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Small Claims Report

The Small Claims Report has been created to chronicle ASMP’s efforts to lobby Congress to adopt an alternative, straight-forward, cost-effective system in which our members and others can seek relief for the type of copyright infringements that have become all too common today—especially in the online environment.

Mike Klipper, ASMP’s outside counsel, and Tom Kennedy, ASMP’s Executive Director, will be posting articles and related documents, highlighting actions of the U.S. Copyright Office and those being taken on Capitol Hill to progress the establishment of a Small Claims Tribunal, which has been the focus of ASMP and other visual arts organizations.

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To view full chronology of all Copyright Reform Action and Advocacy Alerts, click here.

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

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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…

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House Judiciary Committee Passes the CASE Act Today!

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Great news, CASE Act Supporters! The House Judiciary Committee (HJC) passed the CASE Act (H.R. 2426) out of committee by voice vote today. Watch the video of the House Judiciary Committee markup meeting. Fast forward video to 3:44:43 on the clip to begin the video frame related to the CASE Act. For more information about current CASE Act advocacy campaigns, along with articles and announcement, go to CASE Act Central.

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Submit Your Stories of Infringement Today!

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Submit your story of infringement today. Deadline is Monday, September 9 at 9:00amET. The House Judiciary Committee (HJC) will be gearing up to take action on the CASE Act next week, and Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), an original sponsor of the CASE Act, has requested statements from creators about infringement of their work and loss of income as a result of that infringement to present the expansive impact of infringement on creators to members of…

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ASMP/Creator Groups Attend In-District Meeting with Senator Feinstein’s Deputy Director to Discuss CASE Act

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Former ASMP National Board Chair, Jenna Close, and current ASMP National Board member, Amy Tierney, and members of other creator groups representing authors, songwriters, and photographers (listed above), attended an in-district meeting with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s State Deputy Director, Peter Muller, in Los Angeles on Wednesday to discuss the CASE Act. Participants provided Deputy Director Muller with additional materials about the CASE Act, and presented personal stories of infringement to frame the importance of Congress…

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The Truth About the CASE Act

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[by Keith Kupferschmid and Terrica Carrington of the Copyright Alliance] Editor’s note: Opponents to the CASE Act continue to promote untruths about the CASE Act in the press and on social media platforms in an effort to undermine support for the bill. The Copyright Alliance, and its member organizations which includes ASMP, have chosen to address those untruths with facts about the CASE Act. See the facts below.   Fact: Participation in the small claims…

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CASE Act Co-Sponsor List – House and Senate

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As the number of CASE Act co-sponsors in the House and Senate increases daily, we thought it a great idea to keep a running tally of sponsors as they sign on. Are Your Representative and Senators Co-Sponsors of the CASE Act? If they are not on the list below, we invite you to send your Representative and your Senators an email and/or tweet to urge them to support the CASE Act. House Sponsors Doug Collins…

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Zoë Keating’s An Argument for the CASE Act

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Cross-posted from medium.com [by Zoë Keating] I got an email from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, whose work I admire and mostly support. In the email the EFF asked its supporters to call their representatives and tell them not to support the CASE act. Roughly, the CASE act would lay out a new way for copyright holders to seek payment when their work is infringed by establishing a small-claims-court-like board inside the US Copyright office. Damages…

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The People the CASE Act Critics Don’t Want to Mention

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  Cross-posted from The Illusion of More [by David Newhoff] “We are all authors now.”  This has long been a talking point of anti-copyright organizations.  I have credited it to Gigi Sohn, co-founder and former director of Public Knowledge because she kept tweeting it during House Judiciary Committee hearings on building copyright consensus in May 2013; but I don’t really know who said it first.  I only know that it’s a popular theme that may…

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Fearmongering 101: An Examination of Fight for the Future’s Hackneyed and Dishonest Opposition to the CASE Act

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  Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org [by Keith Kupferschmid] Back in 2015, the Illusions of More blog famously summarized the playbook for those opposing copyright in a blog titled A Guide to Critiquing Copyright in the Digital Age. Over the years, copyright opponents have continued to stick to the playbook, and as we entered the age where fake news is the new normal, they have begun to up the ante with even more preposterous headlines and fraudulent…

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