NANPA is working toward a copyright system that will meet the needs of today’s nature photographer working in the digital age. For example, NANPA is advocating for the following:
- Pass the CASE Act to establish a “small claims” process as an additional remedy for smaller infringements.
- Eliminate the requirement that photographers must identify publication status in their copyright registration.
- If publication status is still required, specify that any mistakes in identifying publication status is a harmless error that will not otherwise invalidate a photographer’s copyright registration. Also allow photographers to submit published and unpublished images in a single registration.
- Keep the cost of registering groups of photographs inexpensive and if necessary, allow for a “deferred examination” option in which the examination can be deferred to a later time to keep Copyright Office costs down and thus allow for a much lower registration fee.
- Build a registration system around the way photographers and artists actually work, such as by allowing for direct registration of images and subsequent tracking of image copyright status from within software such as Adobe Lightroom, Photo Mechanic, etc.
- Protect the stripping of an image’s IPTC metadata by internet and social media entities.
If you would like to read more about what a modernized copyright system might look like, check out the Comment of the Coalition of Visual Artists, which NANPA took a lead role in drafting.