ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Small Claims Report

The Small Claims Report has been created to chronicle ASMP’s efforts to lobby Congress to adopt an alternative, straight-forward, cost-effective system in which our members and others can seek relief for the type of copyright infringements that have become all too common today—especially in the online environment.

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 a Small Claims Tribunal, which has been the focus of ASMP and other visual arts organizations.

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To view full chronology of all Copyright Reform Action and Advocacy Alerts, click here.

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Advocacy is a Verb: My Testimony on The Hill

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Speaking truth to power is an experience unlike any I have had before. It is at once intimidating, exhilarating, difficult and yet also strangely easy. On Sept 27th I testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the small claims bill commonly referred to as The CASE Act. The days prior were a whirlwind of office meetings, strategy sessions and a crash course in what it means to show up on The Hill with…

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Former ASMP National Board Chair Close Urges House Judiciary Committee to Enact CASE Act

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  Before a gallery filled with ASMP and PPA members, the testimony of former ASMP National Board Chair, Jenna Close, made a powerful impact on House Judiciary Committee members today. Close’s testimony, along with the testimonies of Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance, and David Trust, CEO of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), confirmed for the Committee that it is critical that Congress enact the CASE Act because it would provide small creators with…

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Former ASMP National Board Chair Jenna Close to Testify Before Congress on CASE Act

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9.24.18 Editor’s Note: If hearing schedule should change before Thursday, ASMP will post update here and notify those on the sign up form. On Thursday, September 27th, the House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony about the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. Jenna Close, former ASMP National Board Chair, will be testifying at the hearing in support of the bill, which if enacted would create a Small Claims Tribunal within the United States Copyright…

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Join ASMP on Capitol Hill to Support Case Act – September 27th

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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), located at 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515. Former ASMP National Board Chair, Jenna Close, will be testifying at the hearing in support of the bill, which if enacted would…

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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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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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