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Pamela Samuelson in the news:



Google, law profs join battle over $1.5B Marvell verdict

Pamela Samuelson cited in Litigation Daily, August 12, 2014

Fifteen law professors reinforced that argument in an amicus brief of their own, also filed Monday…. The signatories include Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School and Pamela Samuelson of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.


New authors alliance wants to ease some copyright rules

Pamela Samuelson and Molly Van Houweling quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2014

“Copyright law is so strict, stretching up to 95 years from publication in some cases, that without the right to digitize it we are in jeopardy of losing our long-term cultural and intellectual history,” said alliance founding member Pamela Samuelson, a UC Berkeley law professor who filed briefs on Google’s behalf during the eight-year book scanning controversy.

“It’s not only academic writers who are running into problems,” said alliance founding member and UC Berkeley law Professor Molly Van Houweling, “It’s biographers and researchers and journalists and literary writers.”


Are APIs patent or copyright subject matter?

Pamela Samuelson writes for PatentlyO, May 12, 2014

In the most expansive interpretation of software copyright law since Whelan v. Jaslow, Judge O’Malley in Oracle v. Google endorsed dual protection for APIs from both copyright and patent law. This ignored an important statement from that court’s earlier ruling in Atari Games v. Nintendo that “patent and copyright laws protect distinct aspects of a computer program.”


Scribal wars: new authors alliance hits resistance

Pamela Samuelson quoted in California Magazine, May 2014

Samuelson said the purpose of the group is to “empower” writers on a case-by-case basis. “We want to help them achieve their goals for their work,” she said. “Sometimes that means helping them to put their work in the public domain, sometimes it means Creative Commons, and sometimes it means seeking a proprietary license. Each can be an appropriate thing to do depending on the circumstance. We just want to help people understand what their choices are.”


Europe court ruling reboots Web privacy rules for Google, others

Pamela Samuelson quoted in Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2014

“EU data protection rules are much stricter and broader in scope than U.S. privacy rules,” said Pamela Samuelson, a professor at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. “So the ruling is not all that surprising. But it obviously complicates the task for search engines of giving folks access to content that’s lawful in most jurisdictions.”


In new case, Supreme Court revisits the question of software patents

Pamela Samuelson quoted in The Washington Post, March 28, 2014

The State Street decision seemed to ignore the Supreme Court’s views altogether. Pamela Samuelson … says it’s “not possible” to square the State Street ruling with the Supreme Court’s precedents. In her view: “They didn’t like the ruling, and so they gave it a narrow interpretation. In effect, they overruled it.”


Congress in middle of Hollywood copyright clash with Silicon Valley

Pamela Samuelson quoted in Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2014
Since then, “everything has changed,” said Pamela Samuelson…. “This has become something a lot of people feel strongly about.”


A call to focus on copyright

Pamela Samuelson quoted in Inside Higher Education, October 21, 2013

Many leaders and experts in higher education “want to hide” when people talk about the possibility of Congress reopening copyright legislation. “While it is sensible to be somewhat concerned about what would happen if Congress decided to reopen” the legislation, Samuelson said, “it would be a mistake for higher ed not to say, ‘If we want to do this, these things need to be on the agenda.’ ” Generally, she said, higher education needs to be sure the fair use victories of the courts are preserved.


Abusive patent litigation only getting worse, say Google, Microsoft experts

Pamela Samuelson quoted in Communications Daily, October 10, 2013 (registration required)

Non-practicing entity litigation “wasn’t worrisome five years ago,” said Pamela Samuelson, a UC-Berkeley law professor. Then, such litigation was aimed at big companies such as Google and Microsoft, she said. “But now a lot of the assertions are coming against small companies, and [they're] having real significant operational impacts.”


Patent trolls’ put brakes on SF transit app

Samuelson clinic cited in San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 2013(registration required)

This summer, the San Francisco digital rights group and the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley helped significantly narrow the scope of one key ArrivalStar patent, after filing a request for re-examination.


Apple’s chances on an e-book ruling appeal are lousy, say legal scholars

Pamela Samuelson quoted in AllThingsDigital, July 10, 2013

“Apple may have a tough time getting this ruling reversed because the judge made findings of fact about the antitrust violation that appellate courts typically defer to,” Samuelson told AllThingsD. “Most reversals happen as to interpretations of the law.”


Apple says differences in publisher deals belie e-book conspiracy charges

Pamela Samuelson quoted in AllThingsDigital, June 5, 2013

Pam Samuelson … took a similar view. “It is quite possible for antitrust co-conspirators to mask agreements in restraint of trade by adopting differently worded documents,” she said. “Using identical language would make the anticompetitive nature of an agreement too obvious.”


Apple CEO Tim Cook: “The e-book case to me is bizarre”

Pamela Samuelson quoted in AllThingsDigital, June 3, 2013

As Pam Samuelson, director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, told AllThingsD, “The DOJ would not be pursuing this case if they thought they would lose.”


House judiciary committee sets up first hearing on copyright reform

Pamela Samuelson cited in Tech Dirt, May 8, 2013

They’re starting with five witnesses, all of whom participated in the Copyright Principles Project, which we wrote about a few years ago when it came out…. Having Samuelson on the list is the key one, as she was the driving force behind the project and is one of, if not the most, knowledgeable folks concerning copyright issues around.


Aaron Swartz: Opening access to knowledge

Pamela Samuelson writes for San Francisco Chronicle, January 25, 2013

What was Internet activist Aaron Swartz thinking when he downloaded 4 million articles from JSTOR (short for journal storage), a digital library of scholarly articles, in a closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology? Because of his suicide this month, we will never know for sure, but one consistent theme ran through his short but brilliant career: The Internet provides amazing opportunities to open more access to knowledge. And he wanted to help that process.


Brewster Kahle’s Internet archive

Pamela Samuelson quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, October 15, 2012

“He has almost evangelistic zeal for promoting better access to information to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there,” said Pamela Samuelson, a professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. Samuelson, a renowned pioneer in digital copyright law, met Kahle about 20 years ago. “If anything, he’s become more of a visionary and more of an evangelist,” she said. “He hasn’t slowed down at all.”


Brewster Kahle’s Internet archive

Pamela Samuelson quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, October 15, 2012

“He has almost evangelistic zeal for promoting better access to information to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there,” said Pamela Samuelson, a professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. Samuelson, a renowned pioneer in digital copyright law, met Kahle about 20 years ago. “If anything, he’s become more of a visionary and more of an evangelist,” she said. “He hasn’t slowed down at all.”


Google’s digital library plan hits another snag

Pamela Samuelson interviewed by National Public Radio, September 18, 2012

UC Berkeley law professor Pam Samuelson says Google is confident enough to keep scanning. “But the sense that I have, from talking to people, is that maybe they have slowed down a little bit.”


Reforming copyright is possible

Pamela Samuelson writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2012

The fastest way to achieve a more comprehensive digital library is for Congress to create a license so that digital libraries could provide public access to copyrighted works no longer commercially available. This approach would make it unnecessary to engage in costly work-by-work searches for rights holders and would free up orphan works.


US-expert Samuelson: “ACTA should concern us all”

Pamela Samuelson quoted in Der Standard, May 3, 2012 (translated)

As a festival speaker for tomorrow’s opening in parliament, the U.S. American law professor Pamela Samuelson, known for her digitalization and legal expertise, will engage in a conversation about “Recognition of the Significance of Public Domain” to discuss public possession with regard to copyright on the Internet today.