DMLA Legal Blog: What is ahead for 2017

by Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel 2017 is off to a rapid start for the DMLA legal committee and team. In December DMLA, along with other visual artist associations, (American Photographic Artists, American Society of Media Photographers, Graphic Artists Guild, National Press Photographers Association, North American Nature Photography Association and Professional Photographers of America) attended the […]

DMLA Legal Update

By Nancy Wolff, DMLA Legal Counsel NEWS FROM WASHINGTON This past week was a busy week for DMLA. We had our annual in-person meeting with a number of visual art associations in Washington, DC last Tuesday. Thursday, the House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee released its first policy proposal to reform the Copyright Office after extensive […]

First Small Claims Bill Introduced in Congress

Washington, D.C., July 14, 2016 – In the wake of its release of a white paper setting out the key components of a copyright small claims bill, a coalition of visual artist groups commends the attention that this critical issue is now garnering on Capitol Hill. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’s (D-NY) introduction, along with original cosponsor […]

Copyright Review By Congress

By Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP The House Judiciary Committee began a comprehensive review of the current Copyright Act beginning in 2013.   It held 20 hearings and heard from 100 witnesses. I testified in July 2014 at the hearing regarding copyright remedy in favor of a copyright small claim court as […]

Maria Pallante’s Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

Maria Pallante is the current Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office. Her testimony today before the House Judiciary Committee was, as expected, full of ideas for modernization of the copyright office which she sees as a top priority. Maria also suggests that various issues including Music Licensing, Small Claims, Felony […]

Copyright Office Releases Report on Copyright Small Claims

By Nancy Wolff, Esq., PACA Counsel On September 30, the Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office published its report on Copyright Small Claims that it delivered to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The report is extensive and reflects the comments of many organizations, the results of public hearings in New York […]