Capitol Hill February Recap: Advocating for Your Rights
More progress is being made in the fight for copyright small claims this week thanks to your PPA Copyright and Government Affairs team, led by CEO David Trust! While in Washington, D.C. we garnered support for our most important issue, copyright small claims, among other copyright stakeholders.
We discussed how to make a copyright small claims process work best for professional photographers with several supportive members of Congress and their staffers, who may eventually be the drafters and sponsors of small claims legislation. The final meeting of the trip took place at the United States Copyright Office yesterday, where we discussed our recommendations for small claims.
It is no surprise that the top legislative priority of the Copyright Office is the modernization of their own office (this is one of PPA's top three priorities!). The Copyright Office is also very active in lobbying for the creation of copyright small claims and published its own proposal to Congress outlining specific recommendations for small claims.
It was quite the busy day at the Copyright Office, as the President of the United States made his nomination for the new Librarian of Congress minutes before our meeting. We really appreciate the Copyright Office staff still making the time to meet with us, as they allowed us to discuss our recommendations for how to make the small claims process most effective for PPA members. In most cases, our recommendations are very similar to the proposal of the Copyright Office, so we are hopeful for the future. Another discussion in this meeting was how PPA and the U.S. Copyright Office can help each other advocate for the advancement of copyright-related legislation on the Hill.
Here you can read a statement from the Copyright Alliance, of which PPA is a founding member, on the Librarian of Congress nomination.
Our efforts don't stop with this trip: PPA has several phone calls scheduled with key offices in DC during the next week to follow-up on these discussions and your PPA Copyright & Government Affaires team makes its next trip to our nation's capital to continue this work in just three weeks! Stay up-to-date with all of our advocacy headway at PPA.com/Advocacy!
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.