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The CASE Act Takes a Big Step Forward Next Week: Here's How You Can Help
"A system where creators have rights without remedies is a broken system. The Recording Academy stands with the U.S. Copyright Office in support of the CASE Act!" – Conversations In Advocacy #60
A bipartisan bill that could go a long way to helping independent music creators fight infringement without breaking the bank is poised to move forward in Congress. The Copyright Alternative Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act, S. 1273) is scheduled for a mark-up next Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the next step toward becoming law that addresses small copyright enforcement for creators who can't afford big budget legal fees associated with Federal court action.
— GRAMMY Advocacy (@GRAMMYAdvocacy) June 26, 2019
"While a copyright owner may want to stop an infringement that has caused a relatively small amount of economic damage, that owner may be dissuaded from filing a lawsuit because the prospect of a modest recovery may not justify the potentially large expense of litigation," the U.S. Copyright Office website states.
The CASE Act would cap damages in the small claims court at $30,000 per case and allow claimants to initiate action without a lawyer and without appearing in court. The Recording Academy strongly supports the CASE Act, which would benefit countless songwriters, performers and studio professionals.
Unfortunately, some anti-copyright groups are mobilizing against the bill. These critics are spreading misinformation about the CASE Act, dismissing the rights of independent, working-class creators.
The good news is you can help! Show your support for the bill that would benefit countless music creators by contacting your Members of Congress and urging them to support all creators by co-sponsoring this much-needed bill.
With your help, the CASE Act has real potential to advance to the president’s desk and become law.