By Stephen D. Wilson | December 22, 2020

 On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE Act), as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

The CASE Act provides a voluntary small claims system to adjudicate copyright infringement claims that do not exceed $30,000. The CASE Act is intended to provide a lower-cost alternative to copyright infringement litigation in federal court.

The Act directs the United States Copyright Office (USCO) to establish a new Copyright Claims Board (CCB) within one year of enactment (unless the Register of Copyrights extends the deadline for good cause up to 180 additional days).

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