U.S. Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Handling of Small Copyright Claims

The U.S. Copyright Office is commencing a study at the request of Congress to assess whether and, if so, how the current legal system hinders or prevents copyright owners from pursuing copyright infringement claims that have a relatively small economic value. In connection with the study, the Office has issued a notice seeking public comment on how copyright owners have handled small copyright claims and the obstacles they have encountered, as well as potential alternatives to the current legal system that could better accommodate such claims. See Remedies for Small Copyright Claims, 76 Fed. Reg. 206 (Oct. 27, 2011). Comments are due January 16, 2012.

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