On January 26, 2021, Meaghan Kent was featured in a Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property Q&A on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act and what it means for IP practitioners. The following is an excerpt:
What will the CASE Act establish and when will this happen?
The CASE Act will establish a small-claims tribunal for copyright claims within the next year. It will be called the Copyright Claims Board and will be housed in the U.S. Copyright Office. The board will be made up of three copyright claims officers, who shall serve renewable six-year terms and who shall be recommended by the register of copyrights and appointed by the librarian of Congress. In addition, the register of copyrights shall hire at least two copyright claims attorneys who will serve to assist the officers, assist the public with respect to subpoenas and procedures before the board, and otherwise support the register of copyrights.