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


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.

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As former Copyright Office leaders, we support an autonomous register of copyrights

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Cross-posted from The Hill [by Ralph Oman and Marybeth Peters] Last fall we wrote to Congress expressing our concern about the decaying relationship between the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office. Since that time, the situation has worsened, and, as we predicted, Congress is moving to intervene. We applaud the introduction of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, H.R. 1695, which would make the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee subject to Senate…

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Copyright Office Modernization Through an Artist’s Lens

By Advocacy, Copyright Alliance, Copyright Reform, Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

[Hypebot Op-Ed] Copyright Office legislation is moving through Congress, and the House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill when they return from Easter Recess. In this op-ed, leaders from five leading advocacy organizations come together to explain why this debate is important for all creatives. Guest post by Tom Kennedy, Lara Kisielewska, Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Juliette Wolf-Robin, and David Trust Most everyone knows the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.” It captures…

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Creators and Innovators Support H.R. 1695, “The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017”

By Advocacy, Copyright Alliance, Copyright Reform, Current NewsNo Comments

ASMP, along with other organizations, unions, and guilds representing and supporting creators and inventors, express support of H.R. 1695, “The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017”, and have submitted an industry letter to Members of Congress requesting their support of the bill. The letter states the following: H.R. 1695 Recognizes the Importance of Copyright to the U.S. Economy, Jobs and Culture: Copyright is critical to the U.S., with core copyright industries contributing over $1.2…

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Advocacy Alert: Tell Your Representative to Vote Yes on HR1695

By Advocacy, Copyright Reform, Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

© Image JD Ake   Any creator who has ever registered their copyright with the US Copyright Office or tried to search copyright records know the Office’s technology is outdated. We’ve long called for modernizing the Copyright Office. And as Congress reviewed the copyright laws over the last four years, it has realized that Copyright Office modernization is critical to making sure our copyright laws continue to work for all creators, big or small, as…

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Advocacy Alert: Support Needed for Texas Drone Journalism Bill SB839

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In 2013, Texas passed a law that makes drone photography in Texas illegal under many circumstances. There is currently a bill in the Texas legislature that would exempt journalists from the law, thus legalizing drone journalism in Texas, but the bill is stalled in committee. ASMP supports this bill to legalize drone journalism in Texas. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO MOVE BILL SB839 INTO LAW. Why the current law is bad: Under the law, it…

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Busting Myths Surrounding H.R. 1695

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Cross-posted from [by Terrica Carrington] The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act was introduced in the House on March 23, by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), with the bipartisan support of 29 co-sponsors, in addition to statements of support from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senate Judiciary Committee Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The bill enjoys widespread support…

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