IP Lecture Series: Professor K.J. Greene

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Location: Webinar

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Join us for our 2020-2021 IP Lecture Series focused on issues relating to race in intellectual property and technology law.

Professor K.J. Greene's body of work explores the links between copyright law, heritage, and modern culture in such articles as Intellectual Property at the Intersection of Race and Gender: Lady Sings the Blues; “Copynorms,” Black Cultural Production, and the Debate Over African-American Reparations; and Cultural Production and Intellectual Property Law in the Black Community. Professor Greene's lecture will explore copyright law as a liminal notion that is informed by race and bias as part of cultural and legal norms. 

African-American music artists are the foundation for the American music industry, having created entire genres of music, from ragtime and blues to funk music and hip-hop. However, there has been a wide gulf between the creative contributions and innovations of black artists, and their entitlement to ownership and compensation under copyright law. In this talk, Copyright Formalities, Copyright Terminations and the Looming Threat to the Old-School Hip-Hop Music Catalog, Professor Greene will explore the critical role of copyright formalities, such as registration, publication, and copyright terminations in facilitating wealth transfers from artists and creators to non-creators like record labels and music publishing companies, with proposals for copyright reform that target the least advantaged in society.  

Professor Greene is a Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he teaches contracts and entertainment law as well as intellectual property. His scholarship has garnered national and international recognition in the area of IP law, particularly his pioneering work on African-American music and inequality in copyright law. Prior to becoming a professor, Greene practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he represented high profile companies such as Time Warner and HBO.

If you are interested in attending via Zoom please email Dr. Felicia Caponigri, Program Director of the Program on IP & Technology Law, at fcaponig@nd.edu.