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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Op-Ed: Why Creators Like Me Are Lining Up in Support of the CASE Act

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Cross-posted from ipwatchdog.com [by Jenna Close] “It is extremely uncomfortable and difficult to explain to a client that, while I own the copyright to the work I create specifically for their brand, in practice I have no way to pursue unauthorized use of that work.” ________________________ I have heard it said that a right without a remedy isn’t really a right. This saying completely and accurately sums up my experience with copyright infringement in the modern…

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Share Your Stories of Infringement with Congress

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Member Infringement Stories In responding to our CASE Act advocacy efforts, members of Congress want to hear from visual creators about infringement of their creative work. If you have had your work infringed, we invite you to share your story by submitting a one page statement about infringement of your work that ASMP can present to Representatives and their staffs in advocacy meetings. Please submit your one-page statement about the infringement of your work and…

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Kennedy and Klipper Brief Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) Staff on CASE Act

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ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy and Mike Klipper, ASMP copyright counsel, are on the Hill this week with other creator group representatives meeting with House and Senate staff. This photo was taken with Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) after meeting with Blumenthal’s Chief Counsel, Sam Simon, to brief him on benefits of the Senate’s CASE Act bill (S1273) for creators and small business owners. Additional meetings with Senators and Representatives are scheduled this week, with a Visual Group…

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CASE Act-ion #3: Attend In-District Meetings with Congressional Reps!

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  Join us at an in-district meeting with your Representative! ASMP and other creator groups supporting efforts to enact the CASE Act are in the process of scheduling in-district meetings with key legislators on the House Judiciary Committee during their upcoming Congressional breaks in May, June, and July. We would like to invite members to join us at these in-district meetings as representatives of the photographic community to show their support of the CASE Act…

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ASMP CASE Act Central

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Welcome to ASMP’s CASE Act Central –  where you can find all you want to know and more about the CASE Act 2019! While we know that being a visual creator is your priority, our priority at ASMP is to make certain that obstacles to your creativity and livelihood are mitigated or completely removed. As you know, ASMP has been on the front line of advocating for the rights of photographers for nearly 75 years,…

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Advocacy: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces Its Support of the CASE Act

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In a letter to members of Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated its support of S. 1273 and H.R. 2426, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act”, advising members who cosponsor these bills they would receive credit for the Leadership component of their “How They Voted” rating. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports small business owners, it finds that the CASE Act “would streamline the process for small copyright claims for small…

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ASMP Applauds Introduction of CASE Act in House and Senate

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The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) announced its strong support for legislation introduced today in both the House and Senate that would create a small claims tribunal within the United States Copyright Office–ASMP’s top legislative priority.   The bill entitled, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (the “CASE Act”), HR 2426, was introduced in the House by Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) and is co-sponsored by House Judiciary Committee…

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Press Release: Collins, Jeffries Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Middle Class Creators from Copyright Infringement

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WASHINGTON — Today, Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. This bipartisan legislation establishes the Copyright Claims Board at the Copyright Office to make it easier and less expensive for independent creators, such as photographers, songwriters and graphic artists, to better defend their intellectual property from theft. “The U.S. economy depends on…

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The CASE Act! Ready…Set…

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05.01.2019 Update: We would like to thank those members who joined us on Capitol Hill today for the introduction of the CASE Act 2019. We would also like to apologize to those who planned on joining us for the FaceBook Live stream. Due to unforeseen scheduling conflict with House members, the press conference was cancelled by the House co-sponsors. However, the visual group members present on the Hill took the opportunity to capture a FaceBook Live…

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