REP. LIEU SPONSORS BIPARTISAN BILL TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) joined Reps. Jeffries (D-NY), Collins (R-NY), Chu (D-CA), and Smith (R-TX) to establish an alternative forum – the Small Claims Board – in the U.S. Copyright Office to resolve infringement claims. The Board would help millions of creators enforce ownership of their intellectual property in situations that are too cost prohibitive to pursue in federal court but have devastating effects on their livelihoods.
“More than 2 million hardworking artists in the United States rely on the U.S. Copyright Office to protect their livelihoods. For too long, our legal system skewed in favor of low-volume, high-value industries. But for many independent artists, whose claims of infringement often total a few thousand dollars, it is far too expensive to sue in federal court – essentially forcing creators to forfeit their rights. The Small Claims Board is an important step toward ensuring that digital photographers, graphic artists, illustrators and others have a way to resolve disputes quickly and affordably. I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this crucial effort.”