"A PRIMER ON THE CASE ACT
Everything you need to know about a small copyright claims tribunal
We’ve been making a lot of noise about The CASE Act, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019. But it occurs to us that even though this is our third time at this rodeo (similar legislation was introduced into the previous two sessions of Congress), there may be enough artists out there who aren’t quite sure what the Act does.
In a nutshell, The CASE Act will establish a small copyright claims tribunal, or copyright claims board (CCB). Similar to a small claims court, the tribunal will handle small copyright cases in a process that is inexpensive, easy, and expedited: parties won’t have to hire a lawyer, and won’t have to attend in person. The potential awards are limited to $15,000 for a single infringement, or $30,000 total for a claim with multiple infringements. But the CCB is optional; artists can decide to handle the infringement any way the want (sue the infringer in federal court, use the copyright small claims tribunal, resolve the dispute by negotiating with the infringer, or simply ignore it)...."
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Graphic Designer Dawn’s Story: Why We Need the CASE Act: