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PPA Advocacy: Update from Capitol Hill - PPA Today

PPA Advocacy: Update from Capitol Hill

PPA CEO, David Trust and Copyright & Government Affairs Coordinator, Lindsey Forson are in Washington, DC this week working with law makers on a variety of photography related topics to help advocate for photographers rights to Be More Protected. 

We met with counsel to Ranking Member Conyers of the House Judiciary Committee in our first meeting this morning. We discussed the specifics of PPA's priorities related to copyright improvements. We had a great discussion regarding modifications to the copyright registration process which would improve image protection for professional photographers. We proposed an elimination of the requirement to sort creations as published v. unpublished and a relaxation of the deposit requirement, proposals which were met with a favorable and optimistic response. We also discussed specifics surrounding a copyright small claims process which is currently PPA's top priority. In this meeting, Jason Everett and other counsel for the committee provided great insight into what opportunities and barriers may arise regarding actual legislative action. 

Next, we met with Curtis Philip of the office of Congressman Lamar Smith who serves on the Judiciary Committee. We discussed these priorities with him as well as the modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office highlighting administrative improvements that must occur in order for legislative changes to start happening. 

We wrapped up the afternoon meetings in the Office of Congresswoman Mimi Walters with a member of her staff - Casey Fitzpatrick. We provided insight into the photographic industry highlighting the intellectual property concerns of professional photographers. We had a discussion surrounding how a small claims process would greatly improve the enforcement mechanisms of creators in protecting their copyright. And we even discussed specific ideas for the structure of this process. 

We look forward to meeting tomorrow morning with Joe Keeley, Chief Counsel for copyright issues for Chairman Goodlatte (Chairman of the Judiciary). This is our official copyright review meeting as a major stakeholder in the industry. We will meet with additional committee members in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more updates later this week. 

As always, you can contact your Copyright & Government Affairs department at PPA (800-786-6277) with your advocacy questions and input! PPA works hard to help professional photographers Be More Protected.

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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