. This saying completely and accurately sums up my experience with copyright infringement in the modern…

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