Late Recap of the Southwestern Conference About Copyright Reform, Panel 1

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. Dave says:

    Thanks for posting this Deven. It’s good to have a record of the panels from that day. In reading this I’m reminded of a small puzzle that occurred to me during that morning session. Everyone seems to agree that Texaco begat the CCC (Baumgarten here, and I’ve heard the argument made elsewhere), but I always understood the CCC to have been robustly up and running before Texaco. In fact, it seems that Texaco came out the way it did largely because the CCC provided a plausible, extant means for recovering license fees even for small-scale uses like photocopying (although Jacobs contests the point in dissent). Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems like Texaco shows that litigation can respond to private innovation but not that litigation can inspire or motivate it.