Right now in the United States, if someone commits copyright infringement by stealing one of your photos and using it without your permission, your only legal remedy is to bring a case via Federal court.
That venture, as you can image, is going to be quite costly. Costly enough that very few infringements end up going through a process of legal remedy.
There’s a movement to allow copyright cases to be brought in small claims court. The Professional Photographers of America is working with congressional representatives to get a measure introduced and moved forward, allowing photographers of all forms to have easier legal relief when their work is infringed.
The success of this effort depends on folks who are willing to get involved.
If you care about copyright, head over to this page and leave your email address to get involved – nothing will happen right away, but once legislation is introduced, you’ll be contacted to notify your representatives of your support.
It costs you nothing.
It could benefit you greatly in the future.
You don’t have to be a member of PPA. You don’t even need to be a pro photographer. Anyone who cares about photographers being compensated for their work should register.
Please. And thank you.