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US Supreme Court to consider copyright infringement jurisdiction

[JURIST]  The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in one case on Monday. In Reed Elvesier v. Muchnick [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a US code provision on copyright infringement [14 USC § 411(a), text] removes federal court subject matter jurisdiction over settlement agreements between parties in infringement cases. Under § 411(a), only those copyright holders who have registered their works may pursue infringement claims. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had invalidated [opinion, PDF] a lower court's approval of a settlement in a class action lawsuit on the grounds that the law did not allow federal courts to consider such agreements.

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