Copyright Alliance Issues Statement on Small Claims Legislation

December 8, 2016

The Alliance Commends Reps. Chu and Smith for Tireless Commitment to this Essential Bill

Washington, DC – Today, in response to the introduction of the Fairness for American Small Creators Act by Reps. Judy Chu and Lamar Smith, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid released the following statement: “The Copyright Alliance commends Reps. Chu and Smith for introducing legislation today designed to support individual creators and small businesses regarding enforcement of their copyrighted works. Federal litigation is often difficult (or impossible) for many individual creators and small businesses to undertake, resulting in them having rights, but no remedies. So we are very appreciative of the efforts by Reps. Chu and Smith and grateful for their support for creators who lack the resources to use the federal court system to enforce their copyrights. We look forward to working with Reps. Chu and Smith, and many other interested policymakers and stakeholders to enact small claims legislation in the next session of congress.”



The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations in the United States, across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators. For more information, please visit

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