High Court Divided Over Foreign Copyright Restoration

Law360, New York (October 5, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared divided Wednesday over a 1994 law restoring copyright protection to foreign works previously in the public domain, with some arguing it ensured equal treatment of foreign and U.S. works and others raising concerns about its free speech implications.

The petitioners in the case, Golan v. Holder, include orchestra conductors, film distributors and others who argue the 1994 Uruguay Round Agreements Act unconstitutionally gave copyright protection to foreign works that had never been previously copyrighted in the U.S.

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