[Editor Charlie sez: Big thanks to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a great friend of creators!]
Copyright may be one of the few nonpartisan issues left in Congress. As the issue of copyright reform continues to heat up, Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA), along with Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced in the House of Representatives the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, which is intended to give creators a cost-effective way to enforce their rights.
The idea of a copyright small-claims court, which has been discussed in Washington D.C. for several years, would not have a substantial effect on major labels or publishers. But it could make it easier for small companies and independent creators to enforce their rights — especially where merchandise is concerned. And it could be a game-changer for photographers and visual artists.