Copyright's relationship with the First Amendment is back before the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments held on October 5th, 2011. The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) co-sponsored a post-argument event where you can hear lawyers for the Petitioners and the Respondents summarize their views of the case and the Justices' questions.
Anthony Falzone of the Stanford Law School Center For Internet and Society, counsel of record for the Petitioners, argues that copyright restoration violated the First Amendment and the Copyright Clause. David Carson, General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office, reflects on what took place at the argument. Responsive comments are provided by Christopher Mohr of Meyer, Klipper & Mohr P.L.L.C. (who submitted an amici brief as counsel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, et al.), and WCL Professor Michael Carroll (who submitted two amicus briefs as counsel for Professor Peter Decherney and Heartland Angels).