Golan v. Holder Supreme Court Case

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            Dr. Peter Decherney

            Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and English 

             University of Pennsylvania




·      Dr. Decherney, who wrote an amicus brief for the plaintiff, focuses his research on media history, especially government regulation of Hollywood


·      Author of the book "Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American" and the forthcoming book “Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet”


·      Has published on and frequently lectures about fair use and academia.


·      In 2006, successfully petitioned for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for media professors using clips for teaching.



The Supreme Court will decide whether Congress has the power to withdraw the public domain status of so many works of art and, in the process, change the contours of the copyright system that has given rise to Hollywood and every other American cultural industry. Restoring the copyright of works in the public domain is a different issue than the perpetual elongation of copyright terms. By removing works from the public domain, Congress has destabilized it.”


Media contact:  

            Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu