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
Date Written: April 14, 2014
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
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