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March's Capitol Hill Recap - PPA Today

March's Capitol Hill Recap

by Lindsey Forson

PPA's rounded out its time in Washington, D.C. with a full day of meetings yesterday:imageloc.JPG
•    First, we met with Tiffany Angulo in the office of Congressman Jim Jordan.
•    Then the team headed over to the Library of Congress for a meeting with Karyn Temple Claggett, the Director of Policy for the U.S. Copyright Office, and several of her colleagues.
•    Next we headed to the Copyright Alliance for a meeting with other stakeholders throughout the copyright-reliant industries.

The meeting with Congressman Jordan's Office was somewhat of an introduction. PPA had not recently met with this Office, therefore we gave an overview of PPA's role in the photographic community and our work on copyright defense, and presented to them copyright small claims as our top issue. Congressman Jordan, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, is also known as a very influential member among the current House majority. With this in mind, we requested his strong support of copyright small claims legislation once it's introduced.

PPA joined forces with seven other visual arts associations at the U.S. Copyright Office tocopyrightoffice.jpg present copyright small claims as a group and as the number one priority issue for the visual arts industries. As the Office is already very supportive of our Small Claims issue, we discussed specific details of how the U.S. Copyright Office can most effectively administer the process. This discussion also centered on issues affecting visual artists with the copyright registration process. The planning of the overhaul of their I.T. systems is already underway, and with that the timing may be right to address some registration issues. Both the representatives from the U.S. Copyright Office and the visual artist representatives agree that the requirement to sort works of the visual arts according to publication status is problematic. These changes will need to be addressed through legislation, but we may see more success if we advocate for these issues in tandem with the U.S. Copyright Office.

PPA's last meeting yesterday was with the Copyright Alliance, where copyright issues affecting all of the industries were broadly discussed. The conversation included copyright office modernization, small claims, current court cases affecting copyright law, and coordinated advocacy efforts on these three issues.

If you missed the rundown on the earlier part of our trip, check out the previous copyright visits recap posts from earlier this week. PPA will be back on the Hill in April to continue this important work and in the meantime, we'll continue to be in touch with key offices in D.C., as to keep our copyright small claims proposal top of mind. PPA's number one goal is to see small claims legislation, and as the support for our cause extends across the aisle, we are lobbying for its introduction in committee to happen this year with bipartisan sponsorship. Stay tuned to for more information.

Lindsey Forson is PPA's Manager of Government Affairs. She works alongside our CEO to fight for the rights of professional photographers on Capitol Hill and to keep PPA members informed on the issues that affect your businesses. Lindsey helps PPA advocate for stronger copyright protection, improved drone regulations, and other small-business issues affecting the industry. When not on Capitol Hill or at PPA headquarters, you can typically find Lindsey on a soccer field, at an Atlanta restaurant or market, or cheering on the Auburn Tigers!


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