The dramatic history of Professional Photographers of America

3.5.2019 News

Book chronicles the oldest professional association for working photographersThe history of Professional Photographers of America was literally 150 years in the making. And chronicling that history was itself a feat. After more than two years of extensive analysis, PPA has published its storied history in the book “The Challenge to Succeed: 150 Years of Professional Photographers of America.”PPA’s antecedent, the National Photographic Association, was founded in 1868 by a small group... Continue Reading >

Small claims copyright bill introduced

10.6.2017 News

SHOW SUPPORT BY CONTACTING REPRESENTATIVESAt long last the small claims copyright bill has dropped. Under current U.S. law, copyright cases play out in federal court and are so expensive that attorneys won’t tackle one unless damages are likely to exceed $30,000. The average copyright infringement against a photographer is valued at less than $3,000. That’s a lot of money to an entrepreneur who’s earning $34,000 a year, on average. Yet it’s not enough to battle infringers.A bill... Continue Reading >

Copyright law that works for you

August 2016 issue News

Changes will protect photographers© PPAPPA's Lindsey Forson and David Trust are frequent visitors to Capitol Hill as the orgnization advocates for more effective copyright protection for photogrpahers;.After years working at the leading edge of copyright reform, PPA sees that U.S. copyright law is on the verge of change for the better. Legislation is being put forth in Washington, D.C., that will protect working photographers like never before. PPA is represented on Capitol Hill as it... Continue Reading >

Breakthrough in copyright reform

August 2016 issue News

Small claims process gains tractionIn June, PPA received news that U.S. lawmakers were finally drafting copyright legislation to design a small claims process for battling infringement—something the association has been pushing on Capitol Hill for a decade.©PPACurrently, the only way to punish an infringer is to take them to federal court. Federal court copyright cases are extremely expensive—$345,000 on average—and an attorney generally isn’t interested in taking such a case... Continue Reading >

Want to stick it to copyright infringers? Here’s how

6.10.2016 News

What? You thought copyright law protects you?Not so much. Copyright law is great for the big creators—the motion pictures companies, rock stars—but it does precious little for high-volume creators like professional photographers, for whom each piece of work has a relatively low monetary value. Here’s why: In order to battle an infringer, you have to take your case to federal court. Federal court is expensive—like $345,000 expensive for the average copyright case cost. In fact, you'd... Continue Reading >

10 tips: Protect your copyright

April 2016 issue Business

Know the factsCopyright infringement can cost your studio thousands of dollars. And fighting infringers is no cinch. Unless you’re expecting to reap at least $30,000 in damages, most attorneys won’t take on the case, since it’s decided in federal court. This is one reason PPA continues its fight for a small claims process that would give photographers and others a way to recoup damages without, literally, making a federal case out of it.The best thing you can do to guard to your work... Continue Reading >

A story to tell

March 2016 issue News

Member Anne Geddes advocates for PPAPhotography icon Anne Geddes is spending 2016 inspiring peers at PPA. Geddes, a PPA member since 1997 and a recipient of PPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, came to PPA’s Atlanta headquarters to speak about passion, dedication, confidence, and how it all relates to telling a successful photographic story. Her PPA “red chair” video debuted online this month and focuses on the importance of photographic copyright.PPA: What is it that makes you... Continue Reading >

Reinventing copyright

January 2016 issue Business

PPA educates lawmakersIn November, PPA led a coalition of visual artist organizations to host a copyright briefing for lawmakers in Washington, D.C. “Visual Artists in America: the Untold Story of Copyright” was presented to the Creative Rights Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to protecting the rights of content creators. More than 100 policymakers and congressional staffers attended.The briefing was conducted by a panel of working visual artists—a portrait photographer, a wedding... Continue Reading >