Golan v. Holder Post-Argument Held at American University Washington College of Law

Speakers Deliberate Relationship Between Copyright and the First Amendment


Contact: Megan Smith, Public Relations Coordinator, (202) 274-4276

WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2011 -- The relationship between Copyright and the First Amendment is back before the United States Supreme Court, with oral arguments to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5th. American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) and The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. are co-sponsoring a post-argument event where lawyers for the Petitioners and the Respondents will summarize their views of the case and the Justices' questions. The case will decide whether or not Congress can re-impose copyright protection to a work after it has entered the public domain.

Golan v. Holder Post-Argument

American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave NW,

Washington DC 20016

Room 603

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Reception - 4:30 p.m.

Discussion - 5:00 p.m.

Speakers include:

  • Anthony Falzone, Stanford Law School Center For Internet and Society, and counsel of record for the Petitioners. Falzone will argue that copyright restoration violated the First Amendment and the Copyright Clause.
  • David Carson, general counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office. Carson will reflect on what took place at the argument.

Responsive comments provided by:

  • Professor Michael Carroll of American University Washington College of Law & PIJIP. Carroll submitted two amicus briefs as counsel for Professor Peter Decherney and Heartland Angels, Inc., respectively.
  • Christopher Mohr, Meyer, Klipper & Mohr P.L.L.C.. Mohr submitted an amici brief as counsel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, et al.

Time will be provided for audience questions.

To register for the program, click here. More information, as well as live and archived webcasts, will be available on PIJIP’s website. Questions about the event can be directed to Meredith Jacob, (202) 274-4253.


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