CASE act (copyright small claims) passes US House

Dan Robinson

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Great news of a major win for chasers and content creators this week from the US House of Representatives: the CASE Act has passed with overwhelming support and is headed to the Senate!


For more info on this bill, see our previous thread on the issue:

 

Dan Robinson

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As usual, we have some opposition to this from the likes of the Electronic Frontier Foundation brewing now that the bill is apparently on the verge of succeeding. Take note of who is opposing it: it is nearly all supported by big Tech companies, the media and their interests - that is, those who are currently profiting the most from stolen content. They are mostly making the claims that the law will make it easy for big companies to go after individuals for small-time offenses like posting a photo to a personal Facebook feed.

The reality is that the law is set up to prevent this. Anti-trolling measures to hold serial abusers accountable is built into the legislation. Here is a good overview:


Furthermore, these arguments always minimize the potential harm in even an individual sharing a copyrighted photo or video can cause. If that second copy goes viral instead of the creator's original on Youtube for example, the creator could lose thousands in monetized revenue. Instead of using this bill to scare the populace into opposing it, they should be using it to educate people about respecting others' intellectual property.