Brief of Amici Curiae Professors of Intellectual Property Law in Support of Google, Inc. and YouTube, LLC
Christopher M. Newman
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Christopher Jon Sprigman
New York University School of Law
Jennifer Stisa Granick
Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society
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 this case, Garcia v. Google, Inc. (No. 12-57302), has serious implications for a foundational element of the copyright law: the baseline requirements for copyrightability. Further, Amici anticipate that a ruling in favor of the appellant 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: 32
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, K12
Date posted: May 22, 2014 ; Last revised: November 27, 2014
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