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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.

ASMP 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.


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


Scott Kelby’s It’s Guest Blog Wednesday Featuring Tom Kennedy!

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Why A Small Claims Solution Must Become Law To effectively address copyright infringements in the digital age, we must start by acknowledging the realities of our economy and legal system, as they exist today. It is not a stretch to say under current copyright law, professional photographers all too often have rights, but no remedies, when it comes to dealing with copyright infringements. While the digital age has provided us with amazing tools and new…

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First Small Claims Bill Introduced in Congress

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and cosponsor Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced legislation to establish the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) to oversee infringement claims of creators ASMP’s quest for legislation to create a fair, cost-effective, and streamlined venue in which its members can seek relief for relatively modest copyright infringement claims took an important step forward on July 13th with the introduction of H.R. 5757: Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016 by Rep….

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Copyright Small Claims White Paper Released by Visual Arts Associations

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While there has been a great deal of discussion recently about the possibility of Congress creating a small claims process for visual arts, several visual artist groups, representing hundreds of thousands of creators, have joined forces to propose key components of potentially forthcoming small claims legislation. Collectively, the groups represent photographers, photojournalists, videographers, illustrators, graphic designers, artists, and other visual artists as well as their licensing representatives. The white paper, which can be viewed here,…

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