Statements of Support

Statements

 

Nanpa Applauds the House of Representatives for Passing the Case Act | NANPA

Rep Lieu Applauds Passage Of House Bill Supporting Rights Of Artists And Creators | Rep. Ted Lieu

Judiciary Committee passes CASE Act to protect intellectual property | House Judiciary Committee Republicans

PPA Celebrates Passage of the CASE Act by U.S. House of Representatives | PPA

Authors Guild Playing Key Advocacy Role in Encouraging Congress to Enact New Law | AG

Songwriters Guild of America Cheers Passage of the CASE Act (HR 2426) by the US House of Representatives | SGA

Copyright Alliance Applauds House Passage of the CASE Act | Copyright Alliance

Statement: Alliance Applauds the House for Supporting the CASE Act | News Media Alliance

NPPA celebrates the passage of the CASE Act in the House of Representatives | NPPA

AAP Statement on House Passage of the CASE Act | AAP

Music Biz President Portia Sabin Issues Statement Regarding Passage Of The Case Act By The U.S. House Of Representatives | Music Business Association

The Graphic Artists Guild Applauds the House Passage of The CASE Act | Graphic Artists Guild

Female PPA Board Members’ Letter to Representative Nadler and Collins  | PPA

SAG-AFTRA Letter to Representatives on the CASE Act | SAG-AFTRA

AFL-CIO Letter to Representatives on the CASE Act | AFL-CIO

ACU Leads Coalition Letter in Support of the CASE Act| ACU

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts Letter of Support for the CASE Act | TALA

Legal Professors Letter to Representative Jeffries on the CASE Act

Graphic Artists Guild Thanks the House Judiciary Committee for Passing The CASE Act | GAG

AAP Letter to Representatives Nadler and Collins | AAP

CASE Act Gains Momentum | AG

SAG-AFTRA Letter to Representative Nadler| SAG-AFTRA

Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208 Letter to Representatives Jeffries and Collins | CFM

Alliance for Women Film Composers Letter to Representative Jeffries | AWFC

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes CASE Act | PPA

The Association of American Publishers Letter to Senators Graham and Feinstein | AAP

The Society of Composers & Lyricists Letter to Representatives Nadler and Collins | SCL

Conservatives for Property Rights Letter to Senator Kennedy | CPR

American Federation of Musicians Local 99 Letter to Representative Jeffries | AFM

Nashville Songwriters Association International Letter to Representatives Jeffries and Collins | NSAI

Authors Organizations Statement of Support to Representatives Jeffries and Collins | AG

American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496 Letter to Representative Jeffries | AFM

American Federation of Musicians Local 47 Letter to Representative Jeffries | AFM

American Society of Media Photographers Letter to Representatives Jeffries and Collins | ASMP

Associated Musicians of Great New York, Local 802 AFM Letter to Representative Jeffries | AMGNY Local 802 AFM

Conservatives for Property Rights Letter to Representative Jeffries | CPR

Future of Music Coalition Statement of Support | FMC

Graphic Artists Guild Letter to Representatives Jeffries, Collins, Chu, Cline, Fitzpatrick, Johnson, Lieu, and Roby | GAG

MusicAnswers Letter to Representative Jeffries | MusicAnswers

NPPA Letter of Support of the CASE Act to Representative Jeffries | NPPA

Shaftel & Schmelzer CASE Act (Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act) of 2019 Letter of Support | S&S

VLANY Letter to Representative Jeffries | VLANY

SCL Letter to Representatives Nadler and Collins | SCL

Recording Academy Letter to Senators Graham, Feinstein, and Representatives Nadler and Collins | Recording Academy

Latin Recording Academy Letter to Senators Graham, Feinstein, and Representatives Nadler and Collins | Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

The App Association Supports the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act) | The App Association

PPA Letter to Senators Graham and Feinstein | PPA

PPA Letter to Representatives Nadler and Collins | PPA

DMLA Statement of Support| DMLA

Creative Future Letter to Senators Graham and Feinstein| Creative Future

Creative Future Letter to Representatives Nadler, Scanlon, and Collins| Creative Future

Graphic Artists Guild Letter to Senator Whitehouse| GAG

Graphic Artists Guild Letter to Senators Kennedy, Durbin, Tillis, and Hirono| GAG

Graphic Artists Guild Letter to Representative Armstrong| GAG

Graphic Artists Guild Letter to Representative Nadler| GAG

Graphic Artists Guild Letter to Representative Jayapal| GAG

Graphic Artists Guild Letter to Representative Marchant | GAG

ABA Statement of Support | ABA

IIPSJ Statement of Support| IIPSJ

Copyright Alliance Applauds Introduction of the CASE Act in House and Senate | Copyright Alliance

