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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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.

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The CASE Act! Ready…Set…

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Putting all of our ASMP advocates on notice. ASMP and PPA will be scheduling a joint live event press conference when the CASE Act bill is introduced, with ASMP and PPA members in the background wearing the infamous blue CASE Act shirts (#MySkillsPayBills)  that were worn during the House Judiciary Committee hearing last fall when former ASMP Board Chair Jenna Close, PPA CEO David Trust, and Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid testified. We will need…

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ASMP and Other Visual Groups Address Grande Tour’s Photographer Agreement

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ASMP, along with 14 other visual arts organizations, have signed onto a letter written by NPPA and sent to the management of Ariana Grande regarding the Grande Tour’s Photographer Agreement in use on her upcoming world tour. ASMP will always stand up for the rights of photographers, and is proud of joining this effort to promote equity and fairness in photography.

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Under Criticism, National Geographic Backs Off Rights Grab

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Editor’s Note: ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy and NPPA attorney Mickey Osterreicher are quoted in this article stating their concerns about the terms and conditions of #NatGeo100 Instagram contest, specifically the usage of participants’ images by National Geographic. Cross-posted from pdnpulse.pdnonline.com [by David Walker] National Geographic has reached 100 million Instagram followers—and it tried to celebrate with a one-day photo contest that amounted to a massive rights grab. Within hours, however, the media company changed…

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ASMP Joins Coalition to Oppose Controlled Digital Lending (CDL)

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Today ASMP is joining a coalition of 37 national and international organizations representing authors, photographers, graphic artists, and translators, in making an “Appeal to readers and librarians from the victims of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL).”  We have joined this effort believing it is facilitating electronic distribution of books in a way that constitutes copyright infringement. As described in the Appeal, CDL is the flawed legal theory under which “printed books are being scanned and distributed online to…

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ASMP Files Response to USCO NOI on Behalf of Members and Other Visual Artists

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In the past few months, our advocacy counsel Mike Klipper and I have been working to advance ASMP’s priorities for 2019, before Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). We met in December with representatives of other groups championing the interests of visual artists to plan our strategy for 2019. For example, along with those visual artists groups, we met with Karyn Temple Claggett, the Acting Register of the U.S. Copyright Office, members of her…

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Tom Kennedy Elected to Copyright Alliance Board of Directors

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CONTACT: Eileen Bramlet ebramlet@copyrightalliance.org 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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