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Short Titles as Reported to Senate

CASE Act of 2019
Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019

Short Titles as Introduced

CASE Act of 2019
Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019

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Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to establish an alternative dispute resolution program for copyright small claims, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
09/12/2019Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Graham without amendment. With written report No. 116-105.
05/01/2019Introduced in Senate

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Date All Actions
09/12/2019Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 206.
Action By: Senate
09/12/2019Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Graham without amendment. With written report No. 116-105.
07/18/2019Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
05/01/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: Senate

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Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Judiciary05/01/2019 Referred to
07/18/2019 Markup by
09/12/2019 Reported by S. Rept. 116-105

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Reported to Senate (09/12/2019)

Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 or the CASE Act of 2019

This bill creates the Copyright Claims Board, a body within the U.S. Copyright Office, to decide copyright disputes. Damages awarded by the board are capped at $30,000.

Participation in board proceedings is voluntary with an opt-out procedure for defendants, and parties may choose instead to have a dispute heard in court. If the parties agree to have their dispute heard by the board, they shall forego the right to be heard before a court and the right to a jury trial. Board proceedings shall have no effect on class actions.

The board shall be authorized to hear copyright infringement claims, actions for a declaration of noninfringement, claims that a party knowingly sent false takedown notices, and related counterclaims.

The bill provides for various procedures, including with respect to requests for information from the other party and requests for the board to reconsider a decision.

The board may issue monetary awards based on actual or statutory damages.

The parties shall bear their own attorneys' fees and costs except where there is bad faith misconduct.

A board's final determination precludes relitigating the claims in court or at the board. Parties may challenge a board decision in federal district court only if (1) the decision was a result of fraud, corruption, or other misconduct; (2) the board exceeded its authority or failed to render a final determination; or (3) in a default ruling or failure to prosecute, the default or failure was excusable.