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Freedom of Speech and Intellectual Property: Some Thoughts After Eldred, 44 Liquormart, Saderup, and Bartnicki

62 Pages Posted: 31 May 2003  

Eugene Volokh

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Abstract

This article makes several different observations about the Free Speech Clause and intellectual property law, in light of some recent doctrinal developments:

(1) the Court's decision about copyright in Eldred v. Ashcroft;

(2) the Court's evolving commercial speech jurisprudence in cases such as 44 Liquormart v. Rhode Island, which is relevant to trademark dilution law;

(3) the California Supreme Court's right of publicity decision in Comedy III Productions v. Saderup; and

(4) the Court's decision in Bartnicki v. Vopper, which indirectly bears on trade secret law.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark, Trade Secret, Right of Publicity, Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Free Speech

JEL Classification: O34

Suggested Citation

Volokh, Eugene, Freedom of Speech and Intellectual Property: Some Thoughts After Eldred, 44 Liquormart, Saderup, and Bartnicki. Houston Law Review, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=412062 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.412062

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