ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

PRESS RELEASE: ASMP Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Passing the CASE Act (HR 2426)

By September 11, 2019 September 12th, 2019 Advocacy, Small Claims Report

ASMP applauds the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) for passing by voice vote H.R. 2426, the Copyright Alternative in Small-claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act), a bill that would create a small claims tribunal in the United States Copyright Office to hear copyright infringement cases. If enacted into law, for the first time photographers, graphic artists, illustrators, authors, songwriters and other individual creators and small businesses would have an affordable and accessible venue to protect their creative efforts from infringement. Currently, due primarily to the prohibitive costs of initiating and maintaining a copyright suit in federal court—the only venue authorized to hear copyright cases today. H.R. 2426 now heads to the full Senate which is expected to take up the bill later this year.

ASMP thanks the members of the HJC for last night’s vote. We are especially grateful for the support and leadership demonstrated by the bill’s original co-sponsors, Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and  Doug Colllins (R-GA). We also express our appreciation for the other members of the HJC, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), in addition to members of the full House who are co-sponsors of H.R. 2426. See complete list of H.R. 2426 co-sponsors.

“ASMP is very heartened by the voice vote last night by the House Judiciary Committee approving H.R. 2426, the CASE Act of 2019.  This is an important step forward in the bill’s progress”, stated ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy. “Mike Klipper, ASMP Copyright Counsel, and I will be meeting in the coming days with leaders of both parties to learn about timing of future votes by the full House and Senate.  In the meantime, we ask that ASMP members, their family, friends, and clients continue to signal the importance of this legislation to their Senators and Representative.”

For more information about current CASE Act advocacy campaigns and announcements, go to CASE Act Central.

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