Your Voices Helped! H.R. 1695 Passes House

Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:35

Thanks to all for making your voices heard!

House Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Legislation on Selection Process for Copyright Register

Washington, D.C. — The House of Representatives today approved by a vote of 378-48 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695).  This bipartisan bill – introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) — makes important changes to the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. ~ House Judiciary Committee press release, April 27, 2018

Pay attention, though. H.R. 1695 now moves to the Senate!

Stay tuned for more alerts as H.R. 1695 moves to the Senate. Be forewarned that it only takes one Senator to put a hold on the bill, so your continued support will be essential to protect our basic rights.

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Protect Copyright: Urge your U.S. Representative to Vote "Yes" on H.R. 1695

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 11:29

(via the Illustrators Partnership of America)

copyright symbolArtists and advocates should act now to protect the future of copyright!

Congress is considering a new bill to change the way the head of the Copyright Office is appointed. It scheduled for a Rule's Committee meeting today and will likely be voted on by the House in the next few days. From there it will move to the Senate.

Under the new legislation - H.R. 1695 - the Register of Copyrights would be nominated by the President subject to confirmation by the Senate. Currently, the Register of Copyrights is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, serves under the Librarian, and as we saw last November, can be removed at will by the Librarian.

Why does this matter?

  • On October 21, 2016, the previous Register of Copyrights was summarily removed by the newly-appointed Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.
  • Dr. Hayden is a well-known promoter of Open Access, and appears committed to the goal of making Internet content free.
  • Many in the creative community believe she was appointed because she is a political activist whose views would serve the interests of the Big Internet firms currently lobbying for open access, orphan works legislation, etc.

Read more: Protect Copyright: Urge your U.S. Representative to Vote "Yes" on H.R. 1695


Act Now to Protect your Copyright!

Friday, 20 January 2017 22:25

Call to Action! Protecting your copyright is as important as ever!

Once again, your copyright is under threat. Everyone, not just US citizens, need to respond by January 31, 2017, to a short survey created by the Librarian of Congress asking what duties the new Register of Copyright’s primary skills and duties should be.

Be advised, this is not just an innocent request. The APA National, the Copyright Alliance (pdf), Jim Pickerell's Selling Stock, and DMLA Councel, Nancy Wolff all published notice and helpful sample responses to the Librarian's request. Please read them.

We direct your attention, in particular, to the Illustrators Partnership analysis of the survey request.

The Illustrators Partnership followed up with thoughtful advice on how to respond intelligently and effectively to the Librarian's survey. You can read that advice here or continue below, as we have republished it in its entirety.

Update! The Illustrators Partnership added new information and a sample PDF you can use as a guide to add a personal note to your submission.

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Fujifilm Award for Innovation now at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:33

A Standing Ovation for Innovation

The first-ever Fujifilm Award for Innovation at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017 

krishanu chatterjee image of handful of fishImage credit: © Krishanu Chatterjee

Innovation is the watchword!

For the very first time, the Fujifilm Award for Innovation will be presented at the world-famous Mall Galleries, London in April 2017, at the Champagne Taittinger Awards evening for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, the world’s leading awards celebrating food photography and film. 

This highly prestigious award will be given for a single image chosen from the 2017 shortlist – over 400 images selected from an overall entry of many thousands from across the world. In 2016, more than 7000 images were entered from 60 countries as entrants competed for the much-coveted overall crown.

Read more: Fujifilm Award for Innovation now at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017


Feb. 5 deadline for Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017

Thursday, 05 January 2017 01:10

miriam nice christmas in julyPhoto credit: ©Miriam NiceNow that the holidays are over, we wish to remind you the closing date for entries is 5 February, so there’s still time to get snapping for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017, the world’s most prestigious celebration of all that is special and significant about food photography and film.

The competition is open to everyone - professional and amateur, young and old - from across the world and boasts a prize pool worth almost 20,000 GBP. The overall winner scoops the crown and 5,000 GBP, two nights’ accommodation at the Intercontinental London Park Lane, a host of commercial opportunities, global publicity and worldwide recognition.

The awards have a wide range of categories, including Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, Partridges Food for Sale, Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year, unearthed® Food in Film supported by delicious for film shorts and, new for 2017, Intercontinental London Park Lane Food at the Table, World Food Programme Food for Life, Startisans Food in the Street, BBC Good Food Fresh Talent Award, The FujiFilm Award for Innovation and Individual Restaurants Cream of the Crop.

Read more: Feb. 5 deadline for Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017


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