Washington, D.C. – The North American Nature Photography Association (“NANPA”) applauds the House of Representatives for passing the CASE Act, by a vote of 410-6 on October 22, 2019.
NANPA believes that our nation’s current copyright system needs to be reformed and modernized to meet the needs of small creators like nature photographers working in today’s digital world. It has never been easier to copy and infringe on the work of others yet too many infringed creators find themselves without an effective way to protect their work. A federal copyright lawsuit can be expensive and time-consuming, and finding an attorney for smaller claims is sometimes all but impossible.
That is where the CASE Act comes in. It would establish a voluntary, inexpensive, streamlined process for handling copyright infringements, and give our nation’s small creators a much-needed way to protect their life’s work.
In a bipartisan vote, the House overwhelmingly rejected the falsehoods about the CASE Act being perpetrated by certain “open internet” groups. Their wildly inaccurate fearmongering campaigns claim that the CASE Act will kill the internet and unleash a torrent of copyright trolls abusing the system. As the House recognized, it will do no such thing.
NANPA would like to thank all those who have supported the CASE Act, including Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) for their leadership in introducing the CASE Act in the House. We also thank the original co-sponsors of H.R. 2426, Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Martha Roby (R-AL), Judy Chu (D-CA), Ben Cline (R-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
Now, on to the Senate, where we already have 16 co-sponsors, including Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
Unfortunately two Senators are “holding” the bill from vote, Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Let them know you support the CASE Act! To reach Senator Wyden, email Greta Peisch. To reach Senator Paul, email John Maniscalco.