On Thursday, July 14, Brooklyn Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus leadership and House Judiciary Committee, introduced a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to help artists, photographers, movie directors, musicians, songwriters, authors and other creators protect their work from unauthorized reproduction.
Co-sponsored by Republican Congressmember Tom Marino, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016 would create a Copyright Claims Board (“CCB”) in order to provide a simple, quick and less expensive forum for copyright owners to enforce their intellectual property rights. This will provide an alternative forum for copyright owners to protect their work from infringement.
“The establishment of the CCB is critical for the creative middle class who deserve to benefit from the fruits of their labor,” said Jeffries. “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.”