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Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc Golan Roundtable

Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc is pleased to present our current Roundtable on Golan v. Holder, which is to be argued at the Supreme Court on October 5, 2011. In Golan, the Court will consider whether Congress may constitutionally confer copyright on works that have fallen into the public domain. Congress created a new class of “restored” works in 1996 in order to fulfill its obligations under the Berne Convention, an international copyright treaty. Professor Tyler T. Ochoa introduces the case, discusses the history of the Berne Convention, and analyzes how the Court’s decision will affect the idea of the public domain. Professor Daniel Gervais takes a closer look at the Berne Convention. He argues that Berne is a flexible document and that Congress provided greater protection to restored works than is actually required by the treaty. Dale Nelson, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Warner Bros., questions whether restoration has had as significant an effect on the public domain as its detractors believe. She argues that the benefits of restoring foreign works to copyright greatly outweigh the burdens to users. Professor David Olson looks at Golan’s constitutional questions from a perspective not emphasized in the parties’ briefs. He argues that, because restoration is in violation of the Progress Clause, the Government can assert no legitimate interest to support its claim that restoration does not unconstitutionally restrict the Petitioners’ First Amendment speech rights. Finally, Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard takes a detailed look at the mechanics of the statute enacting copyright restoration. In her view, the statute does not achieve the Government’s stated interests and transgresses the traditional contours of copyright. She provides several recommendations for statutory amendments that would make determination of public domain status a more manageable exercise.


Tyler T. Ochoa, Is the Copyright Public Domain Irrevocable? An Introduction to Golan v. Holder, 64 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 123 (2011).

Daniel Gervais, Golan v. Holder: A Look at the Constraints Imposed by the Berne Convention, 64 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 147 (2011).

Dale Nelson, Golan Restoration: Small Burden, Big Gains, 64 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 165 (2011).

David S. Olson, A Legitimate Interest in Promoting the Progress of Science: Constitutional Constraints on Copyright Laws, 64 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 185 (2011).

Elizabeth Townsend Gard, In the Trenches with § 104A: An Evaluation of the Parties’ Arguments in Golan v. Holder as It Heads to the Supreme Court, 64 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 199 (2011).

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 4 (May 2011)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 4 (May 2011)

Congratulations and a special thank you to the outgoing editorial board!

ARTICLES

Eleanor Marie Lawrence Brown, Visa as Property, Visa as Collateral, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1047 (2011)

Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, Optimal Lead Plaintiffs, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1109 (2011)

O. Carter Snead, Memory and Punishment, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1195 (2011)

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Michael G. Bowers, Implementing an Online Dispute Resolution Scheme: Using Domain Name Registration Contracts to Create a Workable Framework, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1265 (2011)

Steven J. Haymore, Public(ly Oriented) Companies: B Corporations and the Delaware Stakeholder Provision Dilemma, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1311 (2011)

Seth M. Hyatt, Text Offenders: Privacy, Text Messages, and the Failure of the Title III Minimization Requirement, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1347 (2011)

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 3 (April 2011)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 3 (April 2011)

ARTICLES

Mark Bartholomew & Patrick F. McArdle, Causing Infringement, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 675 (2011)

Michelle M. Harner & Jamie Marincic, Committee Capture? An Empirical Analysis of the Role of Creditors’ Committees in Business Reorganizations, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 749 (2011)

Herbert Hovenkamp & Christopher R. Leslie, The Firm as Cartel Manager, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 813 (2011)

Jay Tidmarsh, Procedure, Substance, and Erie, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 877 (2011)

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Lauren Z. Curry, Agents in Secrecy: The Use of Information Surrogates in Trust Administration, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 925 (2011)

James M. Gottry, Just Shoot Me: Public Accommodation Anti-Discrimination Laws Take Aim at First Amendment Freedom of Speech, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 961 (2011)

Rachel E. Moore, Giving It Another Shot: A Reexamination of the “Second or Subsequent Conviction” Language of the Firearm Possession Sentencing Statute, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1005 (2011)

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 2 (March 2011)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 2 (March 2011)

SYMPOSIUM

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Symposium on Executive Compensation Keynote Address, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 349 (2011)

Ruth Bender, Paying for Advice: The Role of the Remuneration Consultant in U.K. Listed Companies, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 361 (2011)

Martin J. Conyon, Executive Compensation Consultants and CEO Pay, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 399 (2011)

Guido Ferrarini & Maria Cristina Ungureanu, Economics, Politics, and the International Principles for Sound Compensation Practices: An Analysis of Executive Pay at European Banks, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 431 (2011)

M. Todd Henderson, Insider Trading and CEO Pay, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 505 (2011)

Jennifer G. Hill, Ronald W. Masulis & Randall S. Thomas, Comparing CEO Employment Contract Provisions: Differences Between Australia and the United States, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 559 (2011)

David I. Walker, Evolving Executive Equity Compensation and the Limits of Optimal Contracting, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 611 (2011)

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 1 (January 2011)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 64, Number 1 (January 2011)

