The US Congress has recently been discussing the creation of a small claims process for visual arts. At the beginning of March 2016, some IFRRO members (APA, ASMP, GAG, NPPA) together with others proposed in a white paper to include in the discussed legislation the creation of a small claims tribunal within the US Copyright Office. Instead of cost-intensive and burdensome lawsuits of copyright infringement claims at the Federal district courts, a small claims process within the US Copyright Office would provide a far more fair, cost-effective and streamlined opportunity to receive fair compensation for modest copyright infringement claims of visual artists.
The white paper is a collaboration between American Photographic Artists (APA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and can be found here.
More information is available here.