Working Paper No. 14-15:
Brief of Amici Curiae Professors of Intellectual Property Law in Support of Google, Inc. and YouTube, LLC’s Petition for Rehearing En Banc in Garcia v. Google, Inc.
Christopher Newman, Julie Ahrens, Christopher Sprigman
Date Posted: May 2014
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Amici are law professors who teach and write about copyright law. Amici are concerned that the Court’s opinion in this case, Garcia v. Google, Inc. (No. 12-57302), misinterprets a foundational element of the copyright law: the baseline requirements for copyrightability. Further, Amici anticipate that this Court’s decision, unless corrected, will create significant practical difficulties for firms and individuals producing the creative works that copyright is intended to incentivize.