Supreme Court Rules Against Putting Foreign Works Back in Public Domain

January 18, 2012Article
The Hollywood Reporter

The United States Supreme Court has rejected arguments that millions of copyrighted foreign works should be restored to the public domain. In a majority opinion issued today in Golan v. Holder, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ruled that Congress had the authority to bless an international treaty to "serve the objectives of the copyright clause."

In 1994, the United States led an international treaty in Uruguay that harmonized intellectual property laws around the globe. In the hopes of receiving reciprocal protection on U.S. based works, the country allowed many foreign-based works, which had slipped out of copyright protection, to be once again protected.

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