Judiciary Committee passes CASE Act to protect intellectual property| House Judiciary Committee Republicans
Copyright Alliance Applauds House Passage of the CASE Act | Copyright Alliance
Statement: Alliance Applauds the House for Supporting the CASE Act | News Media Alliance
The Graphic Artists Guild Applauds the House Passage of The CASE Act | Graphic Artists Guild
SAG-AFTRA Letter to Representative Nadler| SAG-AFTRA
Associated Musicians of Great New York, Local 802 AFM Letter to Representative Jeffries | AMGNY Local 802 AFM
MusicAnswers Letter to Representative Jeffries | MusicAnswers
Latin Recording Academy Letter to Senators Graham, Feinstein, and Representatives Nadler and Collins | Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
ABA Statement of Support | ABA
IIPSJ Statement of Support| IIPSJ
Copyright Alliance Applauds Introduction of the CASE Act in House and Senate | Copyright Alliance
Shaftel and Schmelzer CASE Act of 2019 Statement of Support | Shaftel and Schmelzer
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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