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Report: The CASE Act Passed Unanimously By Senate Judiciary Committee
Great news for music creators arrived from Washington this morning: The CASE Act was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee! The bill addresses copyright enforcement for small and independent creators who can't afford big budget legal fees associated with Federal court action, a huge win for music's working class.
“With today’s passage of the CASE Act out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, creators are one step closer to defending their work against copyright infringement,” said Daryl Friedman, Chief Industry, Government, & Member Relations Officer for the Recording Academy. “The many independent songwriters, artists and producers in our membership will finally have effective remedies to protect against the frequent and willful infringement perpetuated daily by violators across the country.”
Bolstered by strong bipartisan support, The CASE Act promises to 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. In its absence, many creators have been dissuaded from taking legal action to enforce their copyright because of the high court costs and modest potential recovery.
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Next up for the CASE Act, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to take up the bill at some point in late summer/early fall, making now a critical time to show your support for the bill by contacting your Members of Congress and urging them to support all creators by co-sponsoring the act to push it one step closer to the president’s desk.