Those of you who release designs to the public will be interested in this (quoted from Billboard.com):
Congress Passes CASE Act as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill
The legislation creates a copyright claims board at the U.S. Copyright office to hear small claims cases of infringement.
After 10 years of haggling, Congress officially passed the The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act late Monday evening (Dec. 21) as part of the Omnibus COVID-19 Relief Bill. The bill will streamline copyright disputes by creating a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office that will adjudicate small claims infringement cases.
Cases would be decided by a three-judge panel of experts in a forum where damages would be capped at $15,000 per claim and $30,000 total. Providing an avenue for copyright infringement disputes to be heard outside of expensive federal copyright litigation creates an affordable process for independent creators to enforce their rights without having to hire attorneys or pay hefty court fees.
I do not understand how the US govt functions. Well, actually maybe it isn’t functioning come to think of it.
How does a relief bill contain 5,000 pages, including CASE, streaming/twitch bill, foreign aid, military budgets and all this other nonsense? It’s not that the other things shouldn’t be debated but why in this bill?
As far as I can see this happens all the time in US govt, all sorts of things stuffed into the portmanteau of a focussed bill.
To my mind it’s as corrupt as hell - each and every policitician saying “give me this or I won’t support the real thing we’re trying to do”.
And at the end of the day, you guys are getting peanuts at a personal level while the corporations and billionaires are still getting massive bailouts.
Repeat after me, “trickle down was an invention, there has never been any evidence that it works”
At least in the UK we’ve only got a bunch of incompetents who can’t complete Brexit in 4 years against the will of the majority. Oh, and the worst death rate in Europe. Still worse than the US, though you are catching up fast.
You know voting for politicians has to be the worse way to get a government.
It wasn’t just a relief bill. The COVID relief was attached to the government budget. That’s why there’s so much in there. The bill is meant to lay out government funding until September. Although to be fair, sneaking in pet legislation onto unrelated bills is a standard and annoying practice in this country.
^^^This. But to be fair, that’s not something even the president seems to be aware of. Legislative leaders thought it best to combine them both. Probably because that way they could get enough votes for the Covid stuff because otherwise there are an awful lot of people who didn’t want another relief bill (due to fiscal conservatism - and yes I’m LMAO while writing that).