Brief of Amici Curiae Professors of Intellectual Property Law in Support of Google, Inc. and YouTube, LLC's Petition for Rehearing En Banc in Garcia v. Google, Inc.
Christopher M. Newman
George Mason University School of Law
Julie A. Ahrens
Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society
Christopher Jon Sprigman
New York University School of Law; University of Virginia School of Law
April 14, 2014
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-15
Amici are law professors who teach and write about copyright law. Amici are concerned that the Court’s opinion in this case, Garcia v. Google, Inc. (No. 12-57302), misinterprets a foundational element of the copyright law: the baseline requirements for copyrightability. Further, Amici anticipate that this Court’s decision, unless corrected, will create significant practical difficulties for firms and individuals producing the creative works that copyright is intended to incentivize.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: actor, author, censorship, contribution, copyright, copyrightability, Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, fragmentation, holdup, joint work, license, multiple claimants, orphan works, performance, work for hire, work of authorship
JEL Classification: K10, K12working papers series
Date posted: May 22, 2014 ; Last revised: June 11, 2014
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