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ASMP Expands Presence & Programs

ASMP has a busy few months planned as the Society participates in several key industry conferences:
  • WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) 2012, February 16-23, Las Vegas. ASMP is offering four seminars at the event. See WPPI Show Discounts below under Member Benefits.
  • FotoFest 2012, Houston, March 16th-April 3rd. ASMP will present a workshop on March 25th.
  • 2012 SPE (Society for Photographic Education) National Conference, San Francisco, March 22- 25. ASMP will have a booth and present four seminars.
  • NABSHOW ®(National Association of Broadcasters), Las Vegas, April 14 -19. ASMP is the only photography trade organization to be part of this event. ASMP will host a booth, provide discounted access for members, and deliver five seminars.
  • Palm Springs Photo Festival, Palm Springs, April 1- 6. There are two ASMP seminars being offered and the ASMP National Board of Directors meeting will be held during the Festival. See PSPF Show Discounts below under Member Benefits.
  • CEPIC Congress 2012 (Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage), London, May 15-18. ASMP is organizing a day of programming and will host a global trade association industry meeting.

2012 Voting Begins

ASMP Election season is here and there are 11 candidates running for 5 available seats on the ASMP National Board of Directors. ASMP voting members can cast their online ballots through March 15th. Results will be announced March 16th. Find out more about the candidates and issues here. And, if you are a General or Life Member, plan to vote between February 15 and March 15. Just log in to and look for the "Vote" link.
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  • ASMP and The Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) have filed an amicus brief in the case of Prince et al. v. Cariou , in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The brief urges the Second Circuit to uphold a New York federal judge's decision that the fair-use exemption to copyright protection did not apply to Richard Prince's use of Patrick Cariou's images of Rastafarians in Jamaica in his artworks. The brief asserts that if the Second Circuit finds that the unauthorized use of copyrighted photographs for use in appropriation art is not an infringement, it will threaten the ability of their members to earn a living from their work and to continue creating and archiving new copyrighted works. Read the brief.
  • In a historic ruling on Congress's power to give authors and composers monopoly power over their creations, the Supreme Court has broadly upheld the national legislature's authority to withdraw works from the public domain and put them back under a copyright shield. The 6-2 decision (with Justice Elena Kagan not taking part) came in the case of Golan, et al., v. Holder (docket 10-545), involving a wide-ranging constitutional challenge to a federal law passed in 1994 to implement global agreements worked out in trade negotiations - the so-called Uruguay Round Agreement. The challenge, however, failed on all points. ASMP participated in amicus curiae briefs in this case from the beginning. For a summary of the Supreme Court opinion, go here
Board Highlights
  The Executive Board Meeting was held in Philadelphia February 4th & 5th. Executive Board Members participating in the meeting were: Jim Cavanaugh, Shawn Henry, Gaily Mooney, Blake Discher and Richard Kelly. Board Members Kevin Lock, Jenna Close and Ed McDonald also attended.
  The series of free webinars jointly produced by ASMP and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to educate creators and users on copyright, licensing and monetization of content continues! The webinars have been popular with corporate buyers of visual materials, as well as photographers and other imaging professionals. The next webinars to be presented are: The Future of Licensing, February 29th, 1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern and (re)Imagining the Future, March 14th, 1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern. Sign up here to reserve your spot.

Thank you for your sharing your thoughts about delivery of ASMP's educational resources in our survey last month! Many of you let us know that you are very interested in online educational offerings in addition to in-person events. It's not too late to give us your opinion. Go here to take the short survey.
Brian Dressler is celebrating Dressler Photography's 32 years of "commercial photography excellence." Work includes product illustration, portraits, industrial, aerial, and architecture.
  ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik attended the annual Eddie Adams Board Meeting in New York. This coming year will be the 25th Anniversary of the Workshop. He also traveled to Washington DC for a Copyright Alliance general membership meeting at which the plans for the coming year were discussed.

WPPI Show Special Discounts

ASMP members receive discounts at the upcoming annual Wedding & Portrait Photographers (WPPI) Convention and Trade Show Feb 19-23, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Free 3 day trade show passes are available to ASMP members, and if you'd like to attend some of the 90 platform classes during the show, the discounted fee is $150. See the latest products, technologies and services from major manufacturers and hear from some of the world's finest photographic instructors!
Learn more.

Palm Springs Photo Festival Discount

ASMP members qualify for a 10% across-the-board discount on all activities at Connect 2012, the Palm Springs Photo Festival which will be held April 1-6. The Festival is an intense week-long event for professional, emerging and serious advanced amateur photographers. It is intended to inspire, educate and instill or reignite passion for the art and commerce of photography. Get the discount code and visit to get all the details and register.

Update on Exclusive Savings from Apple

ASMP members receive special pricing on Apple products, complimentary shipping on orders over $50, free engraving on all new iPod and iPad models, Mac customization, and ratings and reviews on accessories and software. Find out more.

Message from Fireman's Fund

If you receive a cancellation notice on your Fireman's Fund business insurance and want to continue coverage, please contact Taylor & Taylor: In New York at 212 490-8511 Olga Medina or In California Natasha Freeman at 818 981-9700. Fireman's Fund continues to be in the business of insuring still photographers as they have for the past thirty plus years and in fact is the official insurance carrier of the ASMP Prosurance program.

Pro Photo Daily

Pro Photo Daily, a new newsletter compiled by David Schonauer, the ex Editor of American PHOTO, is now available. You can register here to receive it and are encouraged to check it out on Facebook and comment from time to time . If you like what Pro Photo Daily is doing, they would appreciate your liking them here.

Globe Photos May Be Looking for You

Globe Photos is in the process of returning original photos to photographers after editing and digitizing the files. They report that many of the letters they have sent to photographers have been returned due to bad address. If you have material at Globe and have not heard from them about its return, contact

Accept Credit Cards on Location with Square

Square is the simplest way to accept credit cards. The free Square app turns any Android phone, iPad or iPhone into an easy-to-use point of sale system that sets up instantly and can be taken anywhere. Square mails ASMP members a free card reader when they sign-up. They can download the app, sign in, and take a payment in just minutes. Just 2.75% per swipe, no contracts and no additional fees. For more info, go here

Hope for a Healthy World

BD's Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition gives photographers the opportunity to win cash and other prizes while having their work seen by a panel of industry experts. Winners' work appears at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, as well as on the website The photographs focus on the subject of global health and become part of a traveling gallery BD uses to raise awareness about urgent issues. The deadline for entry is February 29 and you can go here to find out more.

Save the Date

The Digital Imaging Institute announces the Imaging in Ophthalmology Workshop, Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, September 12-15, 2012. To learn more, email
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