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non PWP: Support CASE act to protect visual creatives / copyrights


Meryl
 

Dear PWP-

ASMP is sharing this easy way to contact your legislators to support the ’CASE Act- It took 2 minutes to do.‘


Consider doing and sharing with others-

Best,

Meryl

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.   
 
Individual creators who are small business owners are hurt the most by the high cost of federal litigation because the individual value of their works or transactions is often too low to warrant the expense of litigation and most attorneys won’t even consider taking these small cases. As a result, these infringements regularly go unchallenged, leading many creators to feel disenfranchised by the copyright system. In effect, these creators/small business owners have rights but no remedies.

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.