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Kernochan Center Spring IP Speaker Series: Ownership of Laws

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 @ 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102A
Feb 04
Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 @ 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102A

It is established law that statutes and judicial opinions, at any level of government, are not protected by copyright.  Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, currently before the Supreme Court, addresses whether the principles that prohibit copyright protection for statutes and laws extend to annotations to the law of Georgia, prepared by a private party (LEXIS) and included in the Official Code of Georgia pursuant to an agreement between LEXIS and Georgia.  We will consider whether the policy reasons underlying the exclusion of laws from copyright extend to annotations, and the arguments in favor of recognizing copyright protection for annotations.  With speakers Shyam Balganesh (University of Pennsylvania Law School) and Joshua Johnson (Vinson & Elkins LLP).

Lunch provided, including kosher options.