High Court Weighs Copyright Jurisdiction Dispute

Law360, New York (October 7, 2009, 6:03 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, a case in which petitioners are fighting to reinstate a district court’s jurisdiction to approve a copyright infringement settlement between freelance writers and publishers.

Eight justices — minus Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was involved with a related case while a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit — delved into the statutory language of Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act to determine whether, as the Second Circuit held, it...
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