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.


Tom Kennedy Elected to Copyright Alliance Board of Directors

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CONTACT: Eileen Bramlet 571-228-1906 Washington, D.C. – The Copyright Alliance is pleased to congratulate four members who were recently elected to its board of directors: Matt Barblan, representing the Association of American Publishers; Ben Golant, representing the Entertainment Software Association; Tom Kennedy, representing the American Society of Media Photographers; and Michael Lewan, representing the Recording Academy. According to Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “As 2019 comes into full focus, I look forward to working with…

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Executive Director Update on ASMP Legislative Agenda for 2019

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Over the past week, our Copyright Counsel Mike Klipper and I have been busy in Washington D.C. laying the groundwork for our federal legislative agenda in 2019. This week’s activities followed closely on the heels of a very successful hearing on September 27, 2018, on the CASE Act before the House Judiciary Committee; the hearing described in Jenna Close’s recent article, Advocacy is a Verb: My Testimony on the Hill. At the hearing, Jenna joined…

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Advocacy is a Verb: My Testimony on The Hill

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Speaking truth to power is an experience unlike any I have had before. It is at once intimidating, exhilarating, difficult and yet also strangely easy. On Sept 27th I testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the small claims bill commonly referred to as The CASE Act. The days prior were a whirlwind of office meetings, strategy sessions and a crash course in what it means to show up on The Hill with…

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Former ASMP National Board Chair Close Urges House Judiciary Committee to Enact CASE Act

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  Before a gallery filled with ASMP and PPA members, the testimony of former ASMP National Board Chair, Jenna Close, made a powerful impact on House Judiciary Committee members today. Close’s testimony, along with the testimonies of Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance, and David Trust, CEO of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), confirmed for the Committee that it is critical that Congress enact the CASE Act because it would provide small creators with…

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Former ASMP National Board Chair Jenna Close to Testify Before Congress on CASE Act

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9.24.18 Editor’s Note: If hearing schedule should change before Thursday, ASMP will post update here and notify those on the sign up form. On Thursday, September 27th, the House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony about the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. Jenna Close, former ASMP National Board Chair, will be testifying at the hearing in support of the bill, which if enacted would create a Small Claims Tribunal within the United States Copyright…

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EU Lawmakers Back Publishers Over Tech Giants on Copyright

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Editor’s Note: ASMP and other US groups are reviewing the legislation as it pertains to US creators, and while it may be determined that this initial legislation may not cover all the bases, it is a starting point for establishing stronger protections for creators doing business in Europe. Cross-posted from [by Foo Yun Chee] STRASBOURG — European Union lawmakers voted on Wednesday to force Google, Facebook <FB.O > and other technology firms to share…

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Join ASMP on Capitol Hill to Support Case Act – September 27th

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ASMP’s small claims advocacy efforts over the past year have met with success! The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act on Thursday, September 27th at 2:00pmET (Room 2141 in the Rayburn House Office Building), located at 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515. Former ASMP National Board Chair, Jenna Close, will be testifying at the hearing in support of the bill, which if enacted would…

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ASMP Requests Information About Member Copyright Registration Experiences for Amicus Brief

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As part of ASMP’s commitment to protecting photographers’ rights, we often work with other organizations to prepare “amicus briefs” in cases around the country and in front of the Supreme Court. This document helps the justices realize the real-world implications of their rulings on our membership, and as such, is a vitally important document in our legal actions. An amicus brief is being filed in the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. case that…

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ASMP Encourages Member Participation in Coalition of Visual Artists Copyright Survey

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The U.S. Copyright Office has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing fee increases for copyright registration and other services. The proposed fee increases are based on a Study Report released by the U.S. Copyright office. Fee increases for services will be implemented as the U.S. Copyright Office moves forward with their plans for IT modernization. Visual creators’ professional organizations and advocates are concerned about how these fee increases will affect visual creators, licensing agents,…

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What the Arrest of Photographer Shahidul Alam Means for Press Freedom in Bangladesh

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ASMP Executive Director’s Note: I urge members to support the international drive to free Shahidul Alam immediately.  It is unconscionable that the government of Bangladesh jail him over comments made about a dangerous situation he was reporting on as a journalist.  The government of Bangladesh needs to end immediately policies that are targeting journalists such as Shahidul Alam and making it very dangerous to operate freely to report stories of importance to Bangladeshi citizens.  This…

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