Canadian Photographers Now Own Their Own Copyright

Nov 11, 2013 Advocacy
A major copyright reform bill that passed into a law a year ago and took effect today in Canada assures Canadian photographers that they officially own the copyright to all of their photographs, regardless of whether they were commissioned.

Five Myths About The Federal Shield Law

Oct 30, 2013 Advocacy
NPPA has been a supporter of the Free Flow of Information Act, sometimes referred to as the Federal Shield Law. It was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a bipartisan, 13-5 vote. If passed by Congress, the Act would be the first statute to protect journalists from being forced to identify their confidential sources in federal court. Kurt Wimmer, a lawyer who specializes in free speech and the Constitutional rights of journalists, has written an article about five myths that persistently linger regarding the Act.

NPPA Lawyer Gives PhotoWeekDC Legal Workshop On November 2

Oct 28, 2013 Advocacy
Photographers are being caught in the middle of a perfect storm of technology, terrorist fears, and a World Wide Web mentality of entitlement to images. At the leading edge of this storm are the rising number of incidents of photographers being interfered with or arrested due to a climate of fear and suspicion of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet.

"Misappropriation" Art, Or Transformative Fair Use? It's Complicated

Oct 26, 2013 Advocacy
In the ongoing copyright infringement case by photographer Patrick Cariou against “appropriation artist” Richard Prince, both sides have filed briefs respectively supporting and opposing the August 21, 2013 petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Cariou, appealing the April 2013, ruling in the case by a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That decision reversed and vacated a 2011 lower district court ruling involving the application of the fair use doctrine to artistic works. Cariou originally published his photographs in 2000 in a book entitled Yes, Rasta, while Prince’s work was exhibited in 2008 as Canal Zone collages.

NPPA At PhotoPlus: Photography & The Law – Access, Copyright & Social Media Issues

Oct 7, 2013 Advocacy
Ever since 9/11 there’s been a heightened awareness of taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue is exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings to the Internet, where they may be viewed, shared and, in many cases, go viral with thousands of views.

Copyright Report Recommends $30K Small Claim Damage Cap

Oct 4, 2013 Advocacy
On the eve of closing its offices due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Copyright Office released its long awaited Report on Copyright Small Claims. The report adopts many of the positions advocated by the NPPA, including a tribunal, called the Copyright Claims Board, which would hear all types of copyright infringement cases and permit all defenses, including “fair use”. The report recommended a ceiling for claims at $30,000, which is the current upper limit of statutory damages for non-willful infringement.

SDX Foundation Funds National Police, Journalist Training

Oct 1, 2013 Advocacy
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation (SDX) is providing a $12,500 grant that will enable the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to collaborate with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) on a national training program for police and journalists.

NPPA Hosts Free Speech Week Panel Discussion

Sep 25, 2013 Advocacy
The National Press Photographers Association sponsored by the The Photo Committee of the National Press Club in support of Free Speech Week proudly presents The Right to Photograph & Record in Public.

Cambodian Press Groups Condemns Attacks On Journalists

Sep 23, 2013 Advocacy
The Overseas Press Club of Cambodia (OPCC) strongly condemns the attacks on Cambodian and foreign journalists covering the aftermath of Cambodia’s disputed election.

NPPA Participating In New Survey Of Media Credentialing Practices

Sep 13, 2013 Advocacy
The National Press Photographers Association is a participating partner in a new survey of media credentialing practices.


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