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Cal Western official to testify about copyright disputes

The U.S. Copyright Office has invited the executive director of California Western School of Law's New Media Rights program to participate in hearings this week in Los Angeles on the proposal to create a small claims system for copyright disputes.

At the hearing, Art Neill will discuss how such a system may affect the Internet users and independent creators assisted by New Media Rights, as well as potential remedies and appeals, constitutional issues and benchmarks for success.

In recent comments, New Media Rights officials argued that any small claims system will need to address current misuses of copyright law, abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown process, and the general discrepancy in how attorney’s fees and costs are awarded to prevailing defendants.

Throughout the proceedings, New Media Rights' goal has been to share the challenges of the internet users and independent creators it assists directly with policymakers.

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