Monday, December 13, 2021

Copyright Claims Board Set to Open in 2022

A December 3 guest blog post at Copyhype by U.S. Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter provides an update of the Copyright Office's continuing progress in establishing a voluntary venue for resolving copyright claims involving claims for $30,000.00 or less. The new Copyright Claims Board (CCB) will start in the spring of 2022.  

Hiring a copyright attorney and footing the legal expenses of pursuing infringement claims in federal court is beyond the financial and other means of many individuals and smaller businesses that own copyrights. The CCB offers a potential way for those copyright owners and for alleged infringers to have their dispute settled in less time and for less cost. Free State Foundation Randolph May and I recommended the establishment of a voluntary small claims tribunal like the CCB in chapter eight of our most recent book, Modernizing Copyright Law for the Digital Age: Constitutional Foundations for Reform.