October 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, or CASE Act, this week. This bill creates the Copyright Claims Board, a body within the U.S. Copyright Office to decide small claims copyright disputes.

“I’m grateful the House has passed the CASE Act, which I championed in my role on the Judiciary Committee. Many of my constituents are in the visual and creative arts fields and this bill lowers the financial hurdles for filing copyright claims. This is a gamechanger because it allows more creators of all backgrounds to take ownership of their work and livelihoods.”

About the CASE Act:

The Small Claims Board created by the CASE Act allows creators to seek damages for infringement of works with damages capped at $30,000. Participation in board proceedings is voluntary, and parties may choose instead to have a claim or defense heard in court. The board will be authorized to hear copyright infringement claims, actions for a declaration of noninfringement, claims that a party knowingly sent false takedown notices, and related counterclaims.

The board may issue monetary awards based on actual or statutory damages. The parties shall bear their own attorneys' fees and costs except where there is bad faith misconduct, and such awards shall be limited to $5,000. A board's final determination precludes relitigating the claims in court or at the board, but parties may apply to a federal district court for review of the decision.