Peter Jaszi

Professor of Law
Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic

Office: Room 394
Phone: 202-274-4216
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Peter Jaszi teaches domestic and international copyright law, as well as law and literature. He also directs the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and helped to establish the Program on Intellectual Property and Information Justice. Professor Jaszi is a frequent speaker to professional audiences in the United States and abroad. With Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer and Tyler Ochoa, he co-authors a standard copyright textbook, Copyright Law (Lexis, 7th ed., 2006). Alone and with Martha Woodmansee, he has written several articles on copyright history and theory; together they edited The Construction of Authorship, published by Duke University Press. In 1994, Professor Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit, and in 1995 he was an organizer of the Digital Future Coalition. He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. In 2007, he received the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award, and in 2009 the Intellectual Property Section of the District of Columbia Bar honored him as the year’s Champion of Intellectual Property. Since 2005, Professor Jaszi has been working with Professor Patricia Aufderheide of the American University’s Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators. In 2006-07, he led an interdisciplinary research team, funded by the Ford Foundation,that investigated the connections between intellectual law and the traditional arts in Indonesia. He currently serves on the board of ITVS, an important funder of documentary film projects. For the years 2009-2010, Professor Jaszi is serving as the Intellectual Property Scholar of the Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland University College.



Areas of Specialization

  • White Collar Crime
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1971
  • A.B., Harvard University 1968

  • + Selected Publications

    • Books

    • Peter Jaszi, C. Joyce, M. Laeffer, & W. Patry, Copyright Law (Matthew Bender & Co., 3d ed., 1994).
    • Peter Jaszi, D. Aaronson, B. Hoff, N. Kittrie and D. Saari, The New Justice: Alternatives to Conventional Criminal Adjudication (Govt. Printing Off. 1977).
    • Other Publications

    • Christine Haight Farley, Peter Jaszi, Victoria Phillips, Joshua Sarnoff, & Ann Shalleck, Clinical Legal Education and the Public Interest in Intellectual Property Law, 52 St. Louis U. L.J. 735 (2008).
    • Peter Jaszi, S. Carle, A. Shalleck, & M. Valdez, Experience As Text: The History of Externship Pedagogy at the Washington College of Law, American University, 5 Clin. L. Rev. 403 (1999).
    • Peter Jaszi, Is This the End of Copyright as We Know It?, in Nordisk Forum for Bibliotekschefer (NORDIFO 1998).
    • Peter Jaszi & M. Woodmensee, The Law of Texts: Copyright in the Academy, 57 College English 769 (1995).
    • Peter Jaszi, Authorship and New Technologies from the Viewpoint of the Common Law Traditions, in WIPO Worldwide Symposium on the Future of Copyright and Neighboring Rights (World Intell. Prop. Org. 1994).
    • Peter Jaszi & M. Woodmansee, The Author Effect: Contemporary Copyright and Collective Creativity (Editor's Introduction), 10 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 274 (1992).
    • Peter Jaszi, Section 505 and All That - The Defendant's Delimma, 55 L. & Contemp. Probs. 107 (1992).
    • Peter Jaszi, A Garland of Reflections on Three International Copyright Topics, 8 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L. J. 47 (1990).
    • Peter Jaszi, Virtual Reality, Appropriation, and Property Rights in Art: A Roundtable Discussion, 13 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L. J. 89 (1989).
    • Peter Jaszi, Victim Interests in Anti-Terroristic Legal and Law Enforcement Policy, in Dimensions of Victimization in the Control of Terroristic Acts (Centre International de Criminologi 1977).
  • + Selected Works in Progress

    • Peter Jaszi & M. Woodmansee, The Ethical Reaches of Authorship, __ S. A. Q. __ (forthcoming).
  • + Selected Honors & Awards

    • Intellectual Property Section of the District of Columbia Bar Champion of Intellectual Property ( 2009).
    • American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award ( 2007).