As the state of the world currently stands, it is rather difficult for photographers to enforce their copyright when an image or images are used without permission. the process can currently involve a long, and expensive legal battle that in many cases is simply not worth the trouble considering the amount the photographer would be able to get if their case was won. But that could soon change, and the PPA is asking for your help to make it happen.
“A game-changing piece of legislation is underway to create a small claims process, which will be huge for photographer’s copyright protection.” PPA states in their press release. The legislation they refer to is in reference to the House Judiciary Committee’s recent work on legislation that would greatly improve the current copyright process for small-business owners — aka Photographers.
If you are lucky enough to have not had to deal with copyright infringement, it’s likely because you are very new or you simply have not see your work being infringed. The creation of a small claims process, as advocated for by the PPA and outlined in the video, would be a huge step forward for photographer and creative’s rights, and their ability to enforce those rights.
You can learn more about the PPA’s advocacy of this effort here, and you can sign up to be a part of the grass roots effort here. We at The Phoblographer stand behind this idea and encourage you to get involved to help make it happen.