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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Take action now: Ask your Representative NOW to vote YES on the CASE Act

For information about the CASE Act, go to CASE Act Central.

Additional information about 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.

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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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