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Memes are safe for now, as the ‘anti-meme’ bill is blocked from Senate vote

By Didi Rankovic | 27 October 2019

RECLAIM THE NET — It did really well in the [Democrat-led] US House of Representatives when it last week received overwhelming support – but the so-called “anti-meme law” has thankfully hit a snag in the [Republican-led] Senate.

There, according to their aides, Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul have placed holds on the bill, known formally as the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. This means they have prevented the motion from reaching a vote in the Senate, Reclaim The Net can confirm.

The CASE Act aims to create a small claims court within the Copyright Office, and declares to have the goal of providing a system that would help small copyright holders protect themselves by receiving damages more easily. The current system is said to favor big companies, considering that copyright infringement cases go through federal courts and are time and money-consuming. […]

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