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TIME TO CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE REGARDING THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT BILL

Ask Your Congressional Representative to Vote in Favor of H.R. 3945 – A Bill to Create a Small Claims Court!

Dear Creators and Friends of the Creative Community,

The time is now to support creators and the creator community! In early to mid-April, the House Judiciary Committee will likely consider and vote on H.R. 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE ACT) of 2017, a bill that will create a copyright small claims court for professional creators and small businesses. Your representative in Congress needs to know that you support the bill. If you haven’t contacted your representative, now is the time to do so. And if you have contacted them, now is the time to remind them that the creative community needs their support.

For many photographers, illustrators, authors, songwriters, and other creators and small businesses that own copyrighted works, enforcing their rights is simply not feasible. Litigation is expensive and most of these creators can’t afford to enforce their rights in federal court. In effect, the U.S. copyright system provides creators with rights but no effective remedies. To address this problem, the U.S. Copyright Office released a study recommending the creation of a simplified process for resolving lower value copyright claims.

On October 4, 2017, Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA), as well as Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Ted Lieu (D-CA), introduced H.R. 3945 to effectuate the Copyright Office’s recommendations. This bipartisan bill would create a voluntary small claims court within the U.S. Copyright Office to provide copyright owners with an alternative to the expensive process of bringing infringement claims in federal court. This new court, called the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) would provide an easy and streamlined process for creators – including the ability to conduct proceedings remotely. Most significantly, participation in the court is 100% voluntary and inexpensive.

Organizations representing individual creators and small businesses have already voiced their support. Now it’s vital that legislators hear directly from creators about the importance of this issue.

Please contact your representative to ask them to support H.R. 3945. We’ve provided a sample letter here that you can send, or feel free to modify it (or use your own letter).
You can also call your representative using the list of phone numbers here.
And you can tag or direct message him/her on Twitter. Please click here, and then click on the twitter icon for your representative.

The important thing is to let your voice be heard on this important issue!

For more information, please see the following:
A copy of the bill can be found here.
A summary of the bill can be found here.
Statements of support and other information about the bill can be found here.

Please join the Copyright Alliance, DMLA and all creative community to support this important bill. Information courtesy of the Copyright Alliance.

DMLA signs on to 2nd letter regarding NAFTA

DMLA signed on to a second letter to Ambassador Lighthizer, co-ordinated by the Copyright Alliance, in regards to the “modernization” of NAFTA.  We are thrilled that 34 other organizations opted in to bring attention to the policies by some internet platforms that promote theft of American creativity and innovation.

Read the letter here

Copyright Alliance Welcomes DMLA

DMLA is pleased to become the latest member of the Copyright Alliance and to work with their team and with fellow members to continue promoting and protecting the interests of the media licensing community.  You can read the press release sent out by the Alliance here.

Copyright Alliance Welcomes Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) as its Newest Member

 

Washington, D.C. – The Copyright Alliance, which represents the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines, announced the addition of Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) as its newest member.

Headquartered in Chandler, AZ, DMLA was established in 1951 by a core group of New York stock photo agencies concerned about the protection of original transparencies. Today DMLA hosts an annual conference, quarterly webinars and industry networking, actively develops business standards, promotes ethical business practices, and advocates for copyright protections on behalf of its members, which encompass more than 100 digital content licensing companies.

According to DMLA Executive Director Cathy Aron, “We’re pleased to join the Copyright Alliance, and look forward to working with their team and with fellow members to continue promoting and protecting the interests of the media licensing community through copyright advocacy, education and communication.”

Added DMLA Counsel Nancy Wolff, “We’re happy to be working with the Copyright Alliance to ensure that our community of visual media licensing professionals have the greatest copyright protections and enforcements for their businesses.”

According to Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “We are thrilled to welcome DMLA to our membership. Their team works diligently to advocate on behalf of visual media professionals. And we look forward to assisting them in actively protecting the rights of their stakeholders on critical copyright matters.”

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ABOUT THE COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing the copyright interests of over 1.7 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations in the United States, across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators. For more information, please visit www.copyrightalliance.org.

DMLA signs on to Copyright Alliance letter to Ambassador Lighthizer

Negotiations for modernizing NAFTA begin today,  August 16. The Copyright Alliance felt that it was vital that the USTR hears from individual creators and small and medium businesses about the importance of high-standard copyright provisions in the agreement, particularly in light of aggressive lobbying efforts by internet platforms and user groups to water down such provisions. To that end, DMLA participated in a letter to Ambassador Lighthizer on behalf of organizations representing small businesses and individuals highlighting the need for NAFTA to include meaningful copyright protections, effective enforcement, appropriate limitations and exceptions, and safe harbor provisions that incentivize platforms to minimize infringement.

You can read the letter here.

FROM THE COPYRIGHT OFFICE

Movies: A Global Passion

The U.S. Copyright Office will present a Copyright Matters program in connection with World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 23, at 1:45 p.m. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is “Movies: A Global Passion.”

The program will feature remarks from Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and presentations about the many creative components of film and other audiovisual works from members of the Copyright Alliance. The Copyright Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest and educational organization representing artists, creators, and innovators across the spectrum of copyright.

World Intellectual Property Day, internationally observed on April 26, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property.

The program will be held in historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and is free and open to the public.

Calendar

April 23, 2014: World Intellectual Property Day celebration at Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

May 1, 2014: Effective date of new Copyright Office fee schedule

May 5, 2014: Public roundtable on “making available” study


May 16, 2014: Due date for comments on current state of the music licensing marketplace

May 21, 2014: New due date for comments on orphan works and mass digitization and responses to public roundtables

“Why Art Matters”


From the Copyright Alliance

Today we are launching a grassroots campaign “why art matters” urging people around the country to send us a 5-10 second video “selfie” giving one reason why art matters to them and why Congress should keep creative people in mind as they review the copyright laws.

The call to action describing the campaign can be viewed here and videos can be uploaded here. You can share your thoughts about why art matters on the twitter hashtag #artmatters

Please help us spread the word about this campaign. We will edit the best videos we get into a grassroots message to Congress.