CASE Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

The Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act of 2019, H.R. 2426) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last night (Oct. 22) with a vote of 410-6.

The CASE Act, which Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced in the House in May 2019, would establish the Copyright Claims Board in the U.S. Copyright Office.

The bill aims to offer an alternative dispute resolution program for small copyright claims, and a solution for independent creators to fulfill their rights, without having to hire an attorney and go through federal court. The Copyright Claims Board, a three-judge panel, would hear and rule on small-claims infringement cases of less than $15,000 per infringed work, and less than $30,000 total per claim.

The bill now heads to Senate for a vote before it can become law.

 

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