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Eric Schwartz Affirms Legislative Intent of Berne Convention Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court's Golan Ruling

January 19, 2012

MSK Partner and former acting general counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office, Eric Schwartz, was quoted in the media endorsing the Court's decision giving copyright protection to foreign works not previously copyrighted in the U.S. for various reasons, bringing the U.S. into compliance with the international copyright agreement known as the Berne Convention.  Schwartz, who helped draft the 1994 agreement, stated that "the Supreme Court has specifically recognized that the underlying purpose of copyright protection is not only to incentivize the creation of new works, but also to encourage their distribution."


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