This Restatement will encompass general copyright law.

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In the video above, Pierre N. Leval (2nd Circuit) discusses the Restatement of the Law, Copyright. Leval joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1993. Before that, he served on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York since 1977. He serves as an Adviser for this Restatement.

Questions answered in the video include:

  • What is the goal of The American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law?
  • What is the role of the project Reporter and Associate Reporters?
  • Why is ALI working on a Copyright Law Restatement?
  • Why has the Copyright Law Restatement raised concerns?
  • What is a specific example of an area where the Restatement may provide clarification?


Christopher Jon Sprigman

Reporter, Copyright

Christopher Jon Sprigman is the Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He came to NYU Law in 2013 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Sprigman teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, torts, and comparative constitutional law. His research focuses on how legal rules affect innovation and the deployment of new technologies.

Daniel J. Gervais

Associate Reporter, Copyright

Daniel J. Gervais is the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. He focuses on international intellectual property law and the law of Artificial Intelligence. He spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues as a legal officer at the World Trade Organization, as head of the Copyright Projects section of the WIPO, and Deputy Secretary General of International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, and Vice-Chair of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations.

Lydia Pallas Loren

Associate Reporter, Copyright

Lydia Pallas Loren is Henry J. Casey Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property generally and copyright law in particular. The third edition of her popular casebook Copyright in a Global Information Economy 4th ed. (2015 Aspen) (co-authored) is widely adopted at law schools across the nation.

R. Anthony Reese

Associate Reporter, Copyright

Anthony Reese is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Reese specializes in copyright law, trademark law, and Internet aspects of intellectual property law. Prior to joining the faculty at UCI, he spent 10 years as a law professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

Molly Van Houweling

Associate Reporter, Copyright

Molly Van Houweling is Harold C. Hohbach Distinguished Professor of Patent Law and Intellectual Property at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Much of Van Houweling’s research focuses on copyright law’s implications for new information technologies (and vice versa). She often explores this and other intellectual property issues using theoretical and doctrinal tools borrowed from the law of tangible property.