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Update from Capitol Hill

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Today during out visit to D.C., we continued to focus on the same three priorities:

  • including creation of a small claims process for copyright enforcement, 
  • improving/modifying the copyright registration process, and 
  • modernizing the U.S. copyright office.
 
We started the morning with an introductory meeting with Reginald Babin, Legislative Director from the Office of Congressman Cedric Richmond. Congressman Richmond is on the Judiciary Committee and before being elected, was the Louisiana State Representative for District 101 from 2000 to 2011, where he served as the Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and a member of the Ways and Means, House Executive, and Legislative Audit Advisory committees. Richmond also serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. During the meeting, we introduced Babin to PPA and presented our three priorities. He was very receptive to our message.

Our next stop was a meeting with Chris Randal, Legislative Counsel for Congresswoman Karen Bass. Prior to serving in Congress, Congresswoman Bass made history when the California Assembly elected her to be its 67th Speaker, catapulting her to become the first African American woman in U.S. history to serve in this powerful state legislative role. Bass serves on the House Judiciary Committee (Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations) and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Connecting with Randal was great and we plan to stay in touch with him and the Congresswoman's office as we dig deeper into the issues of small claims and the modernization of the U.S. copyright office, which he feels are issues likely to be met with wide support.

Widely across all of our meetings with the House Judiciary Committee, our issues continue to be met with general and visible support, which is encouraging. Of course, the process of moving legislation forward will undoubtedly present some complications, but the fundamental issues have very strong bipartisan support.

We wrapped up the day's meetings with a productive session with Keith Kuperschmidt, the new Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance. The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, of which PPA is a founding member, and a non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing artists, creators, and innovators across the spectrum of copyright disciplines, including membership organizations, associations, unions, companies and guilds, representing artists, creators and innovators, and thousands of individuals.

Kuperschmidt has a lot of ideas for increasing the grassroots advocacy efforts of the Alliance, which we were very excited to hear about! He stated that he would happily contribute to our mission, which is wonderful! We think that he will be of great support, as we advocate for these legislative priorities. He is also eager to help PPA rally the support of the other members of the Copyright Alliance.

Copyright is critical to our mission as photographers. But it is nothing that a single artist can defend and this is why this is so important to PPA. As we wrap up another very productive day advocating for a better copyright landscape in the U.S., we look forward to keeping you in the loop as more happenings occur in D.C.!

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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