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Call for Declarations for the ASMP National Board of Directors

In Spring 2016 4 new Directors will join the ASMP National Board.

The face and driving force of an organization is its Leadership. Are you a Leader? Can you engage sponsors, organize volunteers, find innovative solutions, and support members? Can you move ASMP forward?

ASMP's unique election process allows you to nominate yourself for the National Board of Directors by submitting a Declaration. Please see this page for details.

Declarations are accepted until midnight DECEMBER 31, 2015. Declarations received after that date are NOT VALID.

Message From the Executive Director

© Stanley Leary

“I believe photographers are willing to work with Time Inc. to enable a new management system that would enable better tracking of assignments and to foster a consistent assignment approach across its properties. But it is essential that such an agreement not be done on the basis of an effort to unilaterally impose draconian contract terms that do not take into account the needs of photographers in their employment. I think it is far better to enter into discussions with photographers to produce a fair and mutually beneficial contract solution that also addresses Time Inc. business needs.”

  — Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director


USPTO's White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

In its January 28, 2016 meeting the Copyright Alliance (CA) offered a briefing on the newly released Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) White Paper on copyright issues in the digital age. The paper, subtitled "Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy", looks in detail at the legal framework for remixes, first sale in the digital environment, and statutory damages for infringements while offering a number of legislative and policy recommendations. The paper reflected two years of work by this task force within the Department of Commerce that includes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Of particular consequence to ASMP were white paper sections looking at the issues surrounding fair use as it applies to remixes, and support for the Copyright Office’s proposal to create a small claims alternative for adjudication of certain levels of infringement under the threshold normally associated with bringing cases to federal court.

ASMP continues to work with other groups representing visual artists such as the American Photographic Artists (APA), Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), Graphic Artist Guild (GAG), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) to produce a specific framework for the implementation of the small claims alternative. This proposal will be presented ultimately to the House Judiciary Committee as the basis for legislative action.

Shira Perlmutter, the Chief Policy Officer and Director of International Affairs at the USPTO, led the briefing and provided an overview of major aspects of the paper as well as the thought processes behind various recommendations.

We will be working with other groups within the Copyright Alliance to push forward conversations about the findings while also continuing to engage with the U.S. Copyright Office, and House Members. In the meantime, here is the text of a statement by Keith Kupferschmid, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance reacting to the release of the IPTF White Paper.

BaU Webinars

On January 27, 2016, Intellectual Property Attorneys Bruce Bellingham and Peter McCall of Spector, Gadon and Rosen, P.C. will outline the remedies currently available to photographers whose work has been infringed and best practices to protect your work.  Please join us for "You've Been Infringed, Now What?", now on a new Zoom platform.  Register here

 Please send any speaker or topic suggestions you'd like to see us pursue to Director of Content Strategy Judy Herrmann at

Questions with a Pro

Don't miss Scott Gable, Chase Jarvis, and Ami Vitale sharing their thoughts on business, creativity, marketing, technique and more in our Questions with a Pro series on Facebook and Twitter. Come back each week to find your favorite pros answering 2-4 of our questions. #questionswithapro. Got questions you'd like to ask or a Pro you'd like us to feature? Send your ideas to

Coming up on the Strictly Business Blog

Visit ASMP's Strictly Business Blog to find meaty and insightful posts from over 30 industry experts. This week, our contributors share the evolution of their careers and what they've learned along the way. A new post goes live 5 days per week. Bookmark

ASMP Webinar MP4s

Catch up on any ASMP webinars you may have missed. With nearly 30 recordings from the likes of Julianne Kost, Rosh Sillars, Mary Virginia Swanson, Kat Dalager, Mari Smith, Frank Meo, Doug Menuez and many more, you'll find a depth and breadth of information custom tailored to your needs as a professional still or motion photographer. ASMP members get free access to these recorded webinars on demand or as downloadable MP4 files. Visit for a complete listing of available programs.

  • On January 28, 2016 ASMP Excutive Director Tom Kennedy participated in a Copyright Alliance meeting where a briefing was presented on the newly released Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages. The paper, a step toward the Copyright Reform, reflects two years of work by this task force within the Department of Commerce that includes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


Special offers for ASMP Membership Drive 2016

Join ASMP or renew your membership for 2016 and request any of the following great offers timed specially to the new membership year:


Sage One On-Line Accounting Software
Ongoing, with renewal

Get a FREE one-year subscription to Sage One on-line bookkeeping software. Download transactions directly from over 10,000 financial institutions, easily spot and resend past-due invoices, offer easy on-line payment options and more with Sage One; details here.


Triple Scoop Music Life-Time License
Ongoing, with renewal

FREE life-time single-user “Pro Photographer” license for one song from Triple Scoop Music. Use your licensed song for unlimited slideshows, videos and galleries/portfolios promoting your work on your website, blog and social media channels as well as unlimited personal slideshows and videos for your consumer clients. Details of this and other TSM offers are here.


The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's J+ series

ASMP members receive a 10% discount on workshop and master classes for working journalists, freelancers, photographers, video journalists, and other communicators offered under the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism's J+ series. Details of this exclusive offer are available here


HotelStorm discounted hotel booking

ASMP members and their families save 10% to 55% on thousands of hotels worldwide when booking through HotelStorm. Members log in through a custom portal. The only information needed at the time of booking is a name and an email address for the confirmation email. The site is PCI compient. All information is available from a secure ASMP Benefits page.


2-Day Cine School workshops and master classes

An exclusive 20% discount is available to ASMP members on any combination of workshops and master classes of Tom Antos' North America and Europe tour Create a Big Budget Film Look on Any Budget. Tour website and discount code may be found on this ASMP Benefits page.


BlinkBid bidding and invoicing software

ASMP members are offered a life-long discount for BlinkBid on-line estimating and invoicing software. A $50 per year or a $4 per month discount will renew every year with the service subscription.Start hereto migrate your existing account or sign up for the new one.


PDN subscription

A new portal allows ASMP members to quickly and conveniently renew subscription to the industry's "must read ( and see )" Photo District News magazine or to become a new subscriber. Price is only $35 for U.S. residents / $69.95 outside of the country. A Green subscription, PDN Digital, is $35 worldwide. Detailsare available to ASMP members only.

Take advantage of all the great benefits offered exclusively to ASMP members! Go here to see all the ASMP Member Benefits that save you money, increase your knowledge and make running your business easier.


UAS / UAV Frequently Asked Questions

A list of UAS / UAV Frequently Asked Questions is available here. Compiled by Jonathan Held, it will answer any novice drone pilot's question and serve as a reference for those with substantial UAV experience.


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