The Misapplication of 'Mastermind': A Mutant Species of Work for Hire and the Mystery of Disappearing Copyrights

7 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2016

Date Written: July 21, 2016

Abstract

Recent decisions in both the Ninth (Garcia v. Google) and Second (Casa Duse 16) Circuit have applied concepts of "mastermind" authorship or "dominant author" to claims of copyright in individual contributions of actors and directors to a motion picture. This article, which is a transcript of a presentation at Columbia Law School, describes the roots of the "mastermind" concept in copyright and argues for its mis-application in this context.

Suggested Citation

Dougherty, F. Jay, The Misapplication of 'Mastermind': A Mutant Species of Work for Hire and the Mystery of Disappearing Copyrights (July 21, 2016). Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 39, No. 3, 2016; Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2812952

F. Jay Dougherty (Contact Author)

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