On December 27, 2020, the CASE Act was signed into law which provides a small claims court system within the U.S. Copyright Office for copyright owners to seek damages of under $30,000 for copyright violations. Federal courts have had exclusive jurisdiction over copyright cases and the CASE Act is designed to create a voluntary and affordable alternative to federal court for small copyright claims for copyright owners to enforce their rights.
Additional provisions are also part of the CASE Act which expand upon copyright owner rights including regarding the Copyright Claims Board (“Board”) at the U.S. Copyright Office and their decision-making ability, remedies that may be issued by the Board, limited appellate review of decisions made by the Board, bars on repeat frivolous cases, and protections for lawful streaming of copyrighted works.
If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the CASE Act, please let us know.