Rumbling around in Congress is the notion that creating a people’s court for small copyright infringement claims would protect the little guy, but not all artists welcome the idea, and some are downright hostile.

Currently, freelance photographers, writers, illustrators and musicians who generally have modest incomes may face the loss of a few hundred or a few thousand dollars in payment based on unauthorized use of their work. But the amounts are too small to merit the expense of suing and few lawyers will take such cases.

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