Attorneys for a group of programmers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision which, if not reversed, could severely limit claims of initial copyright ownership by software programmers, artists, authors, translators, screenwriters, and movie and television studios in their creative work and inject substantial uncertainty regarding the transfer of copyright ownership and exclusive licenses.

“The decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago) in Liu v. Price Waterhouse takes away substantial rights given to creators/authors and sellers of copyrightable works under the 1976 Copyright Act,” said intellectual property attorney Dean A. Monco of Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer. Monco is collaborating with Supreme Court attorney and former Supreme Court clerk, Erik S. Jaffe, in petitioning the Supreme Court to hear the case.

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