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Freeing Art and History from Copyright's Bondage
Start Date: 3/21/2014Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Date: 3/21/2014End Time: 12:00 PM

Event Description:

Deborah Gerhardt visits Suffolk Law’s IP Program to discuss her research on the copyright publication doctrine to clarify whether art, photographs, films, and historical documents that fill our museums and libraries are in the public domain.  Neither the statutory definition nor leading treatises adequately identify when a work is published. Drawing from my empirical study of which variables matter most to courts, this article shows how precedential patterns point to the best solution.  Adoption of the proposed standard would provide much needed clarity on which pieces of our cultural heritage are in the public domain.

Visitors are welcome with RSVP to Professor Silbey (
jsilbey@suffolk.edu).

Professor Gerhardt teaches at the UNC School of law and writes about copyright, trademark and plagiarism.

Contact Information:
Name: Professor Jessica Silbey
Email: jsilbey@suffolk.edu
Intended Audience:
  • Law Alumni
  • Law Students
  • Law Faculty
  • Sponsor(s):
  • Suffolk University Law School

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