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Member Alert

The Eighth Annual "BEST OF" issue of the ASMP Bulletin is accepting entries until May 15th. Give your images — and your business — the chance to be showcased in print and online. Submit to the Best of ASMP 2012! For more details go here.

 
TOP STORIES
 
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FAP Facebook Page Now Live!

ASMP's Find A Photographer now has its own FB page to showcase the work of ASMP members. Every other week, a new artist will be featured, starting with winners of the Best of ASMP . This dynamic new page will be promoted to art buyers so they can see first-hand the talent and professionalism of ASMP members. They will also be able to link to the FAP site and app. To make the site as vibrant as possible - please visit and "Like" it.  And, ASMP Second Vice President and Social Media Committee Chair Ed McDonald says, "It would be great if members would blast out messages to their personal list of art buyers to tell them about the new FB page so they can sign in and visit regularly. By doing this, you are reinforcing the ASMP brand - and, by extension, your personal brand." To see the new page, go here.

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Help ASMP Respond to the Copyright Office

ASMP is concerned about new fees recently proposed by the US Copyright Office. You can review all the new proposed fees here. These include increasing the registration fee for filing an online claim from $35 to $65, and raising the fee for using a paper application from $65 to $100. The Copyright Office has requested comments by next month, and ASMP is gathering information for a response. Members will soon receive an email and be asked to take a short online survey about  current registration practices and the effects this increase would have. Please be on the lookout for this and help us create a powerful response by taking the survey!

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image12

Call for Entries

Image12  is a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the ASMP . The competition is open to professional, serious amateur and student photographers. First prize winners will have their winning image published in a full page ad in PDN magazine as well as in a promotional mailer sent to 2000 art directors, art buyers and photo editors throughout the United States. Contestants are asked to submit one or more images that were created after January 1, 2011. The deadline for entry submissions is May 1st. For  information on participating, see How to submit an image.

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Save the Date!

On September 27, 2012, ASMP will present an important symposium "Sustainable Business Models: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists" at The TimesCenter in New York. Join thought leaders to learn about the impact of shifts in the industry, creative approaches to distribution and compensation, and sustainable business models for the future. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Find out more.

 
 
ON YOUR SIDE
 
  • The Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released their 2011 Annual Report outlining the activities of the Office and its progress towards implementing the Office's 2010 Joint Strategic Plan. The Office is required to submit such a report every year by the PRO-IP Act of 2008. The report highlights the Administration's increased law enforcement action against pirated goods over the past year and its increased focus on China as the number one source of infringing products seized at the U.S. border. It also notes the progress of the legislative reforms the Office recommended to Congress in March of 2011 to strengthen IP enforcement and touts the role the Office played in establishing the Copyright Alert System as well as voluntary best practices for payment processors to reduce sales of pirated goods over the internet. You can read the report here.
 
  • The Second Circuit recently overturned the grant of summary judgment to YouTube in Viacom International Inc. et. al. v. YouTube Inc. et. al . In this decision, the Second Circuit reversed portions of a 2010 decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that YouTube is not liable for copyright infringement on its service. The appellate court vacated parts of the earlier ruling, and sent the case back to lower court for trial. Key to the decision was a determination of whether YouTube was entitled to rely on "safe harbor" provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The lower court had concluded that because YouTube lacked sufficient knowledge about specific infringements on its site, it could rely on the safe harbor provisions to excuse liability. Read the decision
 
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
 

The ASMP Board of Directors meeting was held April 3 & 4 in conjunction with the Palm Springs Photo Festival. It was the first meeting for the new 2012-13 officers and directors: Shawn Henry, President; First Vice-President Gail Mooney; Second Vice-President Ed McDonald; Treasurer Kevin Lock; and Secretary Blake Discher; and Board directors Thomas Werner and Kimberly Blom-Roemer. Returning Board Members include Kate Baldwin, Jenna Close, Mark Green, Bruce Katz, Richard Kelly, Irene Owsley, Barry Schwartz and Steve Whittaker. Highlights of the meeting will be available soon.

 
EDUCATION
 
 

ASMP will present several seminars at the NABSHOW (National Association of Broadcasters) in Las Vegas April 14-19. Presentations include: Traveling the Globe with a Small Crew and Minimal Amount of Gear and From Passion to Profitable Distribution; Trademark, Releases and Privacy Rights; Copyright in the Digital Age; and How to Register Your Creative Work. Gail Mooney and Richard Kelly are featured presenters. Find out more here.

 
 
 
MEMBER NEWS
 
 

Toni Greaves was the Grand Prize Winner of the the Palm Springs Photo Festival Slide Show this year. You can see her work here.

