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Golan Restoration: Small Burden, Big Gains

Posted by on Monday, October 3, 2011 in En Banc, Golan v. Holder, Roundtables.

This Essay presents a focused factual look at exactly which works are restored by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (“URAA”) and an overview of the myriad of interests served by the URAA. This examination will illustrate that the class of works affected is small relative to the public domain in general and relative to the significantly greater gains achieved by the URAA. These gains are multifaceted and include (1) improved international trade relations between the United States and its trading partners; (2) improved copyright protection for the works of all U.S. authors; (3) furtherance of the goals of the Progress Clause; (4) greater uniformity between U.S. and foreign copyright law; and (5) fair, equitable, corrective, and just results for deserving authors of foreign countries.