TPW 30: Sprigman on Copyright

by on September 21, 2007 · 0 comments

This week’s podcast focuses on two copyright issues. First, Congress has been considering legislation that would extend copyright-like protections to the fashion industry. Second, in the decision of Golan v. Gonzales earlier this month, the Tenth Circuit held that Congress cannot re-impose copyright restrictions on public domain materials without invoking heightened First Amendment scrutiny.

Our first guest is a man who’s been in the thick of both controversies. Chris Sprigman is professor of law at the University of Virginia. He was one of the attorneys behind the Golan case, and he wrote a widely-read paper called The Piracy Paradox” arguing against extending copyright law to the fashion industry. Our other guest, Julian Sanchez, wrote an article for the American on the Congressional effort to impose copyright restrictions on the fashion industry.

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