Hello all – this is for PWP members in the U.S.,
The Case Act is stalled in the Senate and action needs to be taken immediately.
ASMP is leading the charge and has proposed several links for easy action. Below the links I’ve included a write up from ASMP describing the background and what is at stake. If you support this effort, please take action!
YOU CAN HELP BY FOLLOWING THESE LINKS:
1. Contact Senators not currently on the bill as co-sponsors to urge them to get on the bill as cosponsors of S. 1273, the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. We need 29 more.
2. Contact Senator Wyden Directly.
3. Contact Your two Senators (NY, OUR TWO ARE NOT CO-SPONSORING RIGHT NOW)
4. Share with these links and this document.
Background info from ASMP:
Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over copyright. But federal litigation is so expensive that many professional creators simply cannot afford to defend their rights when someone infringes their valuable copyrighted works.
The CASE Act would create a much less formal, streamlined process than now exists in federal court by 1) creating a three “judge” tribunal within the Copyright Office to handle small copyright claims and cap damages, 2) allowing for statutory damages of up to $15,000 per work and no more than $30,000 in total damages, and 3) tribunal hearings would largely be done electronically, removing the need to travel to Washington DC to pursue a case.
This is why ASMP supports the CASE Act.
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