Copyright & Law

Copyright Small Claims Court: Not Just a Dream

June 28, 2016

By David Trust


An illustration of online search results for Kathy Keatley Garvey’s close-up image of a honeybee mid-sting, which has shown up all over the Internet, despite her effort to stop its commercial use. A proposed copyright tribunal would make it easier for photographers like Garvey to pursue claims against multiple, small-scale infringers.

For decades, copyright infringements worth a few thousand dollars in damages have frustrated photographers, because suing “small” infringers in federal court costs $30,000 or more. Finally, there’s hope for a solution: a Copyright Small Claims Tribunal that would give photographers and other copyright owners access to the legal system at a much lower cost. With a push from the U.S....

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