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May 24, 2016

PPA Goes to Washington: May Edition Update

PPA is back on Capitol Hill this week seeking sponsors for a copyright small claims bill! Here's how it's progressed so far on the first day - 

We met with Amy Bos in the office of Congressman Sensenbrenner. The Congressman is on the House Judiciary Committee and is known for his strong support of small business issues. He is also very strong on IP protection issues. These traits make Congressman Sensenbrenner an ideal advocate for small claims legislation. This is our third meeting with the office just this year, and they continue to be extremely receptive to our message. We will definitely continue to follow-up with Congressman Sensenbrenner's office as we see progress toward a small claims bill. 

Our next meeting is with Congresswoman Judy Chu and her Chief of Staff Linda Shim. Congresswoman Chu repeatedly proves herself to be one of the strongest advocates for small creators on the committee. She has certainly emerged as a leader on this issue. We will thank the Congresswoman for her continued support for small claims on all of our priority issues. (She previously introduced a bill to the committee on Copyright Office Modernization.) During this meeting we will also discuss more specific strategy for achieving the creation of a small claims process. 

We'll keep you updated as the trip progresses. Stay tuned on PPA Today for more updates!

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Lindsey Forson is PPA's Manager of Government Affairs. She works alongside our CEO to fight for the rights of professional photographers on Capitol Hill and to keep PPA members informed on the issues that affect your businesses. Lindsey helps PPA advocate for stronger copyright protection, improved drone regulations, and other small-business issues affecting the industry. When not on Capitol Hill or at PPA headquarters, you can typically find Lindsey on a soccer field, at an Atlanta restaurant or market, or cheering on the Auburn Tigers!