Tag: Copyright

Making Sense of Intellectual Property Law

Christopher Buccafusco - Chicago-Kent College of Law

Imagine three designers working separately from one another but each producing the same thing: a ball made from floppy, elastomeric filaments that radiate from a central core region. The first designer, an engineer, creates the ball because she thinks it will be easier for small children to catch. The second… Read More »

Curtailing Copycat Couture: The Merits of the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act and a Licensing Scheme for the Fashion Industry

Aya Eguchi

U.S. intellectual property (“IP”) law, while protecting the logos and brand names of fashion houses as well as the fabric prints used on garments, currently does not provide protection for the actual fashion design itself.  It is usually permissible to copy the precise construction and design of a garment, even… Read More »

Promoting Progress with Fair Use

Joshua Mitchell

Intellectual property (IP) law in the United States is off course and headed onto the shoals of ever-increasing protectionism. Copyright law, in particular, has come uncoupled from its constitutionally defined purpose. A tightly circumscribed right intended to incentivize creativity and the spread of knowledge has instead become an ever-expanding monopoly… Read More »

Valuing Intellectual Property: An Experiment

Christopher Buccafusco & Christopher Jon Sprigman

In recent decades, research in behavioral psychology and experimental economics has undermined some of the fundamental principles of the “rational choice” model of neoclassical economics—in particular, the assumption that decision-makers have stable preferences.  A large volume of data shows that people’s preferences are subject to a variety of cognitive biases… Read More »

Constructing Commons in the Cultural Environment

Michael J. Madison & Katherine J. Strandburg & Brett Frischmann

The Maine lobster fishery is a successful example of a managed natural resource commons.  To ensure an ongoing supply of lobsters in the face of threats to the fishery from unregulated over-fishing, over a period of years Maine lobster fishermen crafted a set of formal and informal rules to determine… Read More »

The Substantive Due Process Turn: Identity-Based Uses of Copyrighted Works

Jennifer E. Rothman - Loyola Law School

The dominant theoretical frame for conceptualizing uses of copyrighted works is the First Amendment’s protection for free speech.  Despite numerous calls for greater First Amendment scrutiny in copyright cases, there has been an almost unrelenting rejection of independent First Amendment review in copyright cases.  Even when free speech values are… Read More »

Intellectual Property for Market Experimentation

Michael Abramowicz & John F. Duffy

Why did it take decades from the time inventors first developed wheeled suitcases before they were put on the market?  Why haven’t the courts concluded that trademarks like “Band-Aid” and “Rollerblade” are now generic?  Why did many analysts doubt the business wisdom of launching Netflix even after customer subscriptions exceeded… Read More »

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