Benefits / Advocacy & Copyright Protection

Copyright law is a battle that we have been fighting for years. Your images are unique, and rightfully yours. But ownership isn’t always attributed to the person behind the camera.

 

PPA is in this for the betterment of the industry. We advocate for you by pushing our state and national legislators to better serve and protect photographer rights in our technology-driven world, and by arming you with tools to protect yourself from being exploited.

Protect Yourself

Protect your work, your business and your reputation with PPA’s sample copyright and usage agreements, designed to cover you before the going gets tough… and even after it does. From licensing agreements and transfers to infringement notices and cease and desist demands, we give you the resources to be proactive – and reactive when needed!

 

The CASE Act

December 27, 2020 marks the day that America’s creators achieved a long-sought goal: the creation of a new small claims process. The US Copyright Office (USCO) is now tasked with enacting this small claims tribunal over the next year to year and a half. Originally, the CASE Act was supposed to be implemented one year after passage, but in the drafting process, an amendment was added allowing the USCO to request a 180-day extension. It’s safe to say that by June 27, 2022, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act will be in full effect. The earliest it could be implemented is by December 27, 2021.

We will keep you up-to-date with any new developments. In the meantime, it is still vitally important that you protect your copyright. The small claims process isn’t here yet, and even when it is, bad actors may still attempt to steal your work. Check out our Copyright Kit for information on how to protect your copyright.

There will now be a small claims tribunal for small creators, and they will have the same protections afforded to every other American business. The playing field has finally been leveled.

David Trust, PPA CEO