ABA Backs Foreign Copyright Restoration In High Court

Law360, New York (August 11, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT) -- The American Bar Association urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to uphold a ruling against a group of musicians, performers and film distributors who had challenged a 1994 legal provision that temporarily restored U.S. copyrights to some foreign works.

The case, brought by petitioners who had been using the works for free, 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’...
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