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November 20, 2018

Making Copyright Laws Work for You

In the photography community, copyright infringement is a big problem, and you’d hope that copyright laws would protect you from such things. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Copyright law is meant to protect big companies, like motion pictures businesses and popular musicians, and is very hard for small creators to enforce. In order to take an infringer to court, you have to go through the federal court, which is expensive. Even if you happen to have half a million dollars lying around, you’ll have trouble finding a lawyer to take the case unless the damages exceed $30,000.

PPA knows how unfair this is for professional photographers, and has been actively trying to improve copyright protection for them. The best way to do this is to create a small claims process that will make taking copyright infringers to court easier and cheaper.

Here’s what you can do to help to make this possible:

  1. Go to and sign up to receive updates on copyright laws. You’ll receive messages on how to contact your local representatives. It’s simple and will only take a moment to sign up!
  2. Share PPA’s “Understanding Small Claims” video. Share it as may times as possible to keep it on people’s feed and minds.
  3. Check out PPA’s copyright resources. The copyright kit, webinars, and infringement tool are all designed to help you protect your work and livelihood.

Learn more about what Professional Photographers of America is doing to advocate for stronger copyright solutions for photographers and visual artists. If you’re not already a PPA member, don’t forget to join PPA to get the latest advice and news in the photography world!