Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SUMMER 2022, VOLUME 47, EDITION 4

COPYRIGHT COMMONS

Elizabeth S. Lachman
MGA Entertainment

THE COPYRIGHT CLAIMS BOARD EXPERIMENT: VOLUNTARY AND INEXPENSIVE RESOLUTION OF SMALL-ISH COPYRIGHT CLAIMS

As of June 2022, the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) is "open for business" and the first claims have been filed. Described as a panel dedicated to adjudicating copyright "small claims," the CCB offers a user-friendly, budget-friendly forum for copyright owners to enforce their rights—for the most part (more on that below). With fewer than 200 claims filed as of the date of this article, and no claims yet decided on the merits, it is still early days and too soon to tell who the CCB’s primary users will be and how, if at all, this newly launched alternative will change the landscape of copyright litigation.

What Is the CCB?

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