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'California Dreamin': Paper Earns 3L Trip to GRAMMY Awards

Who knew that drawing a parallel between Hernando de Soto's concept of dead capital and the Supreme Court's "substantial, non-infringing" use doctrine could be so rewarding?

That's what Josh Carpenter (3L) asked himself when he learned that he was named a runner-up in The GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative 2007 Writing Contest. In addition to a monetary prize, Carpenter's paper earned him a trip to Los Angeles where he attended a number of GRAMMY week events, culminating in the star-studded awards show on February 11. 

Four other law students joined Carpenter in Los Angeles where they were recognized for their writing at the GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon. The contest finalists also attended the MusiCares Foundation Person of the Year Dinner honoring Don Henley. 

In addition to experiencing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Carpenter said the opportunity to network with music industry lawyers made the trip "invaluable." 

Carpenter's winning paper argues that the U.S. Supreme Court's "substantial, non-infringing use" doctrine has stunted innovation in the music industry by creating an uncertain legal climate that discourages industry investment. Titled "Defending Artistry by Deleting 'Dead Capital': Sony, Grokster and the Supreme Court's Lost Opportunity to Eradicate the 'Substantial, Non-Infringing Use' Doctrine," it will be published in the forthcoming Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law