Jennifer Urban quoted in New York Law Journal, (registration required) Nov. 15, 2013
Jennifer Urban of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic … was part of a team of lawyers who filed for amicus curiae, a group of digital humanities and law scholars, in favor of a finding of fair use. “I think it’s an absolutely terrific decision,” Urban said. “It’s a careful fair use decision that explains why new technologies and the ability to digitize physical texts like books supports the societal goals of copyright law.”
Jennifer Urban and Samuelson Clinic brief cited in Groklaw, May 31, 2013
Amici’s shared interest in this case is in preserving the deliberate balance Congress and the courts have established for software copyright, including longstanding limits on copyrightability that enable innovation by fostering interoperability and competition.
Jennifer Urban writes for Wired, February 21, 2013
I propose (with Jason Schultz) that innovators should—even must—opt back in to the patent system if they wish to protect themselves from the growing threats patents pose…. Why? Because if all innovators obtain patents that they commit to keeping for defensive purposes only—linking them together into a defensive network—we can take the patent system as it exists today and use it to create a bulwark against its own worst features.
Jennifer Urban quoted in Chicago Tribune, February 14, 2013
Meter readings taken at 15-minute intervals can provide a wealth of information, such as when people are home, go to bed or use their large-screen TV, said Jennifer Urban, co-director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
Christopher Hoofnagle, Jennifer Urban, and Su Li’s report cited in Ars Technica, July 12, 2012
A new study from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology asked 1,200 households several straightforward questions about what level of privacy they think they have when using a cell phone, and what information is and is not OK for companies to track and store. The majority thinks they have far more privacy than they do, and are unequivocally opposed to some of the most common forms of data collection.
This story also appeared in Boing Boing.
Jason Schultz and Jennifer Urban quoted in Ars Technica, June 12, 2012
“The idea is this: If you want to be part of this network of defensive patent people, you are committing that all of your patents, every single thing you’ve done, will be available royalty-free to anyone who wants to take a license, if they commit to only practice defensive patent licensing,” Schultz said today in Boston at the Usenix conference on cyberlaw issues.
Urban notes in her blog post that both Twitter’s pledge and the DPL are “a private response to a broken patent system,” but “unless and until Congress or the courts can improve things, such private solutions may be our best options to stem the rising tide of patent attacks.”
This story appeared in a number of sources including The Verge, BGR, Techdirt, Intellectual Asset Management magazine, and InfoWorld.
Pamela Samuelson, Jennifer Urban, Molly van Houweling, Jason Schultz cited in Publishers Weekly, April 14, 2012
-The UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) is among the most eminent study centers for intellectual property (IP) law. Coordinated by Professor Pamela Samuelson, this last week it pulled together approximately 200 highly accomplished and well-spoken legal scholars, practitioners and librarians in a small conference on orphan works, “Orphan Works and Mass Digitization.”
-Jennifer Urban of BCLT cautioned that we need to evaluate the benefits and costs of diligent search requirements, a likely component of orphan works legislation, against the costs of collective licensing, which is more of a blunt end of the rights hammer, but would obviate the need for individualized search.
-Molly van Houweling observed that we need systems … that actively reward instead of punish efforts that produce information helping to re-unite rightsholders with their works.
-Jason Schultz noted in twitter that the key question was how people and their institutions can be part of this world, and learn to serve publics who know how to copy.
Jennifer Urban writes for Science, April 13, 2012
Despite increasing reliance on computing in every domain of scientific endeavor, the computer source code critical to understanding and evaluating computer programs is commonly withheld, effectively rendering these programs “black boxes” in the research work flow.
Washington Internet Daily, July 29, 2011 by Louis Trager
http://www.warren-news.com/internetservices.htm (registration required; go to H:\Law School in the News\In the News 2011\News Clips for article)
“I think it’s very good news for innovation and for consumers in California,” said Jennifer Urban, a University of California-Berkeley law professor who represented the center in the proceeding. The commission reached “a very nuanced and careful decision,” she said.
San Francisco Chronicle, March 20, 2011 by John Diaz
Jennifer Urban, a UC Berkeley law professor who studies fair-use issues, said courts tend to use two tests in determining fair use. One, whether the purpose of the inclusion of copyrighted material was to simply replicate it or “transform it” for another purpose – such as commentary. Two, “did you use more than you needed?”