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Wyden Attempts to Stall CASE Act: Senate Holds Are Not Supposed to Be Dead Ends

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Cross-posted from IP Watchdog [by David Newhoff] “When a bill has overwhelming bipartisan support, the public is right to demand that Senator Wyden explain, in very clear terms, why he alone believes he knows better.” Under Rule VII of the Rules of the Senate, bills can only move forward by unanimous consent. Consequently, a single senator may place a “hold” on a bill to keep it from passing. In principle, the rule exists to ensure…

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Third Senate IP Subcommittee Hearing on DMCA: The ‘Grand Bargain’ Is No Longer Working

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Editor’s Note: In one of the hearings held yesterday, ASMP Member Jeff Sedlik testified on behalf of all the visual groups, including ASMP, that work together regularly as a coalition when doing our advocacy work. Cross-posted from IPWatchdog [by Eileen McDermott] In the first part of a two-panel hearing today on whether the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is working for the 21st Century, Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Ranking Member Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said…

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CASE Act-ion Alert: May Campaign to Secure Senate Co-Sponsors

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© nps.gov We have 20 Senate CASE Act co-sponsors to date. Let’s up this number and get the CASE Act passed! With the Senate's return to Capitol Hill this week, ASMP and its advocacy partners are encouraging CASE Act advocates to send messages to non-sponsoring Senators to urge their support of the CASE Act by becoming a co-sponsor of S.1273, and encourage the full Senate to pass the CASE Act in this session of Congress....
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Photographer Rights Online: A Live Panel Discussion

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On Wednesday, May 6 @ 6pm EST, ASMP General Counsel Thomas Maddrey will join the attorneys for photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, and Robert Caplin from The Photo Brigade. Register here: bit.ly/adorama-PRO Together, this panel will examine the case of Sinclair v. Mashable (read more HERE) in which a District Court in the Southern District of New York held that by putting an image…

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ASMP Advocacy Update: March/April 2020

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As we all know far too well, our copyright system does not work well for photographers, especially high volume photographers. Determining what work to register and when to do so is confusing. The registration process is archaic, costly and time-consuming.  Determining whether and when work has been published as required by copyright law can be incredibly difficult and getting the determination wrong can result in the invalidation of a registration in a subsequent infringement action….

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Senator Wyden Needs to See the Bigger Picture in the Small-Claim Copyright Bill

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Cross-posted from The Illusion of More.  [By David Newhoff]  “As a practical matter Senator Wyden’s singular opposition to CASE waves a dismissive hand at his own constituents—and millions of Americans outside Oregon—who rely on copyright in their small-businesses the same way Portland’s coffee bars need a steady supply of beans.  The CASE Act may seem like a small matter in the scheme of things; but for the creative entrepreneur trying to keep her work from being…

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CASE Act-ion: October Campaign to Add Co-Sponsors

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ASMP would like to thank all who participated in the 50 States in 20 Days campaign! The 50-state campaign was very successful as the CASE Act now has 130 co-sponsors in the House and 16 co-sponsors in the Senate thanks to all of your advocacy efforts. ASMP advocates have sent more than 15,000 emails/tweets to Congressional inboxes and social forums in support of the CASE Act. For latest updates about the CASE Act, go to…

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Protecting Your Rights: USCO Registration & CASE Act Roundtable on Oct 24 in New York

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  Join in an industry roundtable discussion on the best ways to protect your creative work with Pixsy CEO Kain Jones, ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy, and Tatsuya Adachi of Leichtman Law. Protecting your copyrights is a hot topic this year with the CASE Act going through Congress and Supreme Court ruling you must have a United States Copyright Office (USCO) registration in place before filing suit on infringements.   Learn more about: why every…

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Fight Back Against Image Theft. It’s Easier Than You Think.

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Cross-posted from the Sony Alpha website. [By William Sawalich and Todd Bigelow]  “This is the second of a two-part series on protecting your copyright. As we mentioned in Part I, there’s no perfect solution to prevent copyright infringement. Here, in Part II we’re looking at what to do when you discover unauthorized use of your photographs. We asked freelance assignment photographer and copyright expert Todd Bigelow how he handles the problem, because not only does…

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House Judiciary Committee Passes the CASE Act Today!

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Great news, CASE Act Supporters! The House Judiciary Committee (HJC) passed the CASE Act (H.R. 2426) out of committee by voice vote today. Watch the video of the House Judiciary Committee markup meeting. Fast forward video to 3:44:43 on the clip to begin the video frame related to the CASE Act. For more information about current CASE Act advocacy campaigns, along with articles and announcement, go to CASE Act Central.

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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.