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When a visual creator’s work is stolen and they attempt to protect it, visual creators are hurt the most by the high cost of taking the infringer to federal court. The individual value of the visual creator’s works is often too low to justify the cost of going to federal court 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 legal and copyright systems. In effect, these creators have rights but no remedies.
The “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019” (the “CASE Act”) would create a three-“judge” tribunal called the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) within the U.S. Copyright Office to handle small copyright claims. This would help many visual creators secure remedies.
We need your help in letting your Representatives and Senators know this matters to you and other visual creators! Just TWO CLICKS and you become an official supporter of the CASE Act.