IIPSJ IP and Social Justice Library

To advance the goals of the Institute, IIPSJ has created an online library about inclusion and empowerment through intellectual property law and through exploitation of intellectual property.

The library is intended to serve several diverse audiences including in paritcular people in underserved and historically marginalized communities, people and organizations working to empower those groups, policy makers, and academics.

As the library is developed, it will include several components:

  1. Academic and scholarly articles on social-justice aware perspectives on IP issues
  2. Policy position papers from IIPSJ and others
  3. Resources in the nature of "how-to" pamphlets and articles for free download and distribution and links to other informational websites
  4. FAQ

A number of scholarly articles on issues relating to IP and social justice are available through the links below. Most are in pdf form, available from the IIPSJ website itself. For a few, authors gave permission only to post links to their other online locations. The latter often are more cumbersome to obtain than those directly available from IIPSJ. . The library includes articles from IIPSJ's first academic symposium as well as other articles

IIPSJ has posted a number of policy position papers which can be used as resources concerning the social justice perspective on various IP developments and issues.



Margaret Chon, Intellectual Property “From Below”: Copyright and Capability for Education, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 803 (2007).

Katharina de la Durantaye, H Is For Harmonization: The Google Book Search Settlement and Orphan Works Legislation in the European Union, 55 N.Y.L.S. L. Rev. 157 (2010)

James Grimmelmann, D Is for Digitize: An Introduction, 55 N.Y.L.S. L. Rev. 11 (2010)

Steven D. Jamar, Copyright and the Public Interest from the Perspective of Brown v. Board of Education, 48 How. L.J. 629 (2005)

Steven D. Jamar, Crafting Copyright Law to Encourage and Protect User-Generated Content in the Internet Social Networking Context, 19 Widener L.J. 843-872 (2010)

Bernard Lang, Orphan Works and the Google Book Search Settlement: An International Perspective, 55 N.Y.L.S. L. Rev. 111 (2010)

Mary Murrell, Digital + Library: Mass Book Digitization as Collective Inquiry, 55 N.Y.L.S. L. Rev. 251 (2010)

Matthew Sag, The Google Book Settlement and the Fair Use Counterfactual, 55 N.Y.L.S. L. Rev. 19 (2010)

Daniel Reetz, The Why in DIY Book Scanning, 55 N.Y.L.S. L. Rev. 251 (2010)

Christopher A. Suarez, Continued DOJ Oversight of the Google Book Search Settlement: Defending Our Public Values and Protecting Competition, 55 N.Y.L.S. L. Rev. 175 (2010)


Cultural Heritage

Jane Anderson, Ph.D, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property, Duke University School of Law Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Issues Paper (2010).

Danielle Conway-Jones, Safeguarding Hawaiian Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Heritage:  Supporting the casino uk Right to Self-Determination and Preventing the Commodification of Culture, 48 How. L.J. 737 (2005)

Jon Garon, Localism as a Production Imperative: An Alternative Framework to Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage and Expressions of Folklore, Presented at Bits Without Borders – Law, Communications & Transnational Culture Flow in the Digital Age, Michigan State University College of Law (2010).

R. Hokulei Lindsey, Responsibility and Accountability:  The Birth of a Strategy to Protect Kanaka Maoli Traditional Knowledge, 48 How. L.J. 763 (2005) 

Stephen M. McJohn & Lorie Graham, Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property, 19 Wash. Univ. J. of L. & Pol'y 313 (2006).


Jim Chen, There's No Such Thing as Biopiracy . . . And It's a Good Thing Too, 37 McGeorge L. Rev. 1 (2006). http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=781824

Margaret Chon, Intellectual Property and the Development Divide, 27 Cardozo L. Rev. 2821 (2006).

Shubha Ghosh, The Fable of The Commons: Exclusivity and the Construction of Intellectual Property Markets, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 855 (2007).

Stuart P. Green, Plagiarism, Norms, And The Limits Of Theft Law: Some Observations On The Use Of Criminal Sanctions In Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights, 54 Hast. L.J. 167 (2002).

Laurence R. Helfer, Toward a Human Rights Framework for Intellectual Property, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 971 (2007).

Laurence R. Helfer, The New Innovation Frontier? Intellectual Property and the European Court of Human Rights, 49 Harvard Int. L. J 1 (2008).

Steven D. Jamar, Copyright and the Public Interest from the Perspective of Brown v. Board of Education, 48 How. L.J. 629 (2005)

Bryan Christopher Mercurio, Growth and Development: Economic and Legal Conditions, Univ. of New South Wales L.J, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 437-476 (2007).

Bryan Christopher Mercurio, Reconceptualising the Debate on Intellectual Property Rights and Economic Development, The Law and Development Review: Vol. 3: No. 1, Article 3.

Lateef Mtima, Introduction to the 2005 IIPSJ Symposium, 48 How. L.J. 571 (2005)

Dotan Oliar & Christopher Jon Sprigman, There's No Free Laugh (Anymore): The Emergence of Intellectual Property Norms and the Transformation of Stand-Up Comedy, 94 Vir. L. Rev. 8 (Dec. 2008).

Madhavi Sunder, IP3, 59 Stan. L. Rev. 257 (Nov. 2006).Copyright Clearance Center at 978-750-8400 – payment of $3.50 per request

Robert H. Wright, Today's Scandal Can Be Tomorrow's Vogue:  Why Section 2(A) of the Lanham Act is Unconstitutionally Void for Vagueness, 48 How. L.J. 659 (2005)

Peter K. Yu, Reconceptualizing Intellectual Property Interests In A Human Rights Framework, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1039 (2007).http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=927335


Racquel C. Callender (student author), Harmonizing Interests on the Internet:  Online Users and the Music Industry, 48 How. L.J. 787 (2005)


Simone A. Rose, On Purple Pills, Stem Cells, and Other Market Failures: A Case for a Limited Compulsory Licensing Scheme for Patent Property, 48 How. L.J. 579 (2005)

Jonathan Kahn, J.D., Ph.D., What's The Use? Law And Authority In Patenting Human Genetic Material, 14 Stan. L. & Pol'y Rev. 417 (2003).Must call Copyright Clearance Center at 978-750-8400 – payment of $3.50 per request

Kenneth D. Bassinger, Unsettled Expectations in Patent Law:  Festo and the Moving Target of Claim Equivalence, 48 How. L.J. 685 (2005)


Robert H. Wright, Today's Scandal Can Be Tomorrow's Vogue:  Why Section 2(A) of the Lanham Act is Unconstitutionally Void for Vagueness, 48 How. L.J. 659 (2005)

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