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Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement: The Real Version of the “Poor Man’s Copyright”

Poor Man's copyright Columbus, Ohio

In December of 2020, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act was signed into law. The CASE Act authorized the Copyright Office to create the Copyright Claims Board (“CCB”) —a voluntary, alternative forum to federal courts for resolving copyright disputes, seeking less than $30,000 in damages (so-called “small claims”). While federal court litigation certainly […]

Innocent Infringement: Responding to Copyright Infringement Cease and Desist Letters

Copyright Infringement Cease Desist Letters Columbus, OH

Innocent infringement is a common, though misunderstood, response when your business or nonprofit is accused of copyright infringement. Perhaps you’ve received a cease and desist letter demanding what seems like an exorbitant fee because of a picture posted on your website or music used in a social media campaign. Maybe you’ve even responded to the […]

Copyright Infringement

Copyright Infringement Columbus, OH

Too many small business owners assume that just because something is on the internet, it must be free to use. For example, have you ever: ​In each of these instances, your business is likely to receive a nasty cease and desist letter accusing you of copyright infringement and demanding the immediate payment of money damages.  […]