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© Stanley Leary

Dear Member,

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day - a day when we celebrate the important role that creativity and artistic expression play in America's cultural and economic life. This year’s theme is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.”

To celebrate, we have been informed that President Obama will issue a formal Presidential Message celebrating our artists, our creative and innovative industries, and the important role of intellectual property. To further highlight the importance of the creative and innovative communities, the President is scheduled to share a list of creative works with the world via social media on World IP Day. The goal is for the globe to hear from America's artists and creators on World IP Day and, along with President Obama, to create a chorus of support and celebration of our artists, creators, and innovators. Artists are asked to use the hashtag #AmericaCreates to join the President in this celebration on Tuesday.

As an artist, creator, innovator, and a member of ASMP, ASMP continues to work on your behalf promoting, protecting, and preserving your intellectual property. As has been noted in previous messaging, advocacy efforts at ASMP are ongoing, with some legislative achievements worthy of mention.

We continue to lobby House Members, Senators, and their staffs on the need to pass legislation to authorize formation of a Small Claims Tribunal as an alternative to Federal Court when addressing infringements. We have received strong messages of additional support on this issue from key legislators, while also engaging with other creator groups in the Copyright Alliance to expand public support. I have been participating in discussions sponsored by the U.S Copyright Office on a variety of topics related to adjusting U.S. copyright law to reflect the realities of the 21st century digital economy.

Going forward, we will also be looking at the issue of "moral rights" raised by the U.S. Copyright Office in a recent symposium. In that symposium, many participants addressed the importance of attribution for creators. Tying to economic concerns, attribution is also about giving artists the ability to secure their reputations by having their names persistently associated with creative works. In a world where the practice of metadata stripping is rampant, particularly for images being shared on social media, we need to consider this moral rights imperative as a future place of legislative focus and copyright law improvement.

While I encourage you to participate in World Intellectual Property Day events celebrating your creative works along with President Obama, one day is simply not long enough to promote ASMP's members' incredible array of creative works. So, if you are a member who also develops materials to educate others about the value of your work, we would like you to consider joining our team of Strictly Business blog contributors to assist other members' successful production, promotion, and protection of their intellectual property through blogging or participating in a webinar. I invite you to submit your name, along with links to your material, and a list of topics of personal interest to We will use this information to reach out about future contributions.

-- Tom Kennedy, Executive Director.

Action Initiated on Small Claims Bill

On April 27, 2016 House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced that the Committee is entering a new critical stage of its ongoing copyright revision process. Specifically, Chairman Goodlatte stated that "[i]n the weeks ahead, we will identify areas where there is a likelihood of potential consensus and circulate outlines of potential reforms in those areas. Then we will convene stakeholders for further work on these potential reforms."

Simultaneously with Rep. Goodlatte's announcement, Mike Klipper, ASMP's outside copyright counsel, was told by the office of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, (D-NY) that the Congressman is preparing a small claims bill for introduction and is seeking a Republican House Member to join him as an original cosponsor of the legislation. This is an especially important development coming as the House Judiciary Committee begins its next stage of the review process. Having a bipartisan bill introduced as this latest stage begins will elevate the small claims issue at a critical time in the Judiciary Committee's deliberations.

Tom Kennedy and Mike Klipper will be meeting with Rep. Jeffries' staff to discuss the components of a small claims bill as outlined in the white paper submitted by ASMP and six other visual artists groups. In concert with these other visual artists organizations, Kennedy and Klipper are in the process of developing a strategy for the upcoming stakeholder meetings. Tom Kennedy believes "these actions demonstrate the value of ASMP's advocacy efforts and why ASMP members need to stand together, and continue to effectively press the case for creating an alternative mechanism to address infringements that impair ASMP's members rights and livelihoods."

March 23, 2016: Congratulations to the newly-elected ASMP National Board members:

Marianne Lee
Luke Copping
Michael Hart
Barry Schwartz

We are looking forward the start of their 3-year terms in June 2016.

  • 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)


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