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Authors Coalition of America


ASMP Uses ACA Funds to Benefit the Industry

The Authors Coalition of America (ACA), is an association of organizations representing independent authors including illustrators, photographers, songwriters, text writers and visual artists. The main role of the ACA is to distribute money collected for copying non-title-specific works abroad, primarily in Scandinavia and Europe. Non-title-specific works are those that cannot be identified individually or by copyright owner.

 

The money collected on behalf of unidentifiable American artists is distributed to ACA member organizations on the basis of an established formula that considers the number of published authors each association represents. The funds distributed to the ACA’s member organizations are designated for use solely in industry education and advocacy. These funds cannot be used for general operating expenses.

 

ASMP became a member of the ACA in 2004. ASMP’s Executive Director Eugene Mopsik stated, “ASMP has been able to develop and support important initiatives in the photography community through the funding received from ACA.”

 

ASMP Projects Produced with ACA Distributions

ASMP Seminars

This initiative averages 50 programs per academic season, bringing ASMP’s trusted business education to cities throughout the country. These seminars train imaging professionals on best business practices including pricing, copyright, licensing, sales, negotiating, strategic planning, business basics and more.

 

ASMP Foundation Chapter and Specialty Group Grant Program

The ASMP Foundation supports the educational goals of ASMP by awarding grants on an ongoing basis to ASMP Chapters and Specialty Groups. These funds are used to support specific educational programming that benefits, and is available to, the entire photographic community. More information

 

ASMP Online Business Resources

The ASMP web site and blog provide photographers in-depth educational and business resources on important and timely topics relevant to our evolving industry.

 

Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow (dpBestflow)

dpBestflow establishes digital best practices for the photographic industry. This project, funded originally by an award from the Library of Congress as part of their National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, has been expanded and maintained through the use of ACA funds. dpBestflow.org is the encyclopedia for digital imaging. More information

 

Google Lawsuit

On April 7, 2010, several industry associations and individuals filed a new class-action suit for copyright infringement against Google. The plaintiffs are the American Society of Media Photographers, the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, and photographers Leif Skoogfors, Al Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi and illustrators John Schmelzer and Simms Taback. While legal fees and disbursements in this case are being initially funded by the law firm representing the plaintiffs in the class action, Mishcon deReya NY LLP, Authors Coalition funds have been used to fund the legal fees and expenses incurred by ASMP in connection with the related class action that was filed on behalf of text authors. More information

 

Advocacy in the Courts

ACA funds were also applied to provide amicus curiae appellate briefs in the following cases: Golan et al. v. Holder, University of Alabama v. New Life Art, Les Kelly v. Arriba Soft, Douglas Faulkner et al v. National Geographic Society, Chase Jarvis v. K2, Perfect 10 v. Google, Cartoon Network et al v. CSC Holdings et al (Cablevision), Jerry Greenberg v. National Geographic Society, Steinbeck v. Penguin, U.S. v. Stevens, Perfect 10 v. Visa, Thomas Dallal v. N.Y. Times, and Daniel Shrock v. Learning Curve, as well as serving as a plaintiff in Free Speech Coalition v. Holder.

 

Orphan Works

ASMP advocated extensively against the language of the bill in its original form, presenting our case to Congressional staffers, testifying before the House and Senate committees and asking our members to fax letters to their elected representatives. ASMP also helped form a coalition of creator associations (including overseas groups) to press for amendments to the House and Senate bills. More information

 

Registration Counts Initiative

This ongoing initiative was designed to broaden the debate on copyright as it relates to imaging professionals and train photographers on the importance of registering their work with the copyright office. ASMP held a symposium on “Copyright and the New Economy: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists” on April 21, 2010 at The TimesCenter in New York. Videos of the sessions are freely available online. Free seminars travel the country and, to date, have trained 1500 visual artists on how to register their work.

 

Strictly Business Conferences

These highly acclaimed business conferences for imaging professionals, most recently run in 2008 and 2011, are known for being forward thinking programming that keep professionals informed and savvy in the face of sweeping change.

 

Student & Emerging Photographer Business Education

This initiative includes annual support for the Society for Photographic Education’s (SPE) annual conference, as well as direct university visits by ASMP educators and business-book donations at student events. Programs targeted specifically for students of photography train up-and-coming photographers in the basics of running a business and guidelines for starting out in this industry.

 

ASMP Gifts Funded with ACA Distributions

Aperture Foundation $16,500 committed over four years More info

Eddie Adams Workshops $40,000 More info

Farnsworth Museum Arnold Newman Prize $10,000 More info

Fotoweek DC $10,000 More info

George Eastman House $25,000 for Photography Conservation Program More info

Gordon Parks Foundation $25,000 for development of foundation website More info

Palm Springs Photo Festival $3,000 More info

Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) $235,000 More info

Shutha $6,000 to support website development for people in the Majority World who are producing professional photography and multimedia content. More info

Young Photographers Alliance $50,000 as a Major Founding Sponsor, plus $6,000 for the 2011 scholarship program More info

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund $45,000 committed over three years More info

 

Current ACA members

American Independent Writers

American Photographic Artists

American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc.

American Society of Media Photographers, Inc.

Artists Rights Society

The Authors Guild, Inc.

The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Garden Writers Association of America

Graphic Artists Guild

Mystery Writers of America

National Association of Science Writers, Inc.

The National Press Photographers Association

The National Writers Union

Novelists, Inc.

Romance Writers of America, Inc.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.

Sisters In Crime

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Society of American Travel Writers

Society of Illustrators

Songwriters Guild of America

Text and Academic Authors Association, Inc.

Western Writers of America, Inc.