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CCB. There are only three types of claims that may be
brought before the CCB:
a. Copyright infringement claims
b. Claims seeking to clarify that activities do not
infringe copyright; and
c. Misrepresentation claims in notices sent under
the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
5. The CCB is made up of three copyright law experts.
Copyright Claims Officers are experts in copyright law,
making them well qualified to determine copyright
matters involving various types of works and issues that
arise from the above-mentioned types of claims.
depends on the party filing the claim. If an individual
or corporation is bringing the claim, then they can only
bring up to 30 claims in a 12-month period. For a solo
practitioner, the 12-month limit is 40 claims; for a law
firm, the limit is 80 claims.
9. The effect of a CCB finding is different from a
There has always been an avenue of
recourse. However, it is now much
more accessible to everyone, even
new and small companies.
6. Monetary damages are capped at $30,000. A party
cannot bring a claim before the CCB seeking more than
$30,000 in total damages. If a party is successful in
their claim, they may choose to recover either statutory
damages, which is determined by the law, or actual
damages, which is calculated based on factual evidence.
Most of these amounts for a successful party would be
less than what they would be able to receive if they
were to try the case in federal court. By comparison,
statutory damages can be up to $150,000 for each work
infringed if the infringement was committed knowingly
and deliberately.
7. CCB procedures include safeguards against abusive
practices. If a party brings a claim in bad faith, they
may be ordered to pay the other parties reasonable costs
and attorney's fees up to $5,000. It is within the CCB's
discretion to award higher amounts if the party acting in
bad faith shows a pattern of bad faith conduct. The CCB
may ban that same party from filing new claims and/or
dismiss any pending claims.
8. Parties cannot file an unlimited number of claims.
The number of claims that may be brought each year
court ruling. CCB determinations are posted online and
public. However, these findings do not set precedent.
In other words, the reasoning used for each case is
specific to each situation and is not binding on another
case that may come before the CCB. Furthermore, the
CCB findings have no impact on other federal court
proceedings. After a CCB determination, a party is
barred from filing the same claim in federal court.
10. There are limits on appeals of CCB determinations.
There are three options a dissatisfied party has when
dealing with an unfavorable determination from
the CCB:
a. The CCB's reconsideration of, or a modification
to, the determination, but only for a clear error
of law or fact material to the outcome, or a
technical mistake
b. A request the Register of Copyrights to decide
whether the CCB abused its discretion in
denying reconsideration
c. In limited circumstances, a review of the
determination in federal court.
These are the main features of the CCB. This board is
very new, so attorneys and claimants are still learning
how this recently developed system within the larger
system will operate. There are actions that may be
taken before one even must resort to the CCB. Speaking
with an attorney who practices in this area so that
they may advise you of the benefits and the burdens of
each of your options is the wisest, most prudent action
to take.
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