Lunch Briefing: H.R. 3945, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2017”
Hosted by ACT | The App Association andthe U.S. Chamber of Commerce
in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Promotion
and Piracy Prevention Caucus
“Hey, I just found an app online that looks a lot like the one I made. Did they really copy my work? If so, how can I stop the piracy? What can I do?”
Unfortunately, this is a common question from small business content creators across all genres of copyright. Large, established companies typically have the resources and experience necessary to answer these questions quickly and more effectively protect their content from unauthorized uses. Small and startup companies, however, often don’t know where to turn when their copyrighted work is stolen.
Piracy is a significant issue for the app industry. Most apps are developed by small businesses and the economic losses from infringement run the range from low- to high-value. Even when infringement causes smaller economic losses, it creates serious problems. Enforcing copyrights in these cases is often not worth it because the costs of going to court alone overshadow the remedies that can be obtained. This leaves small businesses with smaller claims out of luck and up a creek. A separate small claims system that small entities can access without incurring prohibitive costs would recognize the changing landscape of content creation and distribution and offer a meaningful resolution option to 21st century creators.
On Thursday, November 16, the App Association will host a lunch briefing on H.R. 3945, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2017.” H.R. 3945, introduced by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), would create a Copyright Claims Board (“CCB”) to provide a simple, quick, and less expensive forum than the federal court system for copyright owners to enforce their intellectual property.
IP Caucus Co-chairs:
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
Rep. George Holding (R-NC)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Morgan Reed, President, ACT | The App Association
Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance
Andrew Savitz, COO, SpeakEasy; Partner, Canned Spinach
Other panelists TBD
This event is open to the press.
This is a widely attended event. Lunch will be provided.