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


April 2, 2018: Call to Action on HR3945 – Contact Your Representative

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.


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


Call to Action on Proposed Copyright Registration Fee Hike

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Image © Jenna Close   We invite ASMP members who regularly register copyrights to assist us in collecting data for preparing ASMP’s public comment opposing the United States Copyright Office’s proposed copyright registration fee hike. The proposed USCO copyright registration fee hike includes: Standard Application: from $55 to $75 Filing a Paper Supplementary Registration: from $130 to $150 If you regularly register copyrights, we would appreciate your taking the time to provide responses to the…

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ASMP Continues to Urge Passage of HR3945 (CASE Act) by House Judiciary Committee

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We continue to work for passage of HR 3945, the CASE Act, as a means to resolve a historic inequity that has left you with “rights but not remedies” under the current copyright system.  We are awaiting a markup hearing for this bill, hoping to get it out of the House Judiciary Committee with an overwhelmingly positive vote and then to the full House before the August recess. I have sent out this letter urging…

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The CASE Act is the Solution to the Alleged Copyright Troll Problem, Not the Cause.

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Cross-posted from [by Keith Kupferschmid] An updated version of the CASE Act, H.R. 3945 — a bill that was introduced by Rep. Jeffries last year and revised last month — is expected to be considered soon by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill is a priority for individual creators and small businesses who are often victimized by infringement but can’t afford to enforce their rights in federal court because federal litigation is too expensive…

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The CASE Act Challenge: Submit an Image or Video in Support of Small Claims Tribunal

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Grab your camera and join the CASE Act Challenge! Submit an image or a video telling the world why it is important for Congress to enact the CASE Act! Images: Make a sign.  Something that reads “I Support the CASE Act!” or  “Visual Creators Support the CASE Act” “Protect My Rights – Enact the CASE Act!” or signs with other phrases in support of the CASE Act using #HR3945, #SmallClaims,  #MySkillsPayBills  and #MyCASE4Copyright tags. Videos:…

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Warning: Your Attorney May Be Hazardous to Your Copyright Health

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Cross-posted from [by Keith Kupferschmid] Editor’s note from ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy: As we lobby for a change to copyright law that would enable the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office, legislation entitled the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE) of 2018 to hear infringement cases, the only available current remedy for infringement disputes is going to federal court.  In this post,  Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright…

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Complete ACA Survey to Secure Funding for ASMP Programs

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Dear Member, I’m writing to seek your help in filling out a survey questionnaire from the Authors Coalition of America (ACA). As previously discussed, in order to receive funds from the ACA, we are required to submit affidavits from every member indicating that they have the potential to have had work copied by entities overseas as a precondition. What does this mean to ASMP: The ACA distributes non-title specific funds received from overseas entities belonging…

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ASMP Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

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 Today – April 26th – is World Intellectual Property Day, and this year, we celebrate the contributions of creative and innovative women everywhere! ASMP would like to take this opportunity to celebrate its incredible breadth of membership of incredible female still and motion photographers who bring their talent and skill to every corner of the globe, every day of the year – rain or shine. We thank all of the women who have chosen to…

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HR 3945: House Judiciary Committee Update

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Today Rep. Hakeem Jeffries engaged in a colloquy with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler on HR 3945, the CASE Act of 2018 that would create a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office to address infringements – a true alternative to Federal Court. Their conversation took place during the markup of the Music Modernization Act and can be heard beginning at the 1:30 mark of this video….

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11 Reasons Why a Small Claims Bill Should Pass | Reason Ten: Leif – Documentary Photographer

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Cross-posted from   Leif had a successful 45-year career as a documentary photographer. After a disabling accident, he is now dependent upon income received from licensing the work in his photography archive, but this has become extremely difficult due to online piracy. In fact, Leif estimates that his income from the licensing of images in his archive has decreased by over 90% in the past decade due to widespread pirating of his images. One…

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