Rebecca Tushnet

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Name: Rebecca Tushnet
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Occupation: law professor, OTW Board member
Medium: articles, blog
Works: listed
Official Website(s): 43(B)log, web page
Fan Website(s):
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Rebecca Tushnet is a professor of law at Georgetown specializing in intellectual property; she was a founding member of the board of the OTW. A graduate of both Harvard and Yale, Tushnet clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and A Supreme Court justice David Souter. She has represented and advised fan fiction websites in disputes with copyright and trademark owners and currently serves on the OTW's Legal committee.

Tushnet also writes the widely-followed 43(B)log, which reports on current IP cases, issues, conferences, and debates.


Legal Analysis

Her publications on fan fiction and fan culture are extensive; a selection is below.

  • Organization for Transformative Works submits comments on remix to PTO/NTIA (2013)
  • Hybrid Vigor: Mashups, Cyborgs, and Other Necessary Monsters, 6 I/S: J. L. & POL. INFO. SOC. 1 (2010).
  • Economies of Desire: Fair Use and Marketplace Assumptions, 51 WM. & MARY L. REV 513 (2009).
  • User-Generated Discontent: Transformation in Practice, 31 COLUM. J.L. & ARTS 110 (2008).
  • Payment in Credit: Copyright Law and Subcultural Creativity, 70 L. & CONTEMP. PROBS. 135 (2007)
  • Copyright Law, Fan Practices, and the Rights of the Author, in FANDOM: IDENTITIES AND COMMUNITIES IN A MEDIATED WORLD (Jon Grey et al. eds., 2007) (NYU Press).
  • My Fair Ladies: Sex, Gender, and Fair Use in Copyright, 15 AM. U. J. GENDER, SOC. POL’Y & L. 273 (2007)
  • Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It, 114 YALE L.J. 535 (2004)
  • Legal Fictions: Copyright, Fan Fiction, and a New Common Law, 17 LOY. L.A. ENT. L.J. 651 (1997)