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Shira Perlmutter Chosen as 14th U.S. Register of Copyrights

After an extensive 9-month search initiated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Shira Perlmutter has been selected by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to become the 14th U.S. Register of Copyrights...

The Future of the CASE Act

Intellectual property represents $6.6 trillion—over one third—of the total GDP of the United States. This number accounts for not just the work of photographers but also graphic artists, authors, illustrators, songwriters, and countless other professions. That’s why it’s crucial that…

Published vs. Unpublished

One of the hurdles that photographers face when registering their copyright is determining whether the work is published or unpublished. This may sound like a straight-forward question,  but when you look at the last time the definition of ‘published’ was…

CASE Act Update - 71 Grandmothers Send Letter to the Hill

July 20, 2020   TO:  The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader TO:  The Honorable Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader CC:  U.S. Senate   Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer,    The 71 signatories on this letter are…

CASE Act Update – Senator Roger Wicker Becomes Co-sponsor

Professional Photographers of America's (PPA), Government Affairs Team is happy to announce that Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has become a co-sponsor of S. 1273, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This action from Senator Wicker…

A Win for Artists’ Rights: Instagram Changes its Position on Copyright

Instagram clarifies their original position that it grants users who embed APIs a copyright sublicense.

Copyright Law: Understanding Your Rights as a Photographer

In the age of social media, a clear understanding of your rights as a photographer is crucial to receiving the credit you deserve. Discover all the information you need, and explore PPA's resources and tools. 


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, four pieces of financial assistance and relief legislation have been passed and trillions of dollars spent in only a matter of months. Despite the rollout of these programs, significant problems have occurred in…

Photographers should be cautious about using murals as backdrops

Colorful murals in urban settings are tempting backdrops for photography, and they’re certainly popular with clients. But if you make a photo of a client or product in front of a public mural without the artist’s permission, is that copyright…

ABA Support of the CASE Act Speaks Volumes

A growing wave of support suggests a positive shift in America’s approach to copyright morality.
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