Sonia Katyal

Tech workers electing to use skills in politics

Sonia Katyal quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2017

“There is a much greater number of individuals who probably would have just entered the tech sector, who are now thinking of themselves as political leaders — purely to stem the tide of what’s happening in Washington,” Katyal said.

How art and law can work together beyond the marketplace

Sonia Katyal co-writes for Hyperallergic, Jan. 12, 2017

there are examples where lawyers and artists must work closely together, like the legal defense team for Steve Kurtz, the Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) member. His antiwar projects exploring the public health impact on germ warfare programs led to his illegal detention in 2004 by the FBI and the confiscation of his work in the name of national security. The legal case, which was settled in 2008, succeeded in pushing back against the excesses of the USA Patriot Act passed by an anxious Congress.

Trademark officials must distinguish between irony and offense

Sonia Katyal writes for The New York Times, May 4, 2016

Brands and trade symbols are not just pictures. They implicate the very force of identity, which can form and recode itself according to the dynamic pull of public culture. But there are certain marks that remain disparaging by the communities that are targeted by them, and that is precisely why we need the force of law to limit its protection of them.