Small Claims May Not Save Photographers

Posted on 8/9/2019 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

The CASE Act which will establish a Small Claims system that targets copyright abuse is working its way through Congress. The bill has finally been passed in the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

For more than a decade photographers have been advocating for changes in the copyright law that would make it easier to recover damages when someone makes an unauthorized usage of their copyrighted images. Finally, this bill has a reasonable chance of becoming law before the end of the current Congress in 2020.

However, it may not make it as easy to recover damages when their copyright is infringed as photographer’s hope. To better understand some of the downsides of this bill be sure to read this Forbes Magazine story and be sure to read the links in the story from the Public Knowledge and the Authors Alliance.

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