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New Small Claims Procedure for Copyright Disputes

The CASE Act fulfills the longstanding goal of the U.S. Copyright Office to establish a small claims court. The measure tasked the office with establishing the Copyright Claims Board and adopting governing regulations.

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The Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act was signed into law in December 2020. The CASE Act fulfills the longstanding goal of the U.S. Copyright Office to establish a small claims court. The measure tasked the office with establishing the Copyright Claims Board and adopting governing regulations. Damages are capped at $15,000 per work and $30,000 total per case, with modest attorney fees available in cases of bad faith. Defendants will also be given 60 days to opt out of an action before the tribunal.

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