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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.

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

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Highlights from First Day of CASE Act Fly-In Activity on Capitol Hill

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ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy and ASMP counsel, Mike Klipper, along with more than forty visual creators and advocates, including ASMP members, attended various meetings with members of Congress today to brief members and members’ staffs about the CASE Act, and to urge their support of the CASE Act bill.     In the afternoon, creators and advocates attended the Senate CASE Act briefing, where Senate staff was invited to learn more about the CASE…

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Take Two Quick Clicks in Support of CASE Act!

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When a visual creator's work is stolen and they attempt to protect it, visual creators are hurt the most by the high cost of taking the infringer to federal court. The individual value of the visual creator's works is often too low to justify the cost of going to federal court and most attorneys won’t even consider taking these small cases. As a result, these infringements regularly go unchallenged, leading many creators to feel disenfranchised...
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Utah! We Need Your Help with Securing Your Senators’ Support of the CASE Act!

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Senators Lee and Romney want to hear from Utah creators and small business owners. As you may know, the Senate Judiciary Committee has recently moved quickly on the CASE Act bill, and  has scheduled a mark-up meeting of the CASE Act bill (S. 1273) for Thursday, July 18th @10:00amET. According to information that ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, has received in discussions on Capitol Hill, Senator Lee (R-UT) specifically wants to hear from Utah creators/small...
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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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URGENT: Our Fight is On and We Need Your Help with CASE Act Advocacy Today!

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Don't let theft of your work continue to be the norm. We need your help to fight back NOW against the opposition being mounted publicly to derail the forward movement of the CASE Act through Congress.  Today, groups who don’t believe in copyright and the right of creators to profit fairly from their work have raised the same tired arguments about how the CASE Act will somehow stifle innovation and prevent free expression on the...
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CASE Act-ion #4: Time to Up Your Advocacy and Lobby the Senate Judiciary Committee

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© Max Taylor ASMP and its community of visual creator groups have pivoted CASE Act advocacy efforts towards the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) to secure additional support of the Senate CASE Act bill (S. 1273) among members of the SJC. So, while we have been urging members and non-member supporters to contact their Representatives, sign up to attend in district meetings, and thank the many House co-sponsors (and we don't want to stop the House...
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