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H.R. 1695 Passes the House, Companion Bill Introduced in Senate

Our friends at The Copyright Alliance report that:

On April 26, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1695, The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, by a decisive, bipartisan vote of 378-48.  The bill would make the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee, subject to confirmation by the Senate, and begin the long, hard processs of modernizing the US Copyright Office by helping to provide it with an independent budget.

On May 3, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced S. 1010, a Senate companion to H.R. 1695.

Follow the links on the CA's website here to stay informed about Register of Copyrights news, including statements and other information regarding H.R. 1695 and S. 1010.

The APA National Business Manual

Our Business Manual is a guide to successful photography business principles. The APA Business Manual is an essential asset for professional photographers and assistants. It’s one of the many valuable resources provided by American Photographic Artists to the photographic community. The Business Manual is available to APA members and non-members alike. If you are not yet an APA member, we encourage you to join, but you can access the Business Manual any time here, or by going to the Advocacy section on the APAnational.org website.
Go here to download the entire APA National Business Manual, or any of the following sections:

Estimating and Licensing

    The Licensing Business Model
    Licensing vs. "Buyout"
    Writing a License
    The Art of the Estimate
    Estimating Checklist
    Billing Terminology and Structure
    Work Made for Hire

    
Forms and Lists

    Estimate/Invoice form
    Job Change Order
    Terms & Conditions
    Delivery Memo
    Location Checklist

Model Releases

    Model & Property Release Forms Overview
    Testing/Self Promotion Model Release
    Model Release and Consent Agreement

Assisting

    Professional Assistant Manual
    Effective Strategies to Get Professional Assisting Work
    Assisting Guidelines
    Photography Assistant Invoice

Copyright

    Copyright Registration: Vital to Your Success
    Photographer's Copyright Tutorial

Working with Artist Representatives

    Rep Checklist

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.

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