Supreme Court To Hear Foreign Copyright Case

Law360, New York (March 7, 2011, 3:37 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether a 1994 legal provision that restored U.S. copyrights to some foreign works violated the First Amendment rights of American musicians, performers and film distributors who used those works for free.

The dispute centers on Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreement Act, which temporarily restored U.S. copyrights to many foreign novels, plays, films and musical compositions that were still protected in the authors’ and composers’ home countries.

Petitioners say the provision represents the first time that the...
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