ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

ASMP Seeking Examples of Problems Distinguishing USCO “Published” and “Unpublished” Categories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over the past several years, I have repeatedly heard from members about the problems of distinguishing “published vs. unpublished” as a registration matter when making a registration.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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Notice of Changes to 2018 U.S. Copyright Registration

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Editor’s Note: ASMP took a leading role in organizing the coalition of visual groups to send a letter of protest on February 12, 2018 to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the rollout of a regulation change affecting group registration of unpublished works, requesting that they postpone the launch of the new regulation until April 20th, 2018. On Thursday, February 15th, ASMP hosted a Strictly Business webinar, ASMP TALK: Understanding New Copyright Regulations for Group Registration…

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ASMP and Visual Groups Send Letter of Protest to USCO Regarding Regulation Launch

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ASMP took a leading role in organizing the coalition of visual groups to send a letter of protest to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the rollout of a regulation change affecting group registration of unpublished works, requesting that they postpone the launch of the new regulation until April 20th, 2018 due to the scheduled maintenance of eCO system during the final days prior to launch of new regulations currently scheduled for February 20th. View previous…

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SB Webinar: Understanding New Copyright Regulations for Group Registration of Photographs on February 15th

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ASMP TALK: Understanding the New Regulations for Group Registration of Photographs with Jeff Sedlik Thursday, February 15th at 11:00amPT/2:00pmET With new copyright regulations being put in place on February 20th that will revise the rules and requirements for group registration of photographs, please join us to discuss and provide clarification on: What has changed? What do I need to comply with the new regulations? How can I maximize my protection under the new regulations? Following…

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ALERT: Copyright Office Releases New Applications for Group Registration of Photographs

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  NewsNet Issue 708 February 9, 2018 Copyright Office Releases New Applications for Group Registration of Photographs The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a final rule on group registration of photographs, which will take effect on February 20, 2018. The rule modifies the Office’s procedure for registering published photographs, and it establishes a similar procedure for registering unpublished photographs. To seek a group registration, beginning February 20, 2018, applicants will be required to use the online applications specifically designated…

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ALERT: Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) System will be offline Feb 15th to Feb 19th

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Please be advised that the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) System will be offline for maintenance beginning 5:00pmET on Thursday, February 15 with the system returning to service by 9:00pmET on Monday, February 19.  Members intending to slip in last minute registrations of large quantities of images for $55 cannot wait until February 19. You will need to submit completed registrations by Wednesday, February 15 at 5:00pmET.  There also should be a brief window from 9:00pmET…

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Small step for copyright, giant step for creators — The CASE Act

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Cross-posted from The Hill [by Keith Kupferschmid, Opinion Contributor] “Think Small.” That’s the 2018 rallying call for hundreds of thousands of professional creators and small business owners across the U.S. who rely on copyright to earn a living, but who have been neglected by a copyright system that gives them rights but no effective means for enforcing those rights. These creators are now lining up in droves to support a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps….

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Act Now to Support HR 3945

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Yesterday, I had a great call with chapter leaders to discuss our ongoing efforts to ensure HR3945, the bill that would create a small claims tribunal as an alternative to Federal Court to gain remedies for infringements.  We need this bill to move out of the House Judiciary Committee during this session of Congress to a full vote in the House, on to the Senate and ultimately to the President’s desk before September. Next week,…

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Advocacy Alert: Act on #SmallClaimsDay

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#SmallClaimsDay ~ January 17th In partnership with members of the Copyright Alliance Small Claims Working Group, and on behalf of our members and the copyright community, we are launching a social media campaign to raise awareness about the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017 (the CASE Act – H.R. 3945) by declaring January 17 as #SmallClaimsDay. In addition to raising awareness, we are asking everyone to contact their representatives on (or before) January 17…

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Call to Action: Copyright Registration Rulemaking

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  In response to a call from the U.S. Copyright Office regarding proposed changes to the rules about group registrations, the Copyright Alliance is soliciting comments from members of their affiliated organizations, including ASMP.  I think it is crucial to respond with your thoughts.  While the changes appear to be aimed at written works, I think we need to ensure that such limits aren’t imposed on group registrations of photographs.  This could also be an…

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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.