None of the big tech sites seem to be covering this, but this is probably as big as the DMCA in terms of its affect on individual internet users, independent creators, and their interactions with large media companies. We were invited to the testimony as one of the organisations that can say:
(A) Do we need a small claims court for copyright?
(B) How should it work?
(C) What can we do so large copyright holders can't abuse the system, independent creators can finally get some "justice" for wholesale misappropriation of their work, and individual internet users won't be held in fear at the idea that, for the first time, uploading a copyright infringing Facebook profile picture might actually land you in court.
New Media Rights provide free legal assistance to consumers targeted by copyright trolls as well as to independent creators seeking to assert their intellectual property rights. They are independently funded by the California Western School of Law in San Diego but rely primarily on donations.
Here in the UK one started Oct 2012 currently called Patent Office County Court small claims track ( to be renamed sometime )
The main kinds of claim which may be brought in the PCC small claims track are concerned with: - copyright, - trade marks (UK and Community registered trade marks), - passing off - unregistered design right (UK and Community unregistered design right),
Costs orders on the small claims track are highly restricted. -