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Support the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement

Ask Congress to Support the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement

Stand up for artists’ rights! Ask Congress to Support H.R.3945

Visual artists are entitled to an effective avenue for enforcing their intellectual property rights. We are asking do your part in the fight for hundreds of thousands of visual artists and copyright holders across the nation and demand copyright protection.

Ask your Congressional representative to support H.R.3945 

On October 4, 2017, Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA), as well as Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced H.R.3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2017. 

The CASE Act seeks to establish a voluntary small claims board within the Copyright Office. Copyright holders could present claims with potential damages of $30,000 or less in a low-cost, simplified process. It will provide copyright owners with an alternative option to the expensive process of bringing infringement claims in federal court. 

In April, the House Judiciary Committee will likely consider and vote on the bill. 

Organizations representing individual creators and small businesses have voiced their support to legislators. Now Congressional representative nees to know that YOU support the bill. 

Please contact your representative - and if you have contacted them previously, please reach out again. Now is the time to remind them that the creative community needs their support. Your calls and letters make a difference. 

You can add you name here, pre-written to address your Congressional representative, view,  edit and hit send: 

http://copyrightdefense.com/action

Thank you for your time & for standing up for artists’ rights!


Read more about the value of artists to the economy https://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2018/03/heres-how-much-photography-contributes-to-the-u-s-economy.html
 

Call to Action - Support HR3945

Call to action is now - support the creative community 

Please ask your representative to cosponsor the CASE Act  - #H.R.3935

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3945/text
 
It’s easy. Add your name here and a letter will go out on your behalf:
 
http://copyrightdefense.com/action


Or Here:
http://copyrightalliance.org/get-involved/add-your-voice/
 
Ask your family, friends, and peers to do the same.
 
This bill will help provide individual creators – such as photographers, illustrators, writers, and musicians – the ability to bring cases without the expense and complexity of Federal Court.
 
Push it out on social media using hashtags:

#HR3945
#UniteforCopyright

The Copyright Alliance Small Claims Working Group has declared January 17th,  #SmallClaimsDay

Sample Tweets:

#Creators experience #copyright infringement every day. If you are one of these creators or a friend of the creative community, #UniteForCopyright on January 17 #SmallClaimsDay, and ask your representative to cosponsor #HR3945 http://copyrightalliance.org/get-involved/add-your-voice/
 
Support the #creative community by asking your representative to cosponsor #HR3945 on January 17, #SmallClaimsDay! Write or call them to ask for their support!  http://copyrightdefense.com/action

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Read more: http://apanational.org/advocacy/entry/small-step-for-copyright-giant-step-for-creators-the-case-act/

Tips for Protecting Your Work

While social media sites provide a vast network of marketing opportunities with little or no outlay of cash from users, as you'll see from our Social Media White Paper they are not without costs of a different kind. Consequently, APA recommends that if you choose to post images to social media sites, you do so with full awareness of the potential consequences:

  1. Terms of Service (ToS) and User Agreements are binding legal documents that apply to you whether you read and fully understand them, or not. 
  2. Most of these documents dictate ways in which the services can use, share, even sell your images without any further permission from you. 
  3. Images you post may escape your control and may not ever be completely removable from the internet, even in cases where you may be legally liable. 
  4. Even if your images never leave the site, you may forfeit future licensing opportunities because clients may want exclusivity that you cannot guarantee. 
  5. You may be liable for others' use, or misuse, of your own images that you post. 

If you choose to post images to social media sites: 

  1. Consider limiting your postings to a small, finite group of images you're willing to devote to a marketing or business plan. 
  2. Consider watermarking your images to limit their commercial viability and to prevent your images from becoming separated, or "orphaned" from you, their creator. 
  3. Consider linking to your images from your blog or website, rather than posting new files. 
  4. Check your insurance policy to be sure you're covered for the potential liabilities you assume when posting to social media. 

Know your rights. Take a few minutes to read the ToS for wherever you choose to post your work, then decide. And if you don't understand or you're unsure, don't rely on readings on the internet. Consult your own attorney for legal advice.

APA’s California Sales Tax Guide

This document is an explanation of the basic application of sales tax for photographers in California. It covers many situations, but not all. There are additional nuances and gray areas that have been left out in an effort to get the main points across as simply as possible. We advise you to write to the BOE to get specific advice in situations that are not covered here.

VIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE APA CA SALES TAX PDF HERE

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