Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection For Foreign Works

The U.S. Supreme Court decision released this week in Golan v Holder maintained copyright protection for millions of works created by foreign authors. Before 1989, many foreign authors’ works became public domain for not fulfilling requirements in the U.S. Copyright Act. In 1994, Congress passed the Uruguay Round Agreements Act restoring U.S. copyright protection for works published by foreign authors primarily between 1923 and 1964. The URAA brought the U.S. into compliance with the Berne Convention copyright treaty. The Justices that dissented in the 6 to 2 decision expressed concern that upholding the pertinent section of the URAA denies the right of freedom expression and curtails the incentive to create new works.

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