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Ask your Representative in Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 3945 – A Bill to Create a Small Claims Court

Ask your Representative in Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 3945 - A Bill to Create a Small Claims Court

Join the copyright community in asking your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3945, the CASE ACT, a bill that would create a copyright small claims court for professional creators and small businesses.

For many photographers, illustrators, authors, songwriters and other creators and small businesses that own copyrighted works, enforcing their rights is not feasible. Litigation is expensive and most of these creators simply can’t afford it. In effect, the U.S. copyright system provides creators with rights but no effective remedies. To address this problem, the U.S. Copyright Office released a study recommending the creation of a simplified process for resolving lower value copyright claims.

On October 4, 2017, Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA), as well as Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Ted Lieu (D-CA), introduced H.R. 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2017 to effectuate the Copyright Office’s recommendations. This bipartisan bill would create a voluntary small claims court within the U.S. Copyright Office to provide copyright owners with an alternative to the expensive process of bringing infringement claims in federal court. This new court, called the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) would provide an easy and streamlined process for creators—including the ability to conduct proceedings remotely. Perhaps, most significantly, participation in the court is 100% voluntary and inexpensive.

It is vital that Congress hear from creators about the importance of this issue. Organizations representing individual creators and small businesses have already voiced their support. Now we need your help.

Please contact your Representative to ask them to support H.R. 3945 by adding their name as a cosponsor to the bill. We have provided a sample letter that you can send but feel free to modify it or use your own letter. The important thing is to let your voice be heard on this important issue.

For more information, please see the following:

A copy of the bill can be found here.

A summary of the bill can be found here.

Statements of support and other information about the bill can be found here.

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