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Publications in Chronological Order


Oral Argument in the Time of COVID: The Chief Plays Calvinball, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, (forthcoming 2021) (with Tonja Jacobi, Timothy R. Johnson, and Eve Ringsmuth)

Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining (Pressbooks 2021)

  • This book explores the legal literacies covered during the virtual Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining Institute, including copyright (both U.S. and international law), technological protection measures, privacy, and ethical considerations. It describes in detail how we developed and delivered the 4-day institute, and also provides ideas for hosting shorter literacy teaching sessions. Finally, we offer reflections and take-aways on the Institute. The book is coauthored with Scott Althaus, David Bamman, Sara Benson, Brandon Butler, Beth Cate, Kyle K. Courtney, Sean Flynn, Maria Gould, Cody Hennesy, Eleanor Dickson Koehl, Thomas Padilla, Stacy Reardon, Rachael Samberg, Brianna L. Schofield, Megan Senseney, Timothy Vollmer, and Glen Worthey


Implementing User Rights for Research in the Field of Artificial Intelligence: A Call for International Action, European Intellectual Property Review (2020) (with Sean Flynn, Chistohpe Geiger, João Quintais, Thomas Margoni, Lucie Guibault, Michael W. Carroll)

The New Legal Landscape for Text Mining and Machine Learning, 66 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 291–367 (2019)

Taking Laughter Seriously at the Supreme Court, 72 Vanderbilt Law Review 1423–1496 (2019) (with Tonja Jacobi)

The New Oral Argument: Justices as Advocates, 94 Notre Dame Law Review 1161–1254  (2019) (with Tonja Jacobi) (forthcoming)

Defense Against the Dark Arts of Copyright Trolling, 103 Iowa Law Review 571 (2018) (with Jake Haskell)

Internet Safe Harbors and the Transformation of Copyright Law, 93 Notre Dame Law Review 499 (2017)

Empirical Studies of Copyright Litigation, Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II — Analytical Methods) (Edward Elgar Publishing) (2017) (Forthcoming) 

IP Litigation in US District Courts: 1994 to 2014, 101 Iowa Law Review 1065-1112 (2016) (download from ssrn)


Promoting Innovation, 100 Iowa Law Review 2223-2247 (2015) (with Spencer Weber Waller) (download from ssrn)(download presentation slides)

Copyright Trolling, An Empirical Study, 100 Iowa Law Review 1105-1146 (2015) (download from ssrn)

League Structure & Stadium Rent Seeking – the Antitrust Role Reconsidered, 65 Florida Law Review 1–72 (2013) (with David Haddock and Tonja Jacobi) (download from ssrn)

Digital Archives: Don’t Let Copyright Block Data Mining, 490 Nature 29-30 (October 4, 2012) (with Matthew Jockers and Jason Schultz)

Orphan Works as Grist for the Data Mill, 27 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1503–1550 (2012) (download from ssrn) (slides available)

An Information-Gathering Approach to Copyright Policy, 34 Cardozo Law Review 173–247 (2012) (with Peter DiCola) (download from ssrn)

Predicting Fair Use 73 Ohio State Law Journal 47–91 (2012) (download from ssrn)

The Pre-History of Fair Use 76 Brooklyn Law Review 1371–1412 (2011) (download from ssrn)


The Google Book Settlement and the Fair Use Counterfactual, 55 New York Law School Law Review 19 – 76 (2010).

Copyright and Copy-Reliant Technology, 103 Northwestern University Law Review 1607–1682 (2009).

Taking the Measure of Ideology: Empirically Measuring Supreme Court Cases, 98 The Georgetown Law Journal 1–75 (2009) (with Tonja Jacobi).

Ideology and Exceptionalism in Intellectual Property – An Empirical Study, 97 California Law Review 801 – 856 (2009) (with Tonja Jacobi & Maxim Sytch).

Patent Reform and Differential Impact, 8 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 1 – 96 (2007) (with Kurt Rohde).

Beyond Abstraction, The Law And Economics Of Copyright Scope And Doctrinal Efficiency, 81 Tulane Law Review 187 – 250 (2006).

Twelve Year-Olds, Grandmothers, and Other Good Targets for File Sharing Litigation, 4 Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property 133 – 155 (2006).

God in the Machine: A New Structural Analysis of the Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law, 11 Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review 381 – 435 (2005).