Pamela Samuelson writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 11, 2016
If faculty members, in particular, get smarter about copyright and publishing contracts, universities may be able to make their research more widely available. … Such dissemination serves universities’ teaching and research missions, and the interests of scholars who write to have an impact on their students, their fields of study, and the larger society.
Pamela Samuelson quoted in The New York Times, May 26, 2016
The case could go to the Supreme Court, though it was unclear whether the court would rule definitively on copyright, said Pamela Samuelson. … “They don’t usually like to go against what the appeals court established,” she said.
Pamela Samuelson quoted in The New York Times, May 19, 2016
“The open-source community will heave a huge sigh of relief if Google wins, and will be very worried if Oracle wins,” said Pamela Samuelson, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley. “It will have a chilling effect.”
Pamela Samuelson writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 17, 2016
If the overwhelming majority of the university’s uses were fair, it doesn’t make sense to impose substantial and costly compliance measures on it. Colleges, students, faculty members, and academic-book-chapter authors will win if the publishers lose once again.
Pamela Samuelson writes for The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 13, 2016
The Authors Alliance represents authors who want their books to be discoverable and reach new generations of readers. Book Search helps to achieve this goal. It consists largely of nonfiction books written by scholars in the hope that the books would be read by others and contribute to the ongoing progress of knowledge creation and dissemination, in keeping with the constitutional purpose of copyright.
Pamela Samuelson writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 27, 2015
The guild argues that the ruling deprives authors of licensing revenues that were sought as a remedy for Google’s use of in-copyright books. But the appellate court was unpersuaded by the guild’s licensing theory, because, it said, what matters for purposes of fair-use analysis is whether snippets displace the market for books, which the court held they do not.
Pamela Samuelson quoted in Washington Internet Daily (registration required), Oct. 14, 2015
“I think [House Judiciary] wouldn’t have held so many hearings if it didn’t want to do something legislatively, so it will be interesting to see if that’s on music licensing or fair use issues.”
Pamela Samuelson quoted in The New York Times, June 29, 2015
“I don’t think this decision will have much effect” on the software industry, said Pamela Samuelson.… “Some of us were hoping for a little more clarity on copyright, but that will come from other courts.”
Pamela Samuelson quoted in Imperial Valley News, April 5, 2015
“Most often those books are commercially available for the first few years after they’re published, but then linger on publisher backlists,” Samuelson said. “In later years, when neither the publisher nor the author is making money from the books, the work is no longer promoted, and the public can’t access them. Getting rights back from the publisher is not only feasible, but also necessary to bring the work to a new audience.”
Pamela Samuelson interviewed by Law360, October 10, 2014
Patent quality needs to be a much higher priority at the PTO. There are too many “bad” patents out there that have become cudgels with which nonpracticing entities have imposed huge costs on innovative technology firms because of their unwarranted claims of infringement.