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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.


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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© Michael Judkins Welcome to ASMP's CASE Act Central - where you can find all you want to know about the CASE Act! ASMP Advocacy Actions Taken to Date: More than 38,000 emails/tweets sent to Representatives and Senators Thank You to All for Your Support. Your Voices are Being Heard. _______________________ July 1, 2020 Update: We are within reach of the one vote of getting the CASE Act passed.  To get the CASE Act passed...
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CASE Act-ion #1: Join Tweet Campaign in Support of HR 2426 (the CASE Act)

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Our first advocacy action in support of the CASE Act 2019 is a TWEET campaign to House Judiciary Committee members. The CASE Act was introduced in the House and Senate on May 1, 2019. With the introduction being the first step in the legislative process, there is much work yet to do to in the campaign to get the bill passed. We need to continue messaging members of Congress to tell them that the CASE...
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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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