It’s time to get involved in protecting your copyrights if you’re a photographer based in the USA. The H.R. 3945 CASE Act is a piece of legislation that has been winding its way through Congress since October 2017, and it would allow photographers to better protect and defend their copyrights, but it needs your help!
The CASE Act allows photographers to protect their copyrights in small claims court rather than going through the federal court system. Since a majority of infringements are valued at only a few thousand dollars, this will serve professional photographers as well as other creatives to protect their copyright with a small claims process. The only way this bill will move out of committee is through a wholehearted effort from the photography community. So, every creative's voice matters right now to help push this legislation on.
The CASE Act is supported by Professional Photographers of America and has been campaigned at the doorstep of lawmakers by their leadership, but they need a multitude of voices to push the legislation through. If you’ve ever had an infringement of your copyright, then it’s time to get motivated to be heard by your representatives. PPA has a link to easily send a letter to your local representative affirming your value as an artist and standing up to theft of your imagery and intellectual property. Fill out the letter here. Get involved and protect your work and your rights!
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