Pamela Samuelson

Why universities need scholarly-communications experts

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.

Google Book Search helps, not hurts, authors

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.

Google’s court victory is good for scholarly authors. Here’s why.

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.

New guide helps authors get book rights back from publishers

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.”

IP professors Q&A: Berkeley’s Pamela Samuelson

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.