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Supreme Court’s Breyer Ruling on Mistakes In Copyright Registrations

The Ninth Circuit had ruled in 2020 that §411(b)(1)(A) of the federal Copyright Act excuses inadvertent mistakes of fact on copyright registrations but not mistakes of law. The Supreme Court has now ruled 6-3 that the provision covers both mistakes of facts and law.


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In what will be the last of his many U.S. Supreme Court opinions on intellectual property, retiring Justice Stephen Breyer broadly interpreted a safe harbor provision that Congress inserted in the process for copyright registration in 2008.

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