Copyright – Support the Case Act

Courtesy Michael Hanlon

Dear ASMP Members:

This is a big heads up – we will need your collective help very soon and wanted to give you time to prepare.

The Case Act-our once-in-this-lifetime chance to set up a small claims option for copyright infringement is coming up for introduction into the Senate. Our local Senator Ron Wyden recently put a hold on another copyright bill, and we are concerned that unless he hears support from his constituents in large numbers he may do the same with The Case Act. If he does, the bill is DEAD. If the bill dies, so does the opportunity for a fair and level playing field in which independent creators can bring infringement suits before a third party.


We need photographers, videographers, writers, painters – anyone who is affected by copyright – and their families to write a letter or leave a message with Senator Wyden’s office.


This post is to give you time to prepare your letter. We will let you know when you can send it or call the Senator – PLEASE wait until you hear from us. It is of the utmost importance that we get the timing right.

Attached you will find a template to guide you in your letter writing, an example letter from Past-Chair Jenna Close (who testified before Congress on the The Case Act in September), and some talking points should you wish to ask your family and friends to contact your Senator as well.

You can email your letter to Senator Ron Wyden here:

You can leave a message or send mail to him here:

221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510
P: (202) 224-5244

You can email Senator Jeff Merkley here:

You can leave a message or send mail to him here:

313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3753

For more information on the CASE ACT, you can start with Jenna’s easy to digest version here:

You can also find more information on ASMP’s website under Advocacy/Small Claims Report


Thank you,

Dan Hawk
ASMP, Oregon