The USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic is a clinical program run by faculty and student legal interns at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law School. The Clinic represents entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers who are struggling with the challenges presented by the clash of technology with law and policy. To learn more about the Clinic and its work you can browse this website or get in contact with us by phone or e-mail. Learn More...
Clinic Members Lead Training on Fair Use & the DMCA
On Monday April 22, 2013, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic gave a presentation to over 100 documentary filmmakers as part of the International Documentary Association‘s Doc U educational series
Clinic hosts screening of landmark surf documentary
On April 25, 2013, the IPTLC hosted a screening of the landmark surf documentary “Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story” at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Clinic Files Amicus Brief in Closely-Watched Cambridge University Press Case
The IPTLC has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of university professors in a major educational fair use case in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Clinic Submits Comment to U.S. Copyright Office
Clinic submits a comment on behalf of the International Documentary Association regarding how orphan works and mass digitization should be addressed in the U.S.
Clinic Achieves Historic DMCA Exemption
The Clinic in association with Donaldson & Calif obtained an exemption to the DMCA covering documentary filmmakers and multimedia e-book authors.
The Clinic is directed by Professor Jack Lerner and student clinical interns. Two to three students work at the Clinic during the summer and then continue with the Clinic during the fall and spring semesters with other students joining during regular registration.
"Working at the Clinic this summer has been a great experience. No where else would a first year law student get to work directly with clients in a safe learning space. I felt empowered to take on responsibility while being able to ask questions as I went along. Working with the other clinical interns created an environment that fostered collaboration and intellectual curiosity." - Omar Noureldin, Student Intern Summer 2012
On Monday April 22, 2013, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic gave a presentation to over 100 documentary filmmakers as part of the International Documentary Association‘s Doc U educational series on the exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) that the clinic and Donaldson + Callif helped
On April 25, the IPTLC, together with the USC Entertainment Law Society, presented a screening of the documentary Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story. The Clinic worked on various copyright issues during the making of this film. Click the image below for the full size poster detailing the event.
Today, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic filed an amicus curiae brief in the Eleventh Circuit in the case Cambridge University Press, et al v. Mark Becker, et al. The brief was filed on behalf of American Association of University Professors, International Communication Association, Modernist Studies Association, Society
Today, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic submitted a reply comment to the Copyright Office on the issue of orphan works and mass digitization on behalf of the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, the National Alliance For Media Arts and Culture, Kartemquin Educational Films, Inc., Glen Pitre, and the
In October of 2012, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a Notice of Inquiry regarding Orphan Works and Mass Digitization. In response to this inquiry, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic filed a comment on behalf of the International Documentary Association, Kartemquin Educational Films, and the Independent Filmmaker Project, along
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