Motion Picture Association Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith

May 18, 2023

WASHINGTON  The Supreme Court issued a ruling today in Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith. The following is a statement from Karyn Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for the Motion Picture Association.

“The Motion Picture Association applauds the Supreme Court’s opinion in Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, which re-affirms the importance of copyright to the motion picture and television industry and other creative endeavors. As the Court said, ‘If the last century of American art, literature, music, and film is any indication, the existing copyright law, of which today’s opinion is a continuation, is a powerful engine of creativity.’ The Court also emphasized that the fair use doctrine, while an important ‘escape valve’ that prevents an overly rigid application of copyright law, must respect creators’ exclusive rights, including the right to prepare derivative works such as a movie adaptation of a book and sequels and spin-offs — the types of uses ubiquitous in our industry.”

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About The Motion Picture Association
The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world. Its member studios are: Netflix Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.

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