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Litman, Jessica

John F. Nickoll Professor of Law

432 Hutchins Hall
Jessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, is the author of Digital Copyright and the coauthor, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Before rejoining the Michigan faculty in 2006, Prof. Litman was a professor of law at Wayne State University in Detroit, a visiting professor at New York University School of Law and at American University Washington College of Law, as well as a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1984-1990. In addition, she has taught copyright law at the University of Tokyo as part of the Law Faculty Exchange Program. Prof. Litman is a past trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and a past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Intellectual Property. In addition to serving on the advisory board for the Public Knowledge organization, she is a member of the Intellectual Property and Internet Committee of the ACLU, the Advisory Council of the Future of Music Coalition, the advisory board of Cyberspace Law Abstracts, and the American Law Institute. She graduated from Reed College, earned an MFA at Southern Methodist University, and holds a JD from Columbia Law School.

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​Co-author. Trademark and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. 5th ed. J. C. Ginsburg and M. L. Kevlin, co-authors. New Providence, N.J.: LexisNexis, 2013.

"Antibiotic Resistance." In Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook. 2013 ed., 247. Eagan, Minn.: West, 2013. (Originally published under the same title in Cardozo Arts & Ent. L. J. 30, no. 1 (2012): 53-72.)

"Antibiotic Resistance." Cardozo Arts & Ent. L. J. 30, no. 1 (2012): 53-72.
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"Readers' Copyright." J. Copyright Soc'y 58, no. 2 (2011): 325-53.
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"Real Copyright Reform." Iowa L. Rev. 96, no. 1 (2010): 1-55.
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"The Invention of Common Law Play Right." Berkeley Tech. L. J. vol. 25, no. 3 (2010): 1381-425.
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Co-author. "The Copyright Principles Project: Directions for Reform." P. Samuelson et al, co-authors. Berkeley Tech. L. J. 25, no. 3 (2010): 1175-245. (Symposium: Copyright @ 300.)
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"Copyright as Myth." In The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights, edited by C. May, vol. 2, 582-96. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2010. (Originally published under same title in U. Pitt. L. Rev. 53, no. 1 (1991): 235-49.)

"The Politics of Intellectual Property." Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 27, no. 2 (2009): 313-20.
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"The Copyright Revision Act of 2026." Marq. Intell. Prop. L.Rev. 13, no. 2 (2009): 249-62.
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Panelist on the topic "Is Grand Copyright Possible?" at the 23rd Annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference, "Our Computers, Our Freedom: Can You Trust Anyone in the Digital Age?", Washington, D.C., June 25-26, 2013.

Taught U.S. copyright law at the University of Tokyo as part of the Michigan Law Faculty Exchange Program, July 2012.

Gave a seminar on "Copyright Reform for the 21st Century" to faculty and grad students at the University of Tokyo, July 5, 2012.

Participated in the Fourth Trademark Scholars Roundtable at DePaul University Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, April 20-21, 2012.

Spoke on "The Future of Copyright Law" at the University of Detroit-Mercy Law Review Sympoisum on the Future of Intellectual Property Law, March 9, 2012.

Spoke at the American Society for Theatre Research/Theatre Library Association 2011 Conference, Montreal, Quebec, November 20, 2011.

Participated in a panel discussion on "Killer Apps, Conflicting Law: Remixing Compensation in Music Services" at the 2011 Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, October 2011.

Spoke on "the future of computers and writing" for the closing town hall session of the Sweetland Writing Center's 2011 conference on writing on computers, May 2011.

Participated in the third Trademark Scholars' Roundtable on "The Role of Confusion in Modern Trademark Law," University of Indiana Maurer School of Law, April 2011.

Presented the paper, "Readers' Copyright," to the Fordham Law and Intellectual Property Colloquium, February 2011.

Worked with Melissa Levine, lead copyright officer, University of Michigan Library; Christine Gregory, Michigan Law Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Amy Sankaran, Michigan Law Director of Externship and Pro Bono Programs; and Michigan Law grad Brandon Wiener, '11, to set up a copyright law externship in the U-M Library Copyright Office, August 2010 to June 2011.

Delivered the keynote speech at the inaugural MPublishing Copyright Camp organized by the University of Michigan Library, July 2010.

Participated in the second Trademark Scholars Roundtable, DePaul Law School, April 2010.

Presented "Play Right in America" at the Copyright@300 Symposium: Looking Back at the Statute of Anne and Looking Forward to the Challenges of the Future at the UC Berkeley School of Law, April 2010.

Spoke on "Copyright and Libraries: The Challenge" at the Dean Laura N. Gasaway Tribute Symposium presented by the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, March 2010.

Panelist, "Law: Reform or Entropy," OnCopyright 2010: The Collision of Ideas—Art, Society,Technology & Law, New York, March 2010.

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