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Jane C. Ginsburg

Jane C. Ginsburg is faculty director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts, which facilitates the study of creative works and their dissemination and use. A noted international expert on copyright and trademark law, she has authored numerous books, articles, and chapters on the subjects.

For several years, Ginsburg and her students—including one who called Ginsburg a “demi-god” in the field of copyright—have been working on a major empirical study on Vatican documents called petitions and “privileges,” which were the Catholic Church’s precursor system to copyright law. The research sheds light on the evolution of the concepts of authorship and creativity in copyright.

Ginsburg is a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She and her mother, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59, were inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2015

I suppose if I have a bias—and I admit that I probably do—it is to see that the copyright law protects the authors, the creators.