ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

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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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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ASMP Continues to Urge Passage of HR3945 (CASE Act) by House Judiciary Committee

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We continue to work for passage of HR 3945, the CASE Act, as a means to resolve a historic inequity that has left you with “rights but not remedies” under the current copyright system.  We are awaiting a markup hearing for this bill, hoping to get it out of the House Judiciary Committee with an overwhelmingly positive vote and then to the full House before the August recess. I have sent out this letter urging…

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The CASE Act is the Solution to the Alleged Copyright Troll Problem, Not the Cause.

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Keith Kupferschmid] An updated version of the CASE Act, H.R. 3945 — a bill that was introduced by Rep. Jeffries last year and revised last month — is expected to be considered soon by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill is a priority for individual creators and small businesses who are often victimized by infringement but can’t afford to enforce their rights in federal court because federal litigation is too expensive…

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The CASE Act Challenge: Submit an Image or Video in Support of Small Claims Tribunal

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Grab your camera and join the CASE Act Challenge! Submit an image or a video telling the world why it is important for Congress to enact the CASE Act! Images: Make a sign.  Something that reads “I Support the CASE Act!” or  “Visual Creators Support the CASE Act” “Protect My Rights – Enact the CASE Act!” or signs with other phrases in support of the CASE Act using #HR3945, #SmallClaims,  #MySkillsPayBills  and #MyCASE4Copyright tags. Videos:…

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HR 3945: House Judiciary Committee Update

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Today Rep. Hakeem Jeffries engaged in a colloquy with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler on HR 3945, the CASE Act of 2018 that would create a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office to address infringements – a true alternative to Federal Court. Their conversation took place during the markup of the Music Modernization Act and can be heard beginning at the 1:30 mark of this video….

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Copyright Reform Report

The Copyright Reform Report has been created to chronicle ASMP’s efforts to lobby Congress to progress copyright reform efforts of modernization and legal protections of works by visual creators.

Mike Klipper, ASMP’s outside counsel, and Tom Kennedy, ASMP’s Executive Director, will be posting articles and related documents, highlighting actions of the U.S. Copyright Office and those being taken on Capitol Hill to progress the establishment of copyright reform, which has been the focus of ASMP and other visual arts organizations.

For additional reporting specific to Small Claims Tribunal, please see Small Claims Report.