The Copyright Claims Board (CCB) launched on June 16, 2022. Check back often as we’ll be adding new resources on a regular basis.
Following years of Congressional deliberation, U.S. Copyright Office research, stakeholder input, and advocacy by individual creators and small businesses, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act” (the CASE Act) was passed by Congress on December 21, 2020, in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and then signed into law by the President on December 27, 2020.
The CASE Act calls for the creation of a “small claims court” within the U.S. Copyright Office—called the Copyright Claims Board or CCB—to handle certain copyright disputes in a fair, efficient, and affordable manner so that creators don’t have to go to federal court. Historically, federal courts have had exclusive jurisdiction over copyright, but it’s expensive and complex to navigate a case through the federal court system. Thus, most professional creators and small businesses cannot afford to enforce their rights when someone infringes their works. The Copyright Claims Board, which launched on June 16, 2022, will provide a voluntary and affordable alternative to federal court.
In sum, the Copyright Claims Board “is a three member tribunal with extensive expertise in copyright matters that provides a streamlined alternative to federal court to resolve copyright disputes involving claims up to $30,000.”
The following are valuable resources and tools for creators to use in order to learn more about the CCB and how to navigate a CCB proceeding. Stay tuned and check back often for new materials and programs by the Copyright Alliance, the U.S. Copyright Office, and other organizations to further assist creators on their CCB journeys.
- CCB Guide: This is a step-by-step guide to help Copyright Alliance creator members better understand and navigate the CCB process. If you are not a member, you can become one today (for free!) to access this guide and many other resources in our members-only website.
- CCB Webinar Video: The Copyright Alliance, in conjunction with the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), hosted the Learn About the Copyright Claims Board webinar, featuring panelists which included David Carson, a Copyright Claims Board Officer, and Whitney Levandusky, a Copyright Claims Attorney. Be sure to watch the video of the panel for expert answers to your CCB questions! A special thanks to ASMP for providing the panel video.
- Copyright Academy Webinars: The Copyright Alliance will soon launch a series of Copyright Academy webinar videos for creator members about the CCB. In these videos, Copyright Alliance staff will dig deeper into CCB topics, procedures, and processes to help creators understand the ins and outs of the Copyright Claims Board.
U.S. Copyright Office
- ccb.gov: This is the U.S. Copyright Office’s official website for all matters related to the CCB. Here CCB participants can access the electronic filing and case management system for CCB claims (called the eCCB) and the Copyright Claims Board Handbook.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Designated Service Agent Directory: Claimant(s) can search this directory to see if the respondent(s) have a designated agent to receive service of process.
- Libraries and Archives page – To stay apprised of implementation updates, click here to receive our CCB Alert, which is initiated as important news occurs. You can also subscribe to Newsnet updates from the U.S. Copyright Office here.
Copyright Claims Board FAQs
We will continue to add CCB FAQs to this webpage. So be sure to check back for more information. And if you have a specific question that’s not already noted below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Copyright Claims Board Basics
- Bringing a Claim Before the Copyright Claims Board
- Defending Against a Claim Before the Copyright Claims Board
- Opting Out of a Proceeding Before the Copyright Claims Board
- Copyright Claims Board Processes and Procedures
- Decisions by the Copyright Claims Board