Empirical Studies of Copyright Litigation IPSC 2016

The SERCI (Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues) Annual Congress 2016 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, July 8, 2016 .

Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop at Michigan State University, May 2016

Two presentations at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest on May 11, 2016

Comments on Maurice Stucke & Allen Grunes “Big Data and Competition Policy — Data-opoly”, 16th Annual  Loyola Antitrust Colloquium, Loyola University of Chicago, April 15, 2016 (Comments on data-opoly)

Presentation for Columbia Law, The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Spring IP Speaker Series “Copyright Trolls” (Copyright Trolling in 2016), March 8, 2016.

Presentation for the Internet Law Works-in-Progress Conference at New York Law School, Saturday March 5, 2016 (Copyright v. the DMCA (March 2016))

Presentation on Copyright Trolling – University of Iowa School of Law  (Competing Values and Copyright Trolling) February 26, 2015

Comments on “Enforcing against norms: trial and error in copyright law” by Ben Depoorter & Alain Van Hiel (Comments on Depoorter) Copyright Scholarship Roundtable 2015

Copyright v. the DMCA (August 2015) IP Scholars Conference 2015

Empirical Studies of Copyright Litigation. This presentation was part of the conference for the forthcoming Research Handbook – Economics of Intellectual Property Rights –
Volume II Empirical Studies. Northwestern University (August 5, 2015).

Campbell at 21 presentation, Campbell v. Acuff-Rose and the Future of Digital Technologies – Transformative Use and Non-Expressive Use. (April 17, 2015)

Promoting Innovation, as presented for the Iowa Law Review Symposium in 2014.

Orphan Works as Grist for the Data Mill, UC Berkeley, April 2012. This is an mp4 file with audio synced to the powerpoint. It is a large file, so you need to download it via a dropbox link. Runtime is just over 12 minutes.

Copyright Trolling (SECRI Barcelona July 10 2014)

Copyright Trolls, An Empirical Study. March 7, 2014. Internet Law Works In Progress Conference.

Copyright (Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Computing) February 2014. Presented at Loyola University Computer Science class on Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing.

Copyright, Digitization and the digital humanities, University of Iowa November 2013 Copyright and Mass Digitization, Iowa 2013

A presentation about Copyright and Mass-Digitization and the Strategic Importance of Data-mining (Mass Digitization and Big Data, London 2013). Presented at the CREATe/Wellcome Trust Symposium “Archives and Copyright: Developing an Agenda for Reform” 27 September 2013, Wellcome Trust, London.

A presentation about compulsory licensing in copyright law from IPSC 2013.  IPSC 2013 (Matthew Sag)

  • [summary] Recent proposals to address library digitization through variations of compulsory licensing raise some important questions about the justification for compulsory licenses, the institutional design considerations that should go into any compulsory license regime and the relationship between fair use and compulsory licensing. For the most part, compulsory licenses are no substitute for fair use. Although fair use can be explained in terms of ‘market failure’ in the most abstract sense, in practice most fair uses are not simply the result of high cost of transacting, or if they are, these are not the kinds of transaction costs that can be resolved by a one-size-fits-all compulsory license. Compulsory licenses can be socially beneficial in theory, but they can be extremely problematic to administer in practice. A good compulsory license system may be an effective complement to fair use, but the case for crowding out fair use with compulsory licenses is weak.

In March 2013 I gave the Keynote Address at the Australian Digital Alliance Copyright Forum. The address is based on my paper, Predicting Fair Use.  The presentation is available on  YouTube (

A presentation based on my paper, Orphan Works as Grist for the Data Mill. This one is from IPSC at Stanford Law School. Orphan Works as Data (August 10 2012)

A presentation at In Re Books, The Future of Orphan Works (October 27 2012) (as delivered)

A presentation to the University of San Diego Law School Copyright Policy & Information (San Diego 2012) on November 8, 2012

A comment at the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies at Stanford Law School CELS Comment on Standards of Proof in Patent Litigation on November 9, 2012