Athens, GA. - Photographers can now search claims filed with the electronic Copyright Claims Board (CCB) and in some cases can already access the content of the claim (for example Dermansky v. Yellowhammer Multimedia, LLC). So far, ten cases have been posted from six different claimants. You can also take a look at the opt-out form and see a list of various documents that have been filed.
You can also register for the eCCB system and access the CCB Handbook created by the United States Copyright Office (USCO).
The NPPA, along with other copyright advocates, fought together for over a decade to help establish a “small claims court” within the U.S. Copyright Office. Pursuing copyright claims can be cost-prohibitive and very litigious, creating barriers for victims, but the new CCB allows creators to avoid federal court and seek damages up to $30,000 in a less costly and complicated process. NPPA members helped support this effort and the fight to protect the rights of visual journalists! Please take some time to browse the site and let us know if you come across anything interesting or concerning that we should be aware of.
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