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On-Demand Recording: The CASE Act: A New Way for Artists to Protect Their Copyrights (1.5 CLE)

Length: 1 h

This is an on-demand recording of VLA’s Webinar: The CASE Act: A New Way for Artists to Protect Their Copyrights (1.5 CLE) held on May 12, 2021. When you purchase this presentation, you will receive a presentation slide deck and supplemental course material. Please use the form at the bottom to access this presentation.

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Learn about copyright small claims court: the new way for artists to protect their copyrights! This webinar provides 1.5 CLE to attorneys.

About this program:

Copyright infringement lawsuits must be brought in federal court—expensive, time-consuming process that is not well-suited for the resolution of claims involving hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars. The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (“CASE Act”) creates a voluntary alternative but binding tribunal within the copyright office for copyright claims of $30,000 or less: the Copyright Claims Board, which will be operational by January 2022. This presentation will discuss the specifics of the Copyright Claims Board, and the pros and cons of bringing or defending a copyright claim before it.

Continuing Legal Education: This program offers 1.5 Professional Practice CLE Credit (Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys).


DAVID LEICHTMAN, ESQ., Managing Partner at Leichtman Law PLLC

David Leichtman is the Managing Partner of trial firm Leichtman Law PLLC. The firm was founded in 2017 to provide efficient trial and dispute resolution services to its clients. The lawyers in the firm have extensive experience trying cases in federal and state courts around the country in all areas of commercial and intellectual property litigation, and specifically in the entertainment and media industries as well as others. Mr. Leichtman also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts from 2009-2018, where he remains on the Executive Committee of the board. He has been named a New York SuperLawyer every year since 2010. In 2016, The New York Law Journal selected him as a Lawyer Who Leads by Example for providing crucial pro bono legal services in New York. He is also a fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective Trial Lawyer Honor Society, where he is also a founding member and the vice president of its Intellectual Property Institute. For more information go to

MICHAEL B. SMITH, ESQ., Partner, Lupkin PLLC

Michael B. Smith is a seasoned litigator with a focus on media and technology. He represents individuals and organizations in a broad array of intellectual property and complex commercial disputes before the state and federal courts of New York, Massachusetts, and California as well as various arbitral tribunals. Before joining Lupkin PLLC, a Manhattan litigation boutique, he was the senior attorney for PlayStation’s Latin American business unit and served as General Counsel to Legendary Digital Networks (formerly Nerdist Industries).


If you are a VLA member, email to receive a discount code that will allow you to access and purchase your ticket. 

Full-Time Students and Artists Over Sixty: $5
Arts Professional VLA Members: $10
Arts Professional Non-VLA Members: $15
Legal Professional VLA Members (CLE): $115
Legal Professional Non-VLA Members (CLE): $125
Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members (CLE): $85

Please note that if you wish to receive CLE credit, you must purchase an attorney ticket (Legal Professional Non-Member or Legal Professional Member).

For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. For more information and how to apply, please review our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.

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