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

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November 1, 2017: Call to Action: Copyright Registration Rulemaking

October 26, 2017: Take Action on HR 3945 – CASE Act

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

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HR 3945 Member Advocacy Challenge

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All organizations focused on protecting the rights of creators are amping up their advocacy efforts in support of HR 3945, “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (The CASE Act), and we are issuing a challenge to all ASMP members. Let’s see if we can OUT ADVOCATE our colleagues! While many of you have acted on our earlier requests to contact your representatives to encourage their support of HR 3945, it is critical that we up the numbers of our outreach…

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Call to Action: Copyright Registration Rulemaking

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  In response to a call from the U.S. Copyright Office regarding proposed changes to the rules about group registrations, the Copyright Alliance is soliciting comments from members of their affiliated organizations, including ASMP.  I think it is crucial to respond with your thoughts.  While the changes appear to be aimed at written works, I think we need to ensure that such limits aren’t imposed on group registrations of photographs.  This could also be an…

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Advocacy Alert: Take Action on HR 3945!

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ASMP has been working diligently for the last two years to secure enactment of our top legislative priority—creation of a small claims copyright court. The good news is that it’s gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. The goal of HR 3945 “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) is to: 1. To protect and promote the interests of professional still and motion photographers, and associated imaging professionals by providing better legal options when they are…

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ASMP Supports Introduction of CASE Act to Create Small Claims Tribunal

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Today, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) announced its support for H.R. 3945, a bill introduced by Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) to create a small claims court within the Copyright Office—ASMP’s top legislative priority. The “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) is also cosponsored by Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Doug Collins (R-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Tom Kennedy, Executive Director of ASMP stated that “the…

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ASMP Strategic Partner, NPPA, Seeks Photojournalists Who Have Had Their Equipment Searched at the U.S. Border 

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[By Mickey H. Osterreicher, Esq.] A number of years ago, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) was an associational plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security regarding the suspicionless searches of laptops and other media storage devices belonging to citizens and, as importantly, to journalists entering the U.S. Unfortunately, the judge, in that case, could not wrap his head around the concept that such devices are far different than searching a suitcase…

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#NoFreePhotos: A Group of Well-Known Street Style Photographers are Taking a Stand

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image: walkingcanuks   Cross-posted from thefashionlaw.com In the midst of the chaos of the Spring/Summer 2018 runway shows and Versace’s blow-out finale on Friday evening, it appears that for a while now, there has been something of an unspoken battle simmering between some of fashion’s biggest brands and influencers, and a handful of the street style photographers who have had a hand in helping to make them so famous. Unspoken until-very recently, that is. Read…

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ASMP and other Visual Artist Groups Invite Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for Tour of Photoville

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  Today, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a leading and ardent supporter of legislation to create a copyright small claims court took a tour of Photoville, the annual outdoor photography festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park showcasing the creative efforts of many professional photographers.  ASMP, through the efforts of its executive director, Tom Kennedy, arranged the tour, and was joined on it by local NY Chapter members and representatives…

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ASMP Advocating for Copyright Reform in New York at Photoville

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ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, and ASMP Outside Counsel, Mike Klipper, were in New York today to meet with Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and ASMPNY member constituents led by ASMPNY Chapter President, Thomas Donley, to further the discussion about the need for copyright reform in protecting the rights of content creators represented in New York and across the United States by ASMP. Additional information will be posted shortly about meeting with Representative Jeffries and the tour of Photoville, along with a summary of…

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Advocacy Call to Action: Contacting House Judiciary Committee Member in Your District

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As the August recess unfolds for Congress, we continue to move forward with plans for a grassroots campaign to lobby Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee.  As a next step, we want to identify ASMP members who might have direct relationships with the House Judiciary Members.   In addition, I’d like to identify members at the local chapter level who may have an interest in being part of an ASMP political action committee to arrange in-person meetings with Representatives…

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ASMP and Other Visual Artist Groups Intensify Lobbying Efforts as House Judiciary Committee Focuses on Small Claims Copyright Legislation

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The House Judiciary Committee is making progress on its plans to pursue a multi-part copyright reform proposal that includes a provision to enact a permanent small claims copyright court.  As previously reported, the small claims component is designed to provide photographers and other individual creators plagued by copyright infringements with a viable, cost effective alternative to the burdensome and prohibitively expensive federal court litigation route.  As promised by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and senior Democrat…

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