The Uneasy Case for Copyright”: A 40th Anniversary Commemoration

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November 4, 2010


The George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC


In 1970, Stephen G. Breyer, now an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, published the pioneering article “The Uneasy Case for Copyright.” The article both articulated a theoretical framework for assessing copyright law, and conducted a study of the publishing industry to provide empirical grounds for such an assessment. Forty years later, debate over the goals and efficacy of copyright and of other forms of intellectual property has only increased, and Justice Breyer’s article continues to occupy a prominent place in that debate.

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of “The Uneasy Case for Copyright,” the George Washington Law Review and the Intellectual Property Law Program of the George Washington University Law School will hold a symposium on Thursday, November 4th, 2010. Justice Breyer himself will give the keynote address, and distinguished legal academics and economists from the United States and abroad will consider the legacy of the article and the current state of inquiry into the proper place of copyright and intellectual property law. Participants include Michael Abramowicz, Oren Bracha, Robert Brauneis, Josef Drexl, John Duffy, Niva Elkin-Koren, Seth Ericsson, Wendy Gordon, F. Scott Kieff, B. Zorina Khan, Martin Kretschmer, Stan Liebowitz, Pam Samuelson, and Talha Syed. Symposium papers will be published in an issue of the George Washington Law Review.

All academics are invited to attend the symposium, including an associated breakfast and lunch; please RSVP to Prof. Robert Brauneis,

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