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You are invited to submit artwork for a juried digital art show that will take place May 17, 2012, during the five-year anniversary celebration of the Copyright Alliance. PPA is one of the founding members of the Copyright Alliance (our CEO David Trust is a past board member, too).

Called "Connecting Creators: Showcasing the Artists Among Us," the event itself will take place at Microsoft's D.C. office on May 17, 4:30pm - 8:00pm. Submitting your image means you have a chance to win the Best of Show or Honorable Mention awards and be celebrated at the event! In fact, the Best in Show winner gets a chance to tell their story to members of the copyright community on Capitol Hill during a panel discussion from 4:30pm - 5:30pm.

Interested? Don't forget to submit by April 6 at 5:00pm Eastern! Download the complete details and submission form here.

PPA is supporting the introduction of H.R. 1509 - The Home Office Deduction Simplification Act of 2009 by signing a letter sent by a coalition organized by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).  The letter announces the introduction of this vital piece of legislation by Representatives John McHugh (D-NY-23) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and seeks the co-sponsorship and support for the bill.

The bill mirrors H.R. 6214 - The Home Office Deduction Simplification Act of 2008, also introduced by Rep. McHugh during the 110th Congress. PPA supported this legislative initiative in 2008 and is hopeful that the bill will garner enough support to clear the U.S. House of Representatives this Congress. This bill, like H.R. 1470 - Equity for Our Nation's Self Employed Act, currently finds itself in the hands of the House Ways and Means committee.

On March 19, PPA's Chief Executive Officer, David Trust, represented the photography industry on a panel at a Congressional Briefing that included representatives from the music, movie and software industries. The discussion centered on the importance of U.S. Copyright law to the photography industry, the importance of copyright industries to the U.S. economy, and how photographers interact with fellow creators.


The briefing was hosted by the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization composed of individual creators and leading copyright industry organizations.  A founding member of the Copyright Alliance, PPA was delighted to participate in this event which was well attended by staff members from each chamber's Judiciary Committee, and other Congressional committees, subcommittee's and caucuses that govern intellectual property related issues.



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