The Comparative Lessons of Itar-Tass Russian News Agency v Russian Kurier

The Cambridge Handbook of Intellectual Property Law and Policy in Central and Eastern Europe, Mira T. Sundara Rajan, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2019, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2018 Last revised: 30 Jun 2018

Peter K. Yu

Texas A&M University School of Law

Date Written: June 22, 2018

Abstract

For a large part of the past century, the cold war between the Soviet Union and the United States and Russia’s continued refusal to join the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the predominant international copyright agreement, have raised complicated questions concerning the protection of Russian authors in the United States. The case that has received considerable attention in intellectual property literature is Itar-Tass Russian News Agency v Russian Kurier, Inc. Filed in the mid-1990s, shortly after Russia’s accession to the Berne Convention, this case covered not only choice-of-law questions in the intellectual property field, but also the interrelationship between domestic law and international treaties. Less frequently explored, however, are the rich comparative lessons that the case has provided on the development of intellectual property law and policy in Central and Eastern Europe.

Taking advantage of the twentieth anniversary of the decision handed down by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the author’s past interest and experience in Russian media law and policy, this commissioned chapter closely examines the various comparative lessons provided by the case. It begins by recapturing the judicial opinions in the first instance and at the appellate level. The chapter then examines the comparative lessons in four specific areas: (1) the choice of applicable law; (2) the role of private international law in resolving cross-border intellectual property disputes; (3) the interplay of intellectual property and freedom of expression; and (4) the impact of the global economy on international intellectual property norm setting.

Suggested Citation

Yu, Peter K., The Comparative Lessons of Itar-Tass Russian News Agency v Russian Kurier (June 22, 2018). The Cambridge Handbook of Intellectual Property Law and Policy in Central and Eastern Europe, Mira T. Sundara Rajan, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2019, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3200860

Peter K. Yu (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

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Fort Worth, TX 76102
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