Urgent Need: Tell ASMP About Problems You’ve Had Protecting Copyright

Posted on 7/15/2015 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

The deadline for responses to the Copyright Office’s April 24 Notice of Inquiry is rapidly approaching. ASMP needs more information from photographers about the problems they have encountered in protecting their copyright.

ASMP and a coalition of artists’ organizations have been hard at work on a unified response to this critical opportunity for us to help shape what coming legislation looks like.

Help us create a greater impact by sharing your stories about:

  • obstacles that keep you from registering your copyrights regularly
  • experiences you’ve had with take down notices or cease and desist letters
  • difficulties finding attorneys willing to represent you against infringers
  • challenges you’ve faced in trying to enforce your copyrights in Federal Court
  • difficulty enforcing monetary judgements or collecting compensation from infringers
  • or any other experiences you’ve had that would help inform the Copyright Office and Congress of the challenges facing photographers under the current system.
ASMP would like to share as many photographer’s stories as possible so they’ve extended the deadline to Friday, July 17.

If you have not already written them, or have additional comments to share, please send your stories to: pbclevtugersbez@nfzc.bet by Friday!

If you’re not already familiar with the issues, please read ASMP’s Copyright Reform webpage at asmp.org/copyrightreform, particularly the 5 questions posed in the NOI.

Also consider lending your support to this important cause by joining ASMP today. Visit www.asmp.org/join for details and an online membership application. You can also contribute by donating to ASMP’s Legal Action Fund.

Copyright © 2015 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  


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