Along with all the incredible benefits of the Internet there are the inevitable issues. Many we don't talk about, but illegal downloading of TV, movies and music is one that affects a lot of people, from producers right down to store owners.
Now, a small claims court for copyright iInfringement could be on its way. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act last month, and if passed the bill will introduce a Copyright Claims Board for the US government.
Apparently, the problem for copyright owners stems for the costs involved in filing paperwork, usually drifting upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions. This new court would allow copyright owners to file suits with a cap of $30,000 in damage awards.
In a statement about the CASE Act, Rep. Jeffries said
“The establishment of the Copyright Claims Board is critical for the creative middle class who deserve to benefit from the fruits of their labor. Copyright enforcement is essential to ensure that these artists, writers, musicians and other creators are able to commercialize their creative work in order to earn a livelihood. The CASE Act will enable creators to enforce copyright-protected content in a fair, timely and affordable manner. This legislation is a strong step in the right direction.”
Rep. Marino added,
“Creators, solo entrepreneurs, photographers, and artists often struggle to enforce their copyright in a timely and cost-efficient manner. This can subsequently hinder creativity and prevent these professionals from being able to sustain a profitable livelihood. Accordingly, the CASE Act provides a boost to copyright holders and allows a forum for timely resolutions. This is a positive step in the right direction.”