 
 

Jagdish Agarwal, founder of the first picture agency in India, Dinodia Photo Library, has had an article published in the largest circulated photography magazine in India, Better Photography. He has also had an exhibition of black and white photos in the  prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery of India which can be seen here.

 
 

Al Satterwhite's collection of images of the races, the cars, the drivers and behind-the-scenes poignant moments are available in his latest fine art collector edition book, "the Racers." The 98-page layout is a limited-edition for serious racing collectors. The book is available online or by emailing al@alsatterwhite.com.

 
  Richard Kroll is trying to identify the photographers who shot these two photos in Iran during 1979. If you can help, contact Richard at krollresearch@yahoo.com.
 
 
 

Sid Hoeltzell needs help in an alleged copyright infringement civil matter involving a French software RIP company. He needs evidence of images that are allegedly embedded in software/DVD, press releases, brochures created and distributed by CALDERA, CALDERA GRAPHICS, CALDERA.EU from March 2007 thru November 2011. If anyone has ever used the software, kept a brochure, or even used these images, please contact sidphoto@me.com.

 
 

In Memoriam: Sadly, Peter T. Sagara, 80, longtime resident of New Mexico and Colorado, passed away on March 26, 2012. Peter left an indelible mark on the world of advertising photography and has been a memorable mentor to those he met. 

 

OUT AND ABOUT
 
 

ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik  attended a National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) event recently, as well as a Copyright Clearance Center symposium on Copyright and Intellectual Property. In addition, he traveled to the Palm Springs Photo Festival and the Executive Board Meeting, and will be attending the NABSHOW as well as the annual Brooks Institute Meeting in California.

 
 

ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman was a featured speaker at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California's April 2012 Orphan Works Symposium.

 
 
 
MEMBER BENEFITS
 
 

Foundfolios 15% Discount

Foundfolios is offering an elite Featured Membership to just 500 photographers. Apply for membership while there are still slots left, and you'll get top exposure, special private benefits, and a portfolio badge so buyers know you're an elite artist. ASMP members receive 15% off all Foundfolios membership levels. Find out more

 
 

Save 25% on Perfectly Clear until April 30th

Until April 30th, ASMP members can save 25% on Perfectly Clear from Athentech Imaging.This award winning software corrects the problems caused by digital cameras with a single mouse click, pixel-by-pixel. Perfectly Clear is available as a Plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom for both Mac and PC. Perfectly Clear is also available as an iPhone and iPad app to correct images directly on your mobile devices. You can download the 30-day free trial here. To purchase and get the discount, click here.

 
FYI
 
 

Clarion Call 2012: STEPS TO SUCCESS

Seven photography experts will join commercial photography consultant Selina Maitreya for a 1 day event to deliver the precise formula to help commercial photographers have incredible success in their businesses. Clarion Call 2012, STEPS TO SUCCESS, a Professional Photography Telesummit will take place April 20, 2012 from 12noon EST-7pm EST. Judy Herrmann and  Colleen Wainwright will be among the presenters. Don't miss this FREE, live audio event hosted by Maitreya. Register here.

 
 

NABSHOW ® Discounts

ASMP is the only photography association at the National Association of Broadcasters event in Las Vegas, April 14-19. Members get $100 off SMART Passes or Post|Production World Passes non-member rates. You can also get a free Exhibits-only pass. To get these great discounts, go here  ASMP is also a sponsor of the SuperMeet, held at the Pavillion Ballroom at the Tropicana Las Vegas on Tuesday April 17th. More info here. Learn more about the show.

 
 

ASPP Event

The American Society of Picture Professionals will hold its Annual Meeting/ All Day Education & Networking Event: Charting A New Course: The Changing Landscape Of Image Rights on April 27 at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Topics will include: Copyright, news from the top including Orphan Works; Key wording, art or science; and Electronic Publishing, new formats , new business models. Register and pay online at http://asppmidwest.eventbrite.com/

 
 

Security Hole in Java for Mac

The Mac OS used to be relatively free from viruses, trojans and malware, but that has changed. As the Mac has gained popularity it has become attractive to hackers and thieves The latest hack exploits a hole in the Java plug-in for Mac web browsers. Learn more.

 
 

Visited CameraCake.com Lately?

ASMP's resource sharing site is the place to find resources submitted, approved and reviewed by your peers. Want some strategic pricing pointers?   Check out CameraCake's most recently posted resource: Pricing Strategies for Creatives  submitted by Steve Dreiseszun.  Though targeted to designers, these strategies apply just as well to photographers.  Visit CameraCake.com daily to find, like and submit your favorite resources. CameraCake.com is photographers helping photographers.

 
 

ASMP Linkedin Milestone Reached

The ASMP Linkedin Group, which was started in 2008, just crossed the 5,000 member threshold and is growing at about 100-200 members per week! Join the National Linkedin Group here

 
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