Brief of Amici Curiae Professors of Intellectual Property Law in Support of Google, Inc. and YouTube, LLC

32 Pages Posted: 22 May 2014 Last revised: 27 Nov 2014

Christopher M. Newman

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Christopher Jon Sprigman

New York University School of Law

Jennifer Stisa Granick

Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: April 14, 2014

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

Newman, Christopher M. and Sprigman, Christopher Jon and Granick, Jennifer Stisa, Brief of Amici Curiae Professors of Intellectual Property Law in Support of Google, Inc. and YouTube, LLC (April 14, 2014). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439291 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2439291

Christopher M. Newman (Contact Author)

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Christopher Jon Sprigman

New York University School of Law ( email )

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Jennifer Stisa Granick

Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
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