Opposition to the CASE Act has come out in full force with blatant untruths about the CASE Act. We need your help in countering their false claims.
ASMP and visual creator groups have become aware that critics of the CASE Act are flooding social media and Congressional inboxes with less than truthful messages about the CASE Act, i.e., stating that grandmothers and teens will be sued for $15,000 for sharing memes, etc. So, ASMP is amping up advocacy efforts in August to ensure that members of Congress and the public are receiving the truth about the CASE Act.
ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy and ASMP counsel, Mike Klipper, and CASE Act advocates from other visual creator groups are continuing to meet with Congressional staffers during the August recess to keep up efforts to secure support of Representatives and Senators who have not yet committed to becoming a co-sponsor of the CASE Act. We invite you to step up your advocacy efforts in August by contacting your Representative and Senators.
Email/Tweet Your Representatives and Senators
If your Representative or Senators are not already co-sponsors of the CASE Act (see current list of co-sponsors), please contact your Representative and Senators by clicking on the boxes below and let them know how important it is that they support the CASE Act; and to not believe the lies that are being circulated by CASE Act critics who falsely state that creators will go after grandmothers and teens for sharing memes in social media. These statements by CASE Act opponents, EFF, FftF, PK, and re:create, among others, are false, as the CASE Act is designed to address the acts of infringers who have the financial means to license images for promotion of their businesses or products, but choose instead to break the law and steal another’s intellectual property.
You can also send the following tweets or posts to your Representative or Senators. Find Representative/Senator social media account information at contactingcongress.org, and search by name or state.
- The #CASEAct has numerous provisions designed to help protect creators and small businesses. For example, participation would be totally optional. #MySkillsPayBills #ASMPCreator #ReadtheBill https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/busting-the-top-ten-myths-about-the-case-act/
- Under the #CASEAct, a key provision designed to protect creators are the caps on damages ($15,000 per claim and $30,000 per case). The monetary caps discourage claimants from threatening to sue for exorbitant amounts of money as a scare tactic. #MySkillsPayBills #ASMPCreator #ReadtheBill https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/busting-the-top-ten-myths-about-the-case-act-part-iii/
- The #CASEAct has been carefully crafted to reduce the burden of infringement litigation on creators and small businesses — including a key provision that permits cases to be handled electronically or by teleconference, rather than mandating parties to appear in person. #MySkillsPayBills #ASMPCreator https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/the-case-act-you-have-questions-we-have-the-answers/
- Some groups have alleged that the #CASEAct would enable so-called “copyright trolls” to abuse the system and get away with it. But in fact, this legislation will do more to prevent trolling than any measures previously taken. #MySkillsPayBills #ASMPCreator #ReadtheBill https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/shedding-sunlight-on-the-case-act-supposed-troll-problem/
- An important element of the #CASEAct designed to protect creators? The Copyright Claims Board must follow precedent established in federal court where the case would have been brought, and cannot create new precedence. #MySkillsPayBills #ASMPCreator #https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/busting-the-top-ten-myths-case-act/
- #DidYouKnow that, under the #CASEAct, at least two of the three “judges” on the board must have significant experience with copyright, whereas federal judges often have no copyright experience whatsoever? #ASMPCreator #MySkillsPayBills #ReadtheBill https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/the-case-act-you-have-questions-we-have-the-answers/
- Did you know that the CASE Act includes a number of provisions to help to protect and empower creators and small businesses? For instance, cases may be handled electronically or via teleconference so that claimants and defendants don’t have to deal with the expense and logistics of appearing in person. https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/the-case-act-you-have-questions-we-have-the-answers/
- The CASE Act has been deliberately crafted to help reduce the burden of infringement litigation for creators and small businesses as much as possible. This is achieved through a number of key provisions worked into the bill, including measures to thwart trolls and other potential abusers of the tribunal system. https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/shedding-sunlight-on-the-case-act-supposed-troll-problem/
For more information about the CASE Act, go to CASE Act Central.
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