Garcia v. Google Brief of Amici Curiae Professors Shyamkrishna Balganesh, Justin Hughes, Peter Menell, and David Nimmer in Support of Neither Party -- Copyright Protection of Performances, Joint Authorship, and the Limits of Any Implied License

38 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2014

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Shyamkrishna Balganesh

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Justin Hughes

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Peter S. Menell

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

David Nimmer

Irell & Manella LLP

Date Written: December 10, 2014

Abstract

This brief, filed in the Ninth Circuit's en banc consideration of Garcia v. Google, sets forth the foundational principles under which dramatic performances attract copyright protection, clarifies the joint authorship doctrine, and explains why proof of fraud is not an issue in this case.

Note: The brief here is as filed with the exception that a typographical error in footnote 2 on page 22 is corrected.

Keywords: copyright, authorship, performance, license, fraud

Suggested Citation

Balganesh, Shyamkrishna and Hughes, Justin and Menell, Peter S. and Nimmer, David, Garcia v. Google Brief of Amici Curiae Professors Shyamkrishna Balganesh, Justin Hughes, Peter Menell, and David Nimmer in Support of Neither Party -- Copyright Protection of Performances, Joint Authorship, and the Limits of Any Implied License (December 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2536686

Shyamkrishna Balganesh

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Justin Hughes (Contact Author)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )

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Peter S. Menell

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

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David Nimmer

Irell & Manella LLP ( email )

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