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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

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

Summary

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 (Berne Convention), the predominant international copyright agreement, have raised complicated questions concerning the protection of Russian authors in the United States.1 The case that has received considerable attention in intellectual property literature is Itar-Tass Russian News Agency v. Russian Kurier, Inc (Itar-Tass).2 Filed in the mid-1990s, shortly after Russia’s accession to the Berne Convention but before its admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO), 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.