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PPA Advocacy: Work Continues on Washington - PPA Today

PPA Advocacy: Work Continues on Washington

By Lindsey Forson

Things continue to move forward on Capitol Hill and we'd like to share updates on three fronts: 

Capitol_Copyright_Blog.png1. Currently, the primary focus of PPA's advocacy efforts is responding to a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) recently released by the U.S. Copyright Office. This NOI requests written comments on how certain visual arts, including photographs, are monetized, enforced, and registered under the Copyright Act. The issues we will address in our response are the same issues we're advocating for everyday through our lobbying efforts. This NOI is just another avenue through which we are able to speak up for your interests! 

It's very promising to see the Copyright Office continue to express interest in the concerns of visual artists (through this NOI) and show initiative in improving the copyright process for small creators (through several legislative proposals). In our response, we will stress the need for a small claims process for copyright enforcement as a top priority and will discuss other important issues such as the modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office and difficulties for photographers pertaining to copyright registration. We are working in close communication with other visual arts associations and stakeholders in the preparation of our comments and as always welcome PPA members' input!
2. It is a very exciting time on Capitol Hill when it comes to copyright policy issues. Recently, Congresswoman Chu (D-CA) and Congressman Marino (R-PA) released a discussion draft of a Copyright Office Modernization bill to the House Judiciary Committee. The bill titled the "Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act" or the "CODE Act" can be found here along with a section-by-section summary. We expect to see additional proposals for Copyright Office modernization arise in the near future. Though it will certainly take some time for a bill to get through committee, it's great to see members taking action on this important issue. The modernization of the Copyright Office is an important first step that must take place to pave the way for other crucial improvements.

3. Another important issue that continues to be on our radar is UAS (or drone) photography. We submitted comments (which you can read here: Comments to the FAA from PPA.pdf) to the FAA in response to recently proposed rules for small UAS operation. We continue to pursue conversations with the FAA and important members of Congress to discuss this issue and stress that time is of the essence in making UAS photography a safe and feasible option for professionals.

PPA continues to work every day to stand up for the rights of professional photographers on Capitol Hill, at the U.S. Copyright Office, and through collaboration with other associations and government offices. We have a constant voice on the Hill thanks to the Nickles Group who is speaking out about copyright protection and other small business issues affecting photographers for and with PPA. Additionally, PPA staff makes monthly trips to D.C. to meet with key members of Congress and other important government officials to advance the issues that matter most to you.

PPA CEO, David Trust, just returned last week from a D.C. visit, and he is set to return in mid-July along with membership director, Kristen Hartman, and copyright and government affairs coordinator, Lindsey Forson, and we are set to return to lobby on the Hill in mid-July! 

As always, you can contact your Copyright & Government Affairs department at PPA (800-786-6277) with your advocacy questions and input! We work hard to help you 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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