New House Bill Would Create Copyright Small Claims Court

By Matt Bernardini (May 2, 2019, 7:02 PM EDT) -- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., introduced a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for writers, musicians and artists to sue for copyright infringement by establishing a small claims court for copyright law.

The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement, or Case, Act aims to lower the cost of litigation by establishing a Copyright Claims Board within the Copyright Office that would handle copyright disputes up to $30,000.

However, the bill would also allow defendants to opt out of the proceedings within 60 days and solve the dispute in court.

"Copyright enforcement is essential to ensure that these...

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