This seminar will provide a practical introduction to concepts in copyright law, tailored to artists and filmmakers. We will discuss what copyright can and can’t protect, who owns the copyright in a work of authorship, how long copyright lasts, how and why to register a work with the Copyright Office, and how to evaluate whether a work infringes the copyright in a previously existing work. We will also discuss the fair use doctrine, how it protects certain unlicensed uses of work of authorship, and how to effectively assert a fair use defense.
Participants will be asked to review a video and accompanying text document ahead of the seminar, where Brian explains the core concepts of copyright law. The seminar will focus on a discussion of the concepts explained in the video and their application to particular problems. Participants are encouraged to pose specific questions about copyright, fair use, and related issues during the seminar.
Lead by Brian L. Frye
Brian L. Frye joined the faculty of the College of Law in 2012. He teaches classes in civil procedure, intellectual property, copyright, and nonprofit organizations, as well as a seminar on law and popular culture. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, and a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He clerked for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court. He received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2005, an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. His research focuses on intellectual property and charity law, especially in relation to artists and arts organizations.
Professor Frye is also a filmmaker. He produced the documentary Our Nixon (2013), which was broadcast by CNN and opened theatrically nationwide. His short films and videos have shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among other venues, and are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His critical writing on film and art has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, and Incite! among other journals.