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House Bill Brings the Possibility of a Small Claims Copyright System One Step Closer

October 10th, 2017

Last week there was a post over on Petapixel.com on the new House Bill introduced to deal with the small claims copyright problem we are all aware of.

Michael Zhang says:

Photographers in the United States are now one step closer toward seeing a copyright small claims system for pursuing infringements on a smaller scale. A new bipartisan House Bill has introduced the CASE Act, which stands for the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017.”

Photographer associations have long pushed for the creation of a copyright small claims system in the US. The argument is that the current system is more geared toward low-volume, high-value content creators (e.g. filmmakers, music artists, authors) rather than high-volume, lower-value creators (e.g. photographers).

You can read the whole bill here.

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2 Responses to “House Bill Brings the Possibility of a Small Claims Copyright System One Step Closer”

  • Just did a very cursory reading of the first part of the proposed bill. If I am reading it correctly, a single board consisting of 3 people, supported by 2 attorneys, would review all of such smaller cases. This seems to me to be ridiculously inadequate for the volume of claims I would expect if this bill should become law.

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