For over a decade Professional Photographers of America has been working with Congress to establish a Copyright Small Claims process. David Trust, PPA's CEO, testified in front of Congress a little over a decade ago as to why having a small claims process is so important to many photographers. As it currently stands if a photographer's creation is stolen, they can file a claim in Federal Court. However, the average infringement claim is approximately $3,000 or less. Compared to filing a claim in Federal Court and hiring an attorney, which can cost upwards of $10,000. Leaving many photographers without a copyright enforcement remedy. Having a Copyright Small Claims method allows photographers to pursue Copyright Infringement in a more economical and time efficient manner.
Proposed Reforms Led by PPA and Backed by Coalition of Artists Introduced in Congress
ATLANTA, GA (May 1, 2019) – It was a big day for copyright advocacy in Washington D.C. as proposed reform long sought by PPA was addressed in the introduction of H.R.2426 and S.1273, also known as the CASE Act. The legislation—introduced today by Congressmen Jeffries, Collins, Nadler, Johnson, Roby, Chu, Cline, Lieu and Fitzpatrick as well as Senators Kennedy, Tillis, Durbin and Hirono, creates a small-claims process for creators whose work is infringed. The Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) represents a rare bipartisan, bicameral effort on Capitol Hill. Click here to read more.