On August 29, 2018, the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property hosted a talk by Professor Edward Lee on his study of fair use as a potential defense to copyright infringement in music cases.
Professor Lee began with a case study of the recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke upholding a district court ruling that their song “Blurred Lines” infringed the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”
Professor Lee explained that instead of arguing only that there was no infringement, the defendants should have asserted a fair use defense, a rare tactic in music cases.
This recap includes the video from this talk along with links to Professor Lee’s recent publications on the topic of fair use in music cases.
On July 16, the American Constitution Society and Courts Matter Illinois co-hosted an event at Chicago-Kent featuring a discussion with Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.com and Professor Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago on recent Supreme Court rulings.
The event began with opening statements to offer context on the significance of the Supreme Court and the political trends they’ve seen in the current court.
The event continued with discussion of six key cases, followed by an open question and answer section that included discussion of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the implications of recent cases on other free speech and immigration issues.
You can find the full video of the event below, along with an outline of the cases they discussed and quotes from the live Twitter coverage of the event.
At the end of the spring 2018 semester, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the careers of five faculty members who are retiring this year: Professors Gerald Brown, Sheldon Nahmod, Michael Spak and Joan Steinman, and Keith Ann Stiverson, director of the Library.
Dean Krent introduced the event, saying Chicago-Kent “owes such a debt to these individuals, who have together offered over 200 years of teaching to the school.” He noted that “their love of teaching and their love of the school have made such a mark on this institution, and they will be missed.”
After the dean’s introduction, several faculty and staff shared stories of the impact each faculty member present had on the school and some personal favorite memories. The retiring faculty responded with reflections on their time here at Chicago-Kent, which are excerpted below.
Our American Constitution Society hosted Texas Senator Wendy Davis on April 10, 2018. She spoke about her experiences filibustering for reproductive rights in the Texas Senate, the impact of gerrymandering, and other ways she has been fighting for voting rights and increased access to our democracy.
She emphasized the need for empathy in the law and for lawmakers, sharing the story of the impact Earl Warren’s role in the Japanese Internment camps had in his legal career and the Brown vs. Board of Education case. She encouraged students to look for opportunities to share their skills and experiences to increase civic participation and answered student questions after her talk.
This year the National Lawyers Guild’s 2nd annual event on mass incarceration focused on the intersection of mass incarceration with immigration. The panel discussion looked specifically at the targeting of immigrants for deportation using the Chicago Gang Database, officially known as the “Strategic Subject List.”
NLG Secretary Rosie O’Malley moderated the panel discussion with these speakers:
Irene Romulo from Organized Communities Against Deportation
Sheila Bedi from the MacArthur Justice Center
Claudia Valenzuela from the National Immigrant Justice Center