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Session Name: The Big Deal About Copyright Small Claims
MeetingType: Chapter Meeting
Date: 09/21/16
Description: Self-publishing services, blogs, and other digital platforms have given individual creators countless new ways to display and distribute their works across the globe. At the same time, when these creative works are used without permission, online and offline, the individual authors, musicians and visual artists that own these works face major hurdles to enforcing their rights in federal court—where the cost to hire an attorney and bring a claim often exceeds the damages the artist seeks. In 2013, pursuant to a request from Congress, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a report on Copyright Small Claims, and recommended the creation of a voluntary alternative to federal court for copyright owners pursuing claims capped at $30,000. The House Judiciary Committee then examined this issue in its July 2014 hearing, Copyright Remedies. Currently, members of the House Judiciary Committee are working on legislation to make this voluntary small claims tribunal a reality to ensure meaningful protection of all U.S. creators—not just those that can afford federal litigation. Please join the Copyright Society, in coordination with the Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (“IP Caucus”) and the Copyright Alliance, for a brown bag lunch discussion with a diverse panel of speakers including, artists, publishers, professors, and legal experts. The panel will directly address the real impact that a small claims tribunal could have on the livelihoods of individual creators, the need for adequate safeguards to ensure merit in the claims presented to the tribunal, and the role for lawyers and law students in proposed small claims legislation.
Program Details
Speaker(s): Judy Chu, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rick Carnes, Sandra Aistars, Thomas R. Kennedy, Yvonne Bennett
Moderator(s): Nancy E. Wolff