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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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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Warning: Your Attorney May Be Hazardous to Your Copyright Health

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Keith Kupferschmid] Editor’s note from ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy: As we lobby for a change to copyright law that would enable the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office, legislation entitled the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE) of 2018 to hear infringement cases, the only available current remedy for infringement disputes is going to federal court.  In this post,  Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright…

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ASMP Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

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 Today – April 26th – is World Intellectual Property Day, and this year, we celebrate the contributions of creative and innovative women everywhere! ASMP would like to take this opportunity to celebrate its incredible breadth of membership of incredible female still and motion photographers who bring their talent and skill to every corner of the globe, every day of the year – rain or shine. We thank all of the women who have chosen to…

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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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11 Reasons Why a Small Claims Bill Should Pass | Reason Ten: Leif – Documentary Photographer

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org   Leif had a successful 45-year career as a documentary photographer. After a disabling accident, he is now dependent upon income received from licensing the work in his photography archive, but this has become extremely difficult due to online piracy. In fact, Leif estimates that his income from the licensing of images in his archive has decreased by over 90% in the past decade due to widespread pirating of his images. One…

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