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H.R. 3945 - Small Claims For Creators

Posted By: Jody Whitesides

H.R. 3945 - Small Claims For Creators - 10/06/17 05:36 PM

For those wanting to support more fairness when it comes to copyrights and enforcement, get involved!!

Here's one of the latest:

Yesterday, H.R. 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2017, was introduced. The bill is designed to assist creators like you by proposing the creation of a small claims court within the U.S. Copyright Office. With the cost of bringing a copyright claims in federal court so high, many professional creators and small businesses simply do not have the money, resources or time to enforce their rights. This bill aims to address this problem by creating a small claims court that would provide a more cost effective and efficient way for individual creators to protect their copyrighted works from infringement. Importantly, participation in the small claims process would be completely voluntary and includes a cap on damages allowing an award of no more than $15,000 per work infringed and $30,000 total. A small claims court is one of the Copyright Alliance’s highest priorities and we will work with Congress and the copyright community to get small claims legislation passed.

We’ve posted a blog about the bill and how it supports individual creators: A Small Claims Court is on the Horizon for Creatorsby Terrica Carrington. And here’s a statement from our CEO Keith Kupferschmid in support of H.R. 3945.

Please help us in amplifying this important bill! For your convenience, feel free to retweet one or two of our tweets or here is a sample tweet you may share:
A Small Claims Court is on the Horizon for #Creators http://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/small-claims-on-the-horizon/ by Terrica Carrington @copyright4u #copyright
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: H.R. 3945 - Small Claims For Creators - 10/09/17 07:19 PM

Originally Posted by Jody Whitesides
For those wanting to support more fairness when it comes to copyrights and enforcement, get involved!!

Here's one of the latest:

Yesterday, H.R. 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2017, was introduced. The bill is designed to assist creators like you by proposing the creation of a small claims court within the U.S. Copyright Office. With the cost of bringing a copyright claims in federal court so high, many professional creators and small businesses simply do not have the money, resources or time to enforce their rights. This bill aims to address this problem by creating a small claims court that would provide a more cost effective and efficient way for individual creators to protect their copyrighted works from infringement. Importantly, participation in the small claims process would be completely voluntary and includes a cap on damages allowing an award of no more than $15,000 per work infringed and $30,000 total. A small claims court is one of the Copyright Alliance’s highest priorities and we will work with Congress and the copyright community to get small claims legislation passed.

We’ve posted a blog about the bill and how it supports individual creators: A Small Claims Court is on the Horizon for Creatorsby Terrica Carrington. And here’s a statement from our CEO Keith Kupferschmid in support of H.R. 3945.

Please help us in amplifying this important bill! For your convenience, feel free to retweet one or two of our tweets or here is a sample tweet you may share:
A Small Claims Court is on the Horizon for #Creators http://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/small-claims-on-the-horizon/ by Terrica Carrington @copyright4u #copyright


This sounds more like a tactic being pushed by multinationals to cut THEIR legal costs and cap their losses from potential jury trials which could reward tremendous compensation to creators. I don't know the people behind this, but often when legislation actually has a chance in hell of passing, it is because the people paying the politicians tell them to pass the bill to serve THEIR OWN interests rather than offering any level of true fairness.
Posted By: Jody Whitesides

Re: H.R. 3945 - Small Claims For Creators - 10/11/17 12:01 AM

Doesn't help that copyright suits are expensive propositions.

But then what would I know, I've only tried suing once.
Posted By: Jody Whitesides

Re: H.R. 3945 - Small Claims For Creators - 10/17/17 04:19 PM

Here's an additional document that allows you to read about the entire bill:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3945/text?r=169
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