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Capitol Hill: Day One Update! - PPA Today

Capitol Hill: Day One Update!

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This week, PPA CEO David Trust, leading your PPA Copyright and Government Affairs team, is back in our nation's capital discussing copyright and the protection of professional photography.HiRes.jpg

Yesterday was spent meeting with the recording and publishing industry, the stakeholders who, like PPA, have a vested interest in the issue of copyright protection. PPA is working hard to gain wide support for small claims throughout the copyright industries to advance photographers' rights and better protect their livelihood. Having a unified voice goes a very long way on the Hill. The PPA team had two meetings with representatives from the recording industry and one with a representative from the publishing industry to discuss potential small claims legislation. The discussions continue to be very positive and the issue had great cooperation overall. We are on the right track!

The Copyright team also had a meeting with Congressman Doug Collins (GA) and Senior Legislative Assistant to the Congressman, Sally Rose Larson, to discuss the copyright review and get the Congressman's insight on how legislation may move forward. Though it's too soon to tell if legislation will advance this year or next, it is increasingly apparent that members of the Committee will strive to achieve some of PPA's three priorities: small claims, modernization of the Copyright office, and modifications to the registration process. We will continue to lobby for action to be taken on these priorities sooner rather than later.

Congressman Collins is extremely supportive of our issues overall, and is eager to help achieve our legislative goals. This meeting also allowed us an opportunity to present the congressman and his staff with some of our more specific recommendations for small claims legislation.  

Last fall, Congressman Collins sat down with us to speak on the issue of copyright security. Check out the video here!

Looking forward to today's meetings scheduled with members of the Judiciary Committee, Chief Counsel to the Judiciary Committee for Intellectual Property issues, and Senior Advisor to the Register of Copyrights. We'll post updates to the blog and PPA.com/Advocacy as they come in, so stay tuned!

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