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Court Considers Copyright Protections

Publication Date: 
March 08, 2011
Daily Journal
Robert Iafolla

Stanford's Fair Use Project filed the cert petition for the case of Golan v. Holder, which will be heard before the Supreme Court. Lecturer Anthony T. Falzone is counsel of record for the petitioners in the case and the director of the Fair Use Project. The following article covers the case and discusses the potential effect it may have on copyright protections for the works of foreign authors. Daily Journal's Robert Iafolla reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider a decade-old challenge to a law that moved books, movies and other media out of the public domain and restored their copyright protections.

A coalition of orchestra conductors, performers, film archivists and movie distributors are fighting amendments to the Copyright Act protecting works by foreign authors. They said it was unclear how many works have left the public domain, but added that the nearly 50,000 copyright enforcement notices filed with the government gives a sense of the scope.


The coalition is represented by Anthony T. Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.