First up today, the team, lead by PPA CEO David Trust, had an extremely encouraging meeting with Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA), Member of the House Judiciary Committee and Linda Shim, Chief of Staff to the Congresswoman.
Congresswoman Chu, who is already working with Congressman Marino to advance Copyright Office Modernization legislation, is incredibly supportive of our number one goal: copyright small claims. She even said that she would be willing to sponsor legislation that achieves that goal. We are so thankful for her tireless support for independent creators and plan to continue to work in close collaboration with her office to achieve both copyright small claims and copyright office modernization.
We then met with Chief Counsels to the Judiciary Committee, Joe Keeley, Majority Counsel and Jason Everett, Minority Counsel. There we discussed the details of copyright small claims and how to make sure the system that is being created will be effective and efficient for professional photographers. This meeting allowed us to confirm that it is now very clear to the policy makers on both sides of the aisle that the creation of copyright small claims is one of the primary end-goals of this copyright review process.
This paradigm shift will be a very positive game changer for small business creators. Now it is only a matter of when! We expect the issue to be addressed within the next two years and, of course, every time we get the opportunity, we urge lawmakers to act quickly because time is of the essence for small business creators like professional photographers throughout the U.S.
There's one more meeting for today with Catherine Rowland, Senior Advisor to the Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office. Check back here or on PPA.com/Advocacy tomorrow for more information and for a recap of this week's Copyright Advocacy trip to D.C.!