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CASE Act Bills Introduced in Congress to Create Copyright Small Claims

Back in 2017, the CASE Act (“Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017”) was introduced to establish a copyright small claims system for pursuing infringements on a smaller scale in the US. That bill expired without being passed, new and revised CASE Act bills were just introduced in both the House and Senate this week to revive the effort.

The two bills are both named the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019.” The House bill (HR 2426) was introduced yesterday by Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA), and the Senate bill (S. 1273) was introduced today by John Kennedy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

The problem with the current copyright legal system in the US is that the vast majority of infringements against photographers are of relatively lower value (e.g. less than $3,000) while the majority of lawyers dealing with infringements would only take on cases with relatively larger potential payouts (e.g. over $30,000).

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