Small claims program for copyright violations? ABA-supported legislation passes US House
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Small claims program for copyright violations? ABA-supported legislation passes US House

Tweet Images from Shutterstock.com. It’s no secret that people make copies of photographs and use them on their own websites or in other materials, says June Besek, the executive director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School. “They effectively know they are never going to get caught, and no one is going to come after them,” says Besek, who is also the chair-elect of the ABA’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. “So these copied works proliferate, even though it wouldn’t cost tons of money for people to get the license to do what they’re doing.” On Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved a measure that would establish a copyright small claims program in the U.S. Copyright Office to address some of these violations. The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act , or the CASE Act , is based on a concept that has long been supported by many in the intellectual property community as well as the ABA. Its goal is to give copyright owners a more efficient and economical way of seeking relief when their works are infringed. ABA President Judy Perry Martinez wrote an article for the Hill expressing support […]

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