ARTICLES

J.B. Ruhl & James Salzman, Gaming the Past: The Theory and Practice of Historic Baselines in the Administrative State, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1 (2011)

Anthony J. Sebok, The Inauthentic Claim, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 61 (2011)

Dan Simon, The Limited Diagnosticity of Criminal Trials, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 143 (2011)

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Barbara R. Barreno, In Search of Guidance: An Examination of Past, Present, and Future Adjudications of Domestic Violence Asylum Claims, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 225 (2011)

Carter T. Coker, Hope-Fulfilling or Effectively Chilling? Reconciling the Hate Crimes Prevention Act With the First Amendment, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 271 (2011)

Lauren N. Fromme, Unreliable Securities for Retirement Income Security: Certifying the ERISA Stock-Drop Class, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 301 (2011)

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 6 (November 2010)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 6 (November 2010)

ARTICLES

Shyamkrishna Balganesh, The Pragmatic Incrementalism of Common Law Intellectual Property, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1543 (2010)

David Gray, Punishment as Suffering, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1619 (2010)

Jamie Henikoff Moffitt, Merging in the Shadow of the Law: The Case for Consistent Judicial Efficiency Analysis, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1697 (2010)

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Anne D. Gooch, Admitting Guilt by Professing Innocence: When Sentence Enhancements Based on Alford Pleas Are Unconstitutional, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1755 (2010)

Keith Hollingshead-Cook, Another Can of Crawford Worms: Certificates of Nonexistence of Public Record and the Confrontation Clause, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1793 (2010)

Niels Jensen, How to Kill the Scapegoat: Addressing Offshore Tax Evasion with a Special View to Switzerland, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1823 (2010)

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Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc Dukes Roundtable

Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc is pleased to present its latest Roundtable on Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.. Professor Elizabeth Burch’s introductory piece lays the foundation for the debate. Professors Robert Bone, Alexandra Lahav, Greg Mitchell, and Richard Nagareda are providing their “first takes” on the case. We hope you find the Roundtable informative and engaging.


Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, Introduction: Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 77 (2010).

Robert G. Bone, Sorting Through the Certification Muddle, 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 105 (2010)

Alexandra D. Lahav, The Curse of Bigness and the Optimal Size of Class Actions, 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 117 (2010).

Gregory Mitchell, Good Causes and Bad Science, 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 133 (2010).

Richard A. Nagareda, Common Answers for Class Certification, 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 149 (2010).

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 5 (October 2010)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 5 (October 2010)

ARTICLES

Afra Afsharipour, Transforming the Allocation of Deal Risk Through Reverse Termination Fees, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1161 (2010)

Wayne A. Logan, Erie and Federal Criminal Courts, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1243 (2010)

Neil M. Richards, The Puzzle of Brandeis, Privacy, and Speech, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1295 (2010)

Paul Rose, Common Agency and the Public Corporation, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1355 (2010)

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David M. Barnes, Shotgun Weddings: Director and Officer Fiduciary Duties in Government-Controlled and Partially-Nationalized Corporations, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1419 (2010)

Ryan M. Davis, Trimming the “Judicial Oak”: Rule 10b5-2(b)(1), Confidentiality Agreements, and the Proper Scope of Insider Trading Liability, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1469 (2010)

Jacob William Neu, “Workers of God”: The Holy See’s Liability for Clerical Sexual Abuse, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1507 (2010)

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 4 (May 2010)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 4 (May 2010)

ARTICLES

Brad Snyder, Taking Great Cases: Lessons from the Rosenberg Case, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 885 (2010)

Randall Thomas, Erin O’Hara & Kenneth Martin, Arbitration Clauses in CEO Employment Contracts: An Empirical and Theoretical Analysis, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 959 (2010)

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan & David A. Hoffman, Breach Is For Suckers, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1003 (2010)

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Katherin J. Chapman, The Untouchables: Private Military Contractors’ Criminal Accountability under the UCMJ, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1047 (2010)

Gregory W. Traylor, Big Tobacco, Medicaid-Covered Smokers, and the Substance of the Master Settlement Agreement, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1081 (2010)

Nancy Danforth Zeronda, Street Shootings: Covert Photography and Public Privacy, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 1131 (2010)

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Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 3 (April 2010)

Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 63, Number 3 (April 2010)

ARTICLES

Lisa Schultz Bressman & Robert B. Thompson, The Future of Agency Independence, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 533 (2010).

Daniel A. Crane, Optimizing Private Antitrust Enforcement, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 675 (2010).

Nantiya Ruan, Facilitating Wage Theft: How Courts Use Procedural Rules to Undermine Substantive Rights of Low-Wage Workers, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 727 (2010).

Edward Rubin, Assisted Suicide, Morality, and Law: Why Prohibiting Assisted Suicide Violates the Establishment Clause, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 763 (2010).

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Richard Aaron Chastain, Cleaning Up Punitive Damages: A Statutory Solution for Unguided Punitive-Damages Awards in Maritime Cases, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 813 (2010).

Alison Virginia King, Constitutionality of Cyberbullying Laws: Keeping the Online Playground Safe for Both Teens and Free Speech, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 845 (2010).

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