The National Press Photographers Association applauds the introduction of H.R. 2426/S.1273 the CASE Act Copyright Small Claims Bill | NPPA

Visual Arts Groups Applaud Release of New Small Claims Legislation

AAP Supports Copyright Small Claims Legislation | AAP

ASMP Applauds Introduction of CASE Act in House and Senate | ASMP

SONGWRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA ISSUES STRONG STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR INTRODUCTION OF THE SMALL CLAIMS ENFORCEMENT (CASE) ACT OF 2019, HR 2426 | SGA

Authors Organizations Statement of Support of the CASE Act of 2019| AG

U.S. Chamber Letter Supporting S. 1273 and H.R. 2426, “CASE Act” | US Chamber

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Copyright Protections for Artists| Senator Kennedy

Tillis Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Middle-Class Creators From Copyright Infringement| Senator Tillis

Artists Rights Alliance Applauds the Re-Introduction of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act| Artists Rights Alliance

Shaftel and Schmelzer CASE Act of 2019 Statement of Support | Shaftel and Schmelzer

The Guild Welcomes the Introduction of The CASE Act into the House and Senate | AG

Proposed Reforms Led by PPA and Backed by Coalition of Artists Introduced in Congress| PPA

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CASE Act Supporter Statements

“The coordinated lobbying efforts of the Songwriters Guild of America, the Society of Composers & Lyricists, Music Creators North America, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, the Authors Guild, and all of our colleagues in the US Copyright Alliance paid big dividends TONIGHT with the passage by the US House Judiciary Committee of the CASE Act. If enacted, the legislation (recently passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee) will establish a small claims system for copyright creators that will finally allow them to effectively protect and enforce their rights under the US Constitution and the Copyright Act. SGA and President Rick Carnes have been working on this initiative for well over a decade. The bills will now go to the full House and Senate for their consideration. Stay tuned!” – Songwriters Guild of America

“The CASE Act is a common-sense legislation that helps small publishers and other businesses as well as individual creators by providing an alternative, low-cost venue for protecting their intellectual property. Strong and enforceable copyright protections are a defining characteristic of the American legal system, but the prohibitive costs of federal litigation make enforcing these rights difficult for many small copyright owners. The Alliance has for long supported the CASE Act, and we applaud Representatives Jeffries and Collins for reintroducing it in this Congress. We hope that Congress takes action and passes this important piece of legislation shortly.” – News Media Alliance

The Digital Media Licensing Associations (DMLA) supports the CASE Act that would create an affordable, efficient alternative to expensive and drawn out federal litigation to resolve ordinary copyright disputes. Copyright law and the means to effectively enforce rights under copyright is the bedrock of the media licensing industry. DMLA members represent the works of thousands of photographers, illustrators and visual artists for potential licensing. The ease in which images can be reproduced freely online undermines the licensing economy and the livelihood of the artists of works DMLA members represent. DMLA has been working for the past decade with the Copyright Office, Congress, and a coalition of visual artists associations in support of a creation of a voluntary copyright tribunal that will encourage the resolution of these kinds of infringement claims, where both sides can afford to seek a resolution without expensive legal fees.

Why Legislation to Create a Small Claims Tribunal is Necessary: Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over copyright. But federal litigation is prohibitively expensive and the costs of enforcing copyright claims for failure to license can far exceed any damage award under the Copyright Act.  As a result, these infringements regularly go unchallenged, leading many creators to feel disenfranchised by the copyright system. In effect, these creators have rights but no remedies.

Key Components of the Small Claims Legislation: The CASE Act was largely based on the legislative recommendations made by the U.S. Copyright Office in its 2013 study. The bill would create a three-“judge” tribunal within the Copyright Office to handle small copyright claims and cap damages, allowing for statutory damages of up to $15,000 per work and no more than $30,000 in total damages. One of the most prominent and important features of this legislation is that the process would be 100% optional. If a party does not want to bring or defend a copyright case before the tribunal, it can simply opt out. The CASE Act would create a much less formal, streamlined process than exists in federal court. For example, unlike federal court, attorneys and in-person appearances would not be necessary and discovery would be extremely limited.

The CASE Act is Fair and Balanced. The tribunal created by the CASE Act could hear claims by copyright owners and users, as well as all defenses and counterclaims allowed in federal court. The bill discourages bad faith claims, counterclaims and defenses by imposing fees on “bad actors” and barring repeat offenders from continuing to use the tribunal. It would also ensure fairness by stipulating that the three “judges” be appointed and removable by the Librarian of Congress; and requiring that two of the three have experience representing or presiding over a diversity of copyright interests, including those of both owners and users of copyrighted works. It would also require that the Officers follow judicial precedent when deciding a case. – DMLA