The Memes You Are Sharing Could End Up Costing You Up To US$30,000
By Thanussha Priyah, 04 Nov 2019
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Soon, the memes you share online could end up costing you a fortune. The US House of Representatives has given the green light to a new bill known as the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE), which enables creators to file for copyright lawsuits for damages up to US$30,000.
Previously, many creators suffered the financial brunt of bringing up copyright litigation in federal court. They would often lose more money from the lawsuits, daunting others from taking their concerns to the court.
With this new small claims channel, it would be more affordable for creators to engage a lawsuit.
For the general public, it could mean that sharing and remixing images, then turning them into memes, might fall under copyright infringement. On the other hand, it’s a win for some designers and artists who have felt indignant about their work being turned into something else.
However, experts have deemed these memes would rarely meet the criteria.
A report by Gizmodo describes that there are many internet users who appropriate original images as memes and share them online without being aware of this new bill. This could lead to them suffering a loss if their memes were to be regarded as a violation of copyright.
However, the CASE Act has only been set forth by the US House of Representatives and still requires the approval from the Senate to pass through to the masses. So fret not, your memes are safe, for now.
Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement CASE Act of 2019 passed the House and heads to the Senate. https://t.co/Dq0lGyft4F— Dennis Crouch (@patentlyo) October 22, 2019
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[via Gizmodo, images via Shutterstock.com]
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