A New Way for IBPA Members to Support the CASE Act
Friday, May 8, 2020
(Manhattan Beach, CA - May 8, 2020) -- As many IBPA members know, the "Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019" (the CASE Act) is a bill that would create a “small claims court” within the U.S. Copyright Office to handle copyright infringement claims from individual creators and small businesses that cannot afford to defend themselves in federal court. (Learn more about the bill here.)
At this time, federal courts have jurisdiction over copyright, and federal litigation is expensive and complex to navigate. Most independent creators and small businesses cannot afford to defend their rights when someone infringes their copyrighted works. You can learn more about this issue here in this piece written by Oregon Creators Lisa Dillon and Bryan Welsh. As a result, these infringements regularly go unchallenged, leading many creators to feel disenfranchised by the copyright system, leaving many creators with rights but no remedies.
On October 22, 2019, the CASE Act was passed by the House by an overwhelming majority. However, the bill still needs to pass through the Senate (and then be signed by the President) before it can be enacted into law. Currently, Senator Wyden (D-OR) has a hold placed on the bill preventing it from going to a full Senate vote. To learn more about the hold, you can read this article in Billboard. We need the support of all creators in the U.S. to email, call (202-224-5244) and tweet Senator Wyden, urging him to release his hold and support the CASE Act. See sample tweets below.
Regardless of which state you reside/work in, here’s a recap of how you can help:
- Call Senator Wyden’s DC Office: 202-224-5244
- Email him: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tweet him: @RonWyden
- Contact your own senators here to urge them to cosponsor the CASE Act!
- These actions only take a couple of minutes, and will mean the word to creators across the U.S.!
We thank you for your support of the creative community.
Senator @RonWyden has been promising to negotiate the #CASEAct in good faith for months — but he and his staff have been non-responsive for the past five weeks. Call the Senator at 202-224-5244 and urge him to lift his hold on the bill!
Senator Ron Wyden publicly claims to support creators, but he and his staff have been working behind the scenes to block the #CASEAct for months. Call Senator Wyden today at 202-224-5244 and tell him to lift his hold on the bill.
Senator @RonWyden may publicly claim to support creators, but he and his staff have been working behind the scenes to thwart creators in their efforts to finally attain due process. Call Senator Wyden today at 202-224-5244 and tell him to lift his hold on the #CASEAct.
It doesn't seem fair that #JustOne person can completely stop a bill in its tracks — yet that's exactly what Senator @RonWyden is doing with the #CASEAct. Stand up for creators and call the senator at 202-224-5244 to urge him to lift his hold!
Creators across the country are struggling to make ends meet due to the #COVID19 pandemic — but one bill could make it easier for them to recoup losses when their works are infringed. Contact your senators and urge them to support the #CASEAct! https://p2a.co/sQvyuTj
Creators across the country are struggling to make ends meet due to #COVID19 — but Senator @RonWyden is using the pandemic as an excuse to avoid lifting his hold on the #CASEAct, which would provide creators with access to justice when their works are infringed.