PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Advocate for Entrepreneurs Praises U.S. House Passage of CASE Act

By at 23 October, 2019, 12:18 pm

NEWS

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C.  SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement on passage of the “Copyright Alternatives in Small Claims Enforcement Act” (CASE Act), H.R. 2426, which passed the U.S. House by a vote of 410-6 on October 22, 2019:

“The U.S. system and laws that protect intellectual property are critical to entrepreneurship and small businesses. Protecting copyrights is essential to the vibrancy and growth of our creative economy, which is overwhelmingly dominated by self-employed individuals and small businesses. The CASE Act promotes rationality and fairness when creators attempt to protect their works by providing an alternative forum – the Copyright Claims Board within the U.S. Copyright Office – to affordably defend their rights.

“Entrepreneurs and small business owners appreciate the leadership of U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) in advancing this important bill through the House. We urge swift Senate passage of this important legislation.”

As noted by a coalition letter* signed by SBE Council: “The economic contributions of the creative economy are significant. Copyright supports 5.7 million jobs and contributes $1.3 trillion to U.S. GDP – numbers that are likely to grow in the digital, knowledge-based economy.”

Access the coalition letter here: https://sbecouncil.org/2019/10/09/coalition-support-letter-copyright-alternative-in-small-claims-enforcement-case-act-h-r-2426/

Contact:

Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO

e-mail: kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org

SBE Council is nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on and advanced a range of private sector and public policy initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for strong startup activity and small business growth. Visit www.sbecouncil.org for additional information. Twitter: @SBECouncil

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