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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The CASE Act! Ready…Set…

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Putting all of our ASMP advocates on notice. ASMP and PPA will be scheduling a joint live event press conference when the CASE Act bill is introduced, with ASMP and PPA members in the background wearing the infamous blue CASE Act shirts (#MySkillsPayBills)  that were worn during the House Judiciary Committee hearing last fall when former ASMP Board Chair Jenna Close, PPA CEO David Trust, and Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid testified. We will need…

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Decision in Fourth Estate Spurs Senate Action

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Cross-posted from maddreypllc.com If you have read my previous blog posts on the recent US Supreme Court Decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC (see here and here), you know that I have been concerned with how that decision would affect copyright applications and the impact on claimants ability to take legal action. While my immediate response remains negative, a recent letter to the Acting Registrar of Copyrights Karyn Temple, signed by…

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100K+ Americans Tell U.S. Elected Officials: ‘Copyright Drives Creativity and Innovation’

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Eileen Bramlet ebramlet@copyrightalliance.org 571-228-1906 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Copyright Alliance sent an Open Letter to elected congressional representatives, senators, and state governors, stressing the importance of copyright protection and urging them to support the creative community. Signed by more than 100K creators, audience members, fans, and consumers, the letter states that “There is no ‘left’ or ‘right’ when it comes to respecting copyright. Instead, the creative community stands united in…

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Under Criticism, National Geographic Backs Off Rights Grab

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Editor’s Note: ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy and NPPA attorney Mickey Osterreicher are quoted in this article stating their concerns about the terms and conditions of #NatGeo100 Instagram contest, specifically the usage of participants’ images by National Geographic. Cross-posted from pdnpulse.pdnonline.com [by David Walker] National Geographic has reached 100 million Instagram followers—and it tried to celebrate with a one-day photo contest that amounted to a massive rights grab. Within hours, however, the media company changed…

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ASMP Files Response to USCO NOI on Behalf of Members and Other Visual Artists

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In the past few months, our advocacy counsel Mike Klipper and I have been working to advance ASMP’s priorities for 2019, before Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). We met in December with representatives of other groups championing the interests of visual artists to plan our strategy for 2019. For example, along with those visual artists groups, we met with Karyn Temple Claggett, the Acting Register of the U.S. Copyright Office, members of her…

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Executive Director Update on ASMP Legislative Agenda for 2019

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Over the past week, our Copyright Counsel Mike Klipper and I have been busy in Washington D.C. laying the groundwork for our federal legislative agenda in 2019. This week’s activities followed closely on the heels of a very successful hearing on September 27, 2018, on the CASE Act before the House Judiciary Committee; the hearing described in Jenna Close’s recent article, Advocacy is a Verb: My Testimony on the Hill. At the hearing, Jenna joined…

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Passage of the Music Modernization Act Has Lessons For Photographers

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Cross-Posted from Variety [by Michael Huppe]  What does the music industry have in common with the photography industry?  Licensing and copyright and being fairly paid.  The music industry recently had a major victory in the quest for musicians to be fairly paid in the form of the Music Modernization Act being signed into law.  That victory was the result of many different parties – organizations of all kinds – working together for a single goal,…

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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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