NPPA and Other Visual Arts Associations Release Copyright Small Claims White Paper

Seven visual arts associations,including NPPA, release proposal to Congress for copyright small claims legislation

First Amendment Issues In Public Spaces

Prompted by a number of recent incidents at college campuses involving free speech rights and free press rights of journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, along with University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, with generous financial support from Sinclair Broadcast Group, will hold a symposium on First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces on Friday January 22, 2016 in Athens, GA.

NPPA Advocacy Efforts in 2015 Protected Visual Journalists On Wide Range of National, State Issues

By Mickey Osterreicher and Alicia Wagner Calzada, NPPA Advocacy Committee

This was another incredibly busy year for NPPA in the advocacy arena. The association was at the forefront of such issues as First Amendment access rights, use of drones for newsgathering, copyright reform, ag-gag legislation, credentialing and cameras in the courtroom, to name just a few.

NPPA Advocates for Members' Rights on Concert Images, Court Coverage & Use of Drones

Recent days have been particularly active on the advocacy front, with NPPA protecting members’ First Amendment rights across the country, commenting on issues like photographers’ rights to photos taken at concerts, coverage of court proceedings in New York, and on drone registration.

Many artists are requiring photographers and news organizations to sign over their copyright to images taken at concerts in exchange for a credential, according to NPPA’s general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher.

Right To Photograph And Record: Panel Discussion At National Press Club

NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher will moderate the panel discussion at the National Press Club.
NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher will moderate the panel discussion at the National Press Club.
Ever since 9/11 there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet where they may be viewed and shared. Video recordings of police have played an integral role in many recent news stories, but questions still remain about the rights of citizens and journalists to photograph and record in public both on the ground and in the air.

NPPA Seeks Repeal of Atlanta Ordinance

Photography on public streets in Atlanta

NPPA Joins Suit To Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data Censorship Laws

Sunrise on the Grand Tetons along the shores of String Lake, Wyoming. Photograph © 2015 Donald R. Winslow
Sunrise on the Grand Tetons along the shores of String Lake, Wyoming. Photograph © 2015 Donald R. Winslow
A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photographs and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an attempt to undercut protection of public lands and the environment.

SPJ Recognizes Osterreicher, Dalglish For Exceptional Service To Journalism

The Society of Professional Journalists honored the National Press Photographers Association's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher as a Fellow of the Society last night during a banquet at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession.
The Society of Professional Journalists honored the National Press Photographers Association's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher as a Fellow of the Society last night during a banquet at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession.
The Society of Professional Journalists honored the National Press Photographers Association's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher as a Fellow of the Society last night during a banquet at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession. Lucy Dalglish was also honored with an SPJ Fellowship during the ceremony.

NPPA Statement on California Governor Brown’s Veto of Drone Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NPPA Constitutional Rights Panel Set For Texas In September

A panel discussion concerning the constitutional right to photograph and record in public, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association, will take place Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX.