The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on March 7 in the case of Golan v. Holder, which now will be set for hearing to determine whether Congress has the legal authority to restore copyright protection to works long-held in the public domain. The case arose following the 1994 passage and implementation of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, which purported to restore the copyrights in at least 50,000 foreign works in furtherance of federal trade obligations. Restoration of the copyrights means that included works - such as Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, for example, now only may be performed or recorded under licenses that may be cost-prohibitive for many performers. "The outcome of this case will be very interesting to watch," says Keli Johnson, an attorney with Scott & Scott, LLP. "Restoration of the copyrights in question affected not only the ability to perform the covered works in the future, but also the rights of performers who may have created recordings or derivative works based on those covered works in the past. Many performers' rights and livelihoods will hinge on the Supreme Court's decision." For more information, please contact Ms. Johnson at 800-596-6176 or KJohnson@scottandscottllp.com.