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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CASE Act Co-Sponsor List – House and Senate

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As the number of CASE Act co-sponsors in the House and Senate increases daily, we thought it a great idea to keep a running tally of sponsors as they sign on. Are Your Representative and Senators Co-Sponsors of the CASE Act? If they are not on the list below, we invite you to send your Representative and your Senators an email and/or tweet to urge them to support the CASE Act. House Sponsors Doug Collins…

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Join ASMP on Capitol Hill in Support of CASE Act – July 17th & 18th

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Make Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill. Join ASMP and other creators for July Advocacy ‘Fly-In’ scheduled this week – July 17th & 18th. 7.15.19 Editor’s Note: See schedule updates below. ASMP and its community of visual creator groups have pivoted CASE Act advocacy efforts towards the Senate this month and scheduled a rash of in-person and online advocacy activities, as the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) moves the CASE Act forward with a mark-up hearing…

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Join the Blue Wave on Capitol Hill to Support CASE Act on June 26th

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Join ASMP and other creator groups for a Blue Wave on Capitol Hill in support of CASE Act on June 26th. We are looking for members in the DC, Maryland, Virginia, and metro regions who are willing to travel to Capitol Hill to demonstrate their support for the CASE Act and join us at a Copyright Office hearing on Wednesday, June 26th.  Participating creators would be asked to sit in the audience at the hearing…

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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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