ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Call to Action on Proposed Copyright Registration Fee Hike

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Image © Jenna Close   We invite ASMP members who regularly register copyrights to assist us in collecting data for preparing ASMP’s public comment opposing the United States Copyright Office’s proposed copyright registration fee hike. The proposed USCO copyright registration fee hike includes: Standard Application: from $55 to $75 Filing a Paper Supplementary Registration: from $130 to $150 If you regularly register copyrights, we would appreciate your taking the time to provide responses to the…

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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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With the CASE Act, Congress can directly help the middle class

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Cross-posted from The Hill [by David Newhoff] If the backbone of the American economy is the entrepreneur, then surely the millions of creative professionals, living in just about every community in the country, must be part of that story. It’s a world I know well. More than half my friends and colleagues are middle-class photographers, designers, graphic artists, filmmakers, writers, composers, and journalists. They produce works comprising a mix of independent projects made available through…

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CASE Act Set to Empower Creators and Impose Accountability

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Cross-post from cpip.gmu.edu [by Kevin Madigan] Next week, the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act is scheduled for markup before the House Judiciary Committee, promising long-overdue support for small creators and copyright owners in their fight against overwhelming infringement in the digital age. While the bill has bipartisan support and the backing of a wide array of individual creators, artist organizations, and the creative industries, some detractors are now raising questions of constitutionality…

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Advocacy Alert: House Vote on HR 3945 Expected in Early April. Take Action Now!

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ASMP knows that a creator’s time is money, but we also know that HR3945, the CASE Act, must be passed to provide protections for your creative works, critically important in this ever-changing digital age. So, we have listed the following quick and powerful online and/or social media messaging options to keep you moving while making a few clicks in the name of advocacy. Click the Take Action button below, and follow the prompts to make…

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Point of View: Small Claims from a Photographer’s Perspective

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I recently had the opportunity to represent ASMP and the photography community at a two-day roundtable organized by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP). The participants included 17 scholars (professors of law), 7 lawyers, 1 association president, 1 lobbyist….and me. On the drive to the event I became increasingly nervous that I would be in over my head, unable to understand or contribute to the issues under discussion. Nothing could have been…

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ASMP Seeking Examples of Problems Distinguishing USCO “Published” and “Unpublished” Categories

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  As I have worked on U.S. Copyright modernization issues over the past several years, I have repeatedly heard from members about the problems of distinguishing “published vs. unpublished” as a registration matter when making a registration. Our coalition of visual groups representing visual creators is seeking to address this issue head-on with the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) this year as we work for other things like the passage of HR 3945, the CASE Act…

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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.