Cross-posted from The Hill[by Keith Kupferschmid, Opinion Contributor]
“Think Small.” That’s the 2018 rallying call for hundreds of thousands of professional creators and small business owners across the U.S. who rely on copyright to earn a living, but who have been neglected by a copyright system that gives them rights but no effective means for enforcing those rights. These creators are now lining up in droves to support a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Tom Marino (R-Pa.) called the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017 (the CASE Act), H.R. 3945, which would address this problem by creating a streamlined process for small copyright claims to be heard by a three-judge board within the U.S. Copyright Office.
The CASE Act is based on legislative recommendations from the U.S. Copyright Office following numerous public hearings and comment periods. And it’s now a legislative priority for a vast number of photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, songwriters, and authors, as well as a new generation of creators including bloggers and YouTubers.