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 >

Pumping up the volume

June 2016 issue Business

sports team photography augments portrait studio businessDavid Grupa, M.Photog.Cr., began his photography career back in high school. He had a little business photographing T-ball teams for the local rec league. He made some simple black-and-white prints, handed out 5x7s to the teams, and got about $50 in return. “I thought I was rich,” he laughs.Kirsten and David GrupaYears later, he would join the ranks of the full-time professionals when he opened a portrait business in...Continue Reading >

Redressing copyright wrongs

May 2016 issue Business

Professional Photographers of America continues to fight for copyright reform, this time via a white paper that outlines a plan for a small claims process to redress infringements.Under current copyright law, it’s nearly impossible for the average photographer to go after an infringer since the battle must take place in federal court and damages must exceed $30,000. On average, infringements for professional photographers are valued at about $3,000. Although that’s a meaningful sum to...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 >

Member magazine ranks high

January 2016 issue News

Professional Photographer earns accoladesPPA member magazine Professional Photographer is among the country’s best in terms of both editorial content and graphic presentation. That’s not bragging; it’s the conclusion of professional editors and designers working in the magazine industry. “You would expect exceptional artwork from a magazine named Professional Photographer, but the publication goes beyond captivating photos to tell a story through a combination of words, design, and...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 >

Case study: Finding validation

September 2015 issue Business

Tracy Page discovers career-saving supportWhen Tracy Page, Cr.Photog., CPP, of Douglas, Georgia, first got into photography, she faced a wall of negativity from many of the established photographers she encountered. Members of the old guard doubted her professionalism and her abilities. They were suspicious of her motives and withheld advice. Most discouraging: They told her again and again, “You’re doing it wrong.”SITUATIONWith a background in painting, drawing, and fine art, Page...Continue Reading >