CIPP Seminar Series 2011-2012 – “Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law”


Professor Jason Mazzone is the Gerald Baylin Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. He teaches Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional Law, and Legal History. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Stanford University, and a master’s and doctorate from Yale University. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Copyright Society of the USA. Before entering academia, he was a law clerk to two federal judges and he practiced intellectual property law in New York City. He blogs at Balkinization.



From phony copyright notices attached to Shakespeare’s plays to lawsuits designed to prevent people from poking fun at Barbie, from controversies over digital sampling in hip-hop to Major League Baseball’s ubiquitous restriction on sharing any ‘accounts and descriptions of this game,’ overreaching claims of intellectual property rights are everywhere. Jason Mazzone will discuss overreaching, show its economic and creative costs, and explain how to stop it.

Suggested reading and links:
Jason Mazzone, Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law (Stanford University Press, 2011)

Jason Mazzone, The Privatization of Copyright Lawmaking, TorrentFreak, Nov. 12, 2011,

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