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.

Read more from the SCOTUS Blog.

Read more from The New York Times.

Read more from BMI quoting music lawyer Tamera Bennett.


About Tamera Bennett

Tamera Bennett, nicknamed by her clients as the IP quarterback, develops strategies to protect and leverage each client's intellectual property. She works closely with her clients to implement customized brand management programs. Her clients range from rock star to leadership coach and financial guru to custom motorcycle designer. Prepared with an undergraduate degree in Recording Industry Studies and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Tamera represents clients throughout Texas and Tennessee in entertainment, trademark and copyright law related matters View all posts by Tamera Bennett

One response to “Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection For Foreign Works

  • Colin S

    What makes me think that the two dissenting judges would give 100% support for SOPA and ACTA and PPT? What a load of humbug. Lecturing the rest of the world about protecting US copyrights and then arguing against protecting ROW rights in US because of “freedom of expression” concerns. They should get out more. It took the US a century to join the rest of the world in Berne and now it seems set on re-writing international treaties to render Berne irrelevant.

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