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

 

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 reuters.com [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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9.21.18 Editor’s Note: Hearing time has been revised. Please note new time below. 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). Rayburn House Office Building Address: 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515/ Nearest Metro Stop: Capitol South on…

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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. Wall-Street.com 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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ASMP Invites Members to Participate in Copyright Alliance Survey On Potential Impact of USCO Fee Increases

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  Editor’s Update: ASMP is aware that the Copyright Alliance survey is related to general copyright registrations, and as such, ASMP and its partner visual creator groups are in the process of producing a similar survey more directly geared to photographers and graphic artists which will be made available to members by the end of August. As has been previously communicated, the U.S. Copyright Office is proposing an increase in fees for copyright registration applications…

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Tech Tent – did Silicon Valley win the copyright war?

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Editor’s note: While ASMP continues to advocate for copyright reform directives that protect the intellectual property of members in the US, we want our members to be apprised of actions related to copyright directives taking place in international forums.  Cross-posted from bbc.com [by Rory Cella-Jones] Did European politicians succumb to pressure from Silicon Valley and its powerful lobbying machine when they voted down a measure which would have rewarded publishers and artists? This week’s Tech…

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Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe

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Cross-posted from nytimes.com [by Adam Sartariano] It’s a fight nearly as old as the internet. On one side are news organizations, broadcasters and music companies that want to control how their content spreads across the web, and to be paid more for it. On the other are tech companies such as Facebook and Google, which argue that they funnel viewers and advertising revenue to media outlets, and free-speech advocates, who say that regulating the internet…

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Action Request: Please Submit Requests for WHOIS Data to Domain Name Registrars/Registries and the IPC

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Terry Hart] Please Submit Requests for WHOIS Data to Domain Name Registrars/Registries and the IPC: As previously reported, access to the WHOIS database – which law enforcement, copyright owners and other rights holders use to obtain the identity and contact information for those who are operating infringing websites – is now being restricted due to a temporary specification approved by ICANN in order to comply with the EU General Data Protection…

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Update: Call to Action on Proposed Copyright Registration Fee Hike

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Image © Jenna Close While ASMP has collected data from members who regularly register copyrights and is currently preparing an official public comment opposing the United States Copyright Office’s proposed copyright registration fee hike, ASMP invites members and non-members to submit comments directly to the United States Copyright Office (USCO) opposing the proposed copyright registration fee hikes. The proposed USCO copyright registration fee hike includes: Standard Application: from $55 to $75 Filing a Paper Supplementary…

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