April 26, 2021 - At the turn of this century (2000) the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched World Intellectual Property (IP) Day to celebrate, promote and protect creative works such as music, art, photography and all creations protected by copyright along with other things such as inventions protected by trademark. The official celebration date for World IP Day every year is today, April 26.
This year the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) is proud to celebrate the enactment of the CASE Act, which created a small claims copyright tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office for claims less than $30,000. We celebrate because NPPA and other visual arts associations have been working to help bring about this type of copyright alternate dispute resolution for well over a decade.
It is also fitting that this year’s theme, as determined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is IP & Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): Taking Your Ideas to Market. As NPPA has recognized, many of our members are individual creators who run small businesses covering news, sports and feature stories for print publications, broadcast and online use. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and a year of social unrest, these are not the kind of jobs that can be performed from home, but rather visual journalists risk their health and safety every day to inform the country and the world with their compelling images.
Please take a moment on this World IP Day to acknowledge the amazing contributions our members have made as well as the advocacy that NPPA provides in support of the First Amendment and copyright law. It is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity while protecting those works, creations and inventions.
About NPPA: Since its founding in 1946, the National Press Photographers Association has been the Voice of Visual Journalists. NPPA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism, its creation, editing and distribution in all news media. NPPA encourages visual journalists to reflect the highest standards of quality and ethics in their professional performance, in their business practices and in their comportment. NPPA vigorously advocates for and protects the constitutional rights of journalists as well as freedom of the press and speech in all its forms, especially as it relates to visual journalism. Its members include still and television photographers, editors, students, and representatives of businesses serving the visual journalism community. NPPA’s sister organization, the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) supports NPPA’s charitable and educational efforts.
For more information contact:
Mickey H. Osterreicher, NPPA General Counsel, [email protected], 716-983-7800