An article on the Washington Post website about the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Copyright Term Extension Act, or CTA, highlights how copyright owners and music labels see it.
The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, struck down a provision in the CTA that would have made it easier for artists and labels to renew their copyright.
The ruling comes at a time when the Supreme Warrants for Copyright Protection are under attack.
In May, Congress passed the “SOPA” bill, which would have required the courts to block websites from operating without a court order.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the PROTECT IP Act, which is the House version of the CCTA, in April.
It includes provisions that would expand the Copyright term extension statute and increase enforcement, as well as allow the Copyright Office to issue a new copyright term extension notice each year.
The bill also requires the Copyright Board to consider new copyright terms for the duration of existing copyright terms and for “any other work of authorship” that expires before January 31, 2021.
The Copyright Office says it is reviewing the court’s decision and could take legal action.
But there is little chance that this issue will be resolved before Congress returns to session in January.
“The Copyright Board is currently considering the Supreme [Court] decision,” the Copyright Bureau said in a statement.
“The Copyright Bureau expects that it will not take any action that would jeopardize the continued operation of the Copyright Act, including issuing new Copyright Term Extensions.”