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Creative Rights Caucus Update - PPA Today

Creative Rights Caucus Update

By Lindsey Forson

We know you do everything you can to protect your copyright! From educating your clients on the law to including a copyright notice on your published work, you are diligent about protecting your rights because you know it is your livelihood. Unfortunately, there are still barriers to copyright enforcement for professional photographers including big public misconceptions, a general lack of legal enforcement and legal options, and a complicated copyright registration process. We also know that if you could meet with law-makers personally to discuss these issues, you would! Because running a successful photography studio keeps you busy enough, PPA works hard to be the voice of professional photographers in Washington, D.C., protecting, defending and advancing copyright matters for all visual artists.

And this week, we're at it again! Your PPA Copyright and Government Affairs team is in our nation's capital speaking out for the rights of professional photographers. During this trip PPA  is hosting a briefing to the Creative Rights Caucus of the United States House of Representatives, in collaboration with several other visual arts associations. Key members of Congress related to copyright law and their staffs will be present at the event. They will hear about the copyright challenges that affect the visual arts industries directly from a panel of visual artists.

After the event, your PPA team will sit down directly these law-makers for a deeper discussion of legislative priorities relating to professional photographers. We continue to petition for a small claims process for copyright enforcement as the most vital improvement to our nation's copyright system for small business creators including photographers. We will also discuss the legislative changes that are much needed to both improve the copyright registration process, and to modernize the U.S. Copyright Office. Thankfully, all of these issues continue to be met with great optimism by members of Congress and we hope that this briefing and follow-up conversations will provide a unique perspective on the importance and urgency of these issues.

Check back in on our blog to see the most recent updates, as we'll be reporting back several times this week!

Lindsey Forson is PPA's Copyright & Government Affairs Coordinator.  She works with members on a daily basis addressing copyright questions and works closely with our CEO to advocate for professional photographers on Capitol Hill and to keep members informed on the issues that affect their businesses. She's new to Atlanta and spends most of her free time exploring the city (restaurants, markets, parks); spends three nights a week playing soccer and is a huge Auburn fan.


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