Senate Judiciary Committee Passes CASE Act, July 18, 2019

Fri 19th Jul, 2019

in Copyright, Official Statement

Press Release July 18, 2019

Copyright Alliance Commends Senate Judiciary Committee on Passage of the CASE Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid issued the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's markup and passage of the CASE Act by a voice vote:

"We commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S. 1273, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act), legislation that will provide U.S. creators with a viable means for defending their copyrighted works through the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office.
 
"Our country's Constitution grants Congress the power to secure the exclusive rights of copyright for creators. Those exclusive rights enable creators to protect their creative works, build businesses, and earn a living. Under the law, when a creator’s work is infringed, the only option they have is to take their copyright infringement case to federal court. But federal court is often far too expensive and complex to navigate for most individual creators and small businesses that own copyrights. What this means is that America’s creators have rights under the law but no practical way to enforce those rights when someone steals from them. The CASE Act will help change that by providing creators with a voluntary, inexpensive, and streamlined alternative to federal court that they can use to protect their creativity and their livelihoods, and in doing so fulfill the purposes of the Constitution.  
 
"We thank the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and especially the bill’s original co-sponsors – Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) – for passing the CASE Act out of Committee today and for making it a legislative priority, one that will benefit hundreds of thousands of U.S. photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, songwriters, and authors, as well as a new generation of creators including bloggers and YouTubers. We look forward to working with the Senate and other stakeholders as the CASE Act moves to the Senate floor and moves forward in the House of Representatives."

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