The News Media Alliance commends the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 2426, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019” (CASE Act), by an overwhelming vote of 410-6. The CASE Act would create a small claims court within the U.S. Copyright Office that would help small publishers and other creators by providing an alternative, low-cost venue for protecting their intellectual property.
Alliance President & CEO David Chavern said, “Small publishers and creators make invaluable contributions to society, and we applaud the House of Representatives for recognizing the need to make protecting their works easier and more efficient.”
Currently, the prohibitive costs of federal litigation make it difficult for many small publishers and creators to enforce their copyrights, a problem this common-sense legislation seeks to fix.
Chavern continued, “This is an important win for the creative community, and we hope the Senate follows the House’s lead in passing this important piece of legislation.”
David Chavern serves as President & CEO of the News Media Alliance. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce.