PACA Is Your Voice!

Protecting intellectual property is crucial to the success of your business and
upholding and strengthening copyright is essential to the future of our industry.

Advocacy Overview

One of PACA's main missions is to "actively advocate copyright protection" on behalf of our members. PACA has been leading this charge since 1951. However, with the growth of the Internet and the accompanying explosion in digitized visual content there is a greater need than ever before to educate and support copyright law.

While more visual media is needed to enhance the user experience, the ease in which media can be downloaded, distributed and used without permission is increasing. This, of course, is having a real impact on the licensing revenue of PACA's members and the artists that they represent. The ability to continue to license imagery to users in an online environment remains vital to the economic survival of our industry.

PACA's Counsel, Executive Director and Legal Committee work diligently to be at the forefront of the legal cases that affect our members and our industry. We have written and co-written dozens of amicus briefs in support of our members and copyright. We have also joined with other associations to support bills and other legislation that we believe best protects copyright. We have participated in conversations with Senators and Congressmen in the last iteration of the Orphan Works Bill and we are currently working with a group of visual associations to help draft language for the next round that we are expecting from Congress.

Notice of Inquiry (NOI)

they asked, we answered

í(NOI) is a term adopted by the departments of the Federal Government primarily for fact gathering, a way to seek comments from the public or industry on a specific issue.
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Amicus Briefs

PACA'S lends legal support

aAn amicus brief comes from amicus curiae or "friend of the court". This is a court document filed by someone who is not directly related to the case under consideration. The most classic example of an amicus brief is a document filed by an advocacy group.
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Rogue Websites

Beware of illegal content

!As a courtesy to PACA members, PACA has been collecting the names of websites in which members have identified as containing member content without authorization and to the member's knowledge appear to be dedicated to distributing infringing content.
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Special Releases List

Avoid Problems

As a service, PACA members have compiled a list of properties and objects that may cause problems if shown photographically. Some of the properties and objects are alleged to be covered by trademark, others by contract (i.e. the terms by which a photographer was granted access to the property).
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