March 4, 2019 | RIAA News
RIAA Reaction To SCOTUS Fourth Estate Copyright Decision
WASHINGTON DC – In its recent decision in the case Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. vs WallStreet.com, the United States Supreme Court determined that copyright owners must wait for the U.S. Copyright Office to either issue or refuse registration for a copyright before they are able to enforce their rights in court. Below is a quote from RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Glazier on this decision.
“We are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling requiring the Copyright Office to issue a registration certificate before meaningful action may be brought by creators to enforce their rights in court. This ruling allows administrative backlog to prejudice the timely enforcement of constitutionally based rights and prevents necessary and immediate action against infringement that happens at Internet speed. Given this ruling, the Copyright Office must also work at Internet speed to ensure adequate enforcement protects essential rights.”
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