Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

The House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) by an unbelievable majority of 410-6 (with 16 members not voting), moving forward a bill on which the Congress has had no hearings or debates in this session.


This basically means none of the politicians understand or even care about the disasters this could bring on common netizens on the Internet.




If this gets passed, any commoner like you and me could be targeted by copyright trolls for things like making a tweet or even writing a blog post:


The CASE Act creates a new body in the Copyright Office which will receive copyright complaints, notify the person being sued, and then decide if money is owed and how much. This new Copyright Claims Board will be able to fine people up to $30,000 per proceeding.


What's worse is that if you received one of these notifications through email/post and accidentally happen to ignore it, you are almost certainly in for this fine with a limited ability to appeal:


if you get one of these notices (maybe an email, maybe a letter—the law actually does not specify) and accidentally ignore it, you’re on the hook for the money with a very limited ability to appeal. $30,000 could bankrupt or otherwise ruin the lives of many Americans.

However, everything isn't lost yet. Though the bill has passed in the house, it could be still stopped in the Senate. Write to your Senator today and request them to stop this bill. Considering the apathy and ignorance about internet freedom by the average American, the fear is that most people simply won't do that. Hence, its important that each one of us who understands how big this problem is should take this as a priority, otherwise there is no hope for any of us.

Labels: freedom, internet

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