Practitioner in Residence,
Intellectual Property Law Clinic
Office: Room Y257
Brandon Butler is the Practitioner-in-Residence at the Washington College of Law's Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic.
Before joining WCL, Professor Butler was the Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), an association of 125 academic and research libraries in North America. From September 2009 to July 2013 he worked on a host of issues ranging from fair use to network neutrality to the PATRIOT Act. Working primarily on copyright issues, Butler prepared analysis and commentary on the Google Books Settlement, the Georgia State University e-reserves case, the HathiTrust, orphan works, and a wide range of litigation and legislation. He is a co-facilitator, with Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, of the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, released in January 2012. Butler still collaborates with ARL in support of library issues.
Before ARL, Professor Butler was an associate in the Media and Information Technologies practice group at the Washington, D.C., law firm Dow Lohnes PLLC (now Cooley LLP), where he worked on copyright issues, trademark prosecution, litigation, and corporate transactions involving intellectual property. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was Articles Development Editor at the Journal of Law and Politics, obtained an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Texas, and did his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia.
Degrees & Universities
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
- M.A., University of Texas at Austin
- B.A., University of Georgia (magna cum laude)
- Brief of Beneficent Technologies, Inc. and Learning Ally, Inc. as Amici Curiae Supporting Appellees, Authors Guild v. HaithTrust, 2d Cir. (June 4, 2013).
- Brandon Butler & Jonathan Band, Some Cautionary Tales About Collective Licensing, 21 Mich. St. Intl. L. Rev. 687 (2013).
- Brief of American Library Association et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioners, Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, Inc., __ U.S. __ (2012).
- Brandon Butler & Jonathan Band, Overlapping Forms of Protection for Databases, in Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights (Neil Wilkof & Shamnad Basheer, eds., Oxford U. Press 2012).
Selected Media Appearances
- Metro Pulse, "Legislation Designed to Pay Performers of Pre-1972 Musical Works May Create New Problems Without Solving Old Ones" (The E.W. Scripps Co. 2014) (Interview).
- Brandon Butler & Laura Janemann, What Rights Come with That Movie?, Library J. (Jan. 9, 2014).
- Publisher's Weekly, "The Top 10 Library Stories of 2013" (PWxyz, LLC. Jan. 2, 2014) (Interview).
- The New York Times, "Imagining a Swap Meet for E-Books and Music" (N.Y. Times Mar. 7, 2013) (Interview).
- Publishers Weekly, "Overruled: PW Talks to ARL’s Brandon Butler" (PWxyz, LLC. Nov. 30, 12) (Interview).
- The Situation Room, "Clash of the Entertainment Titans" (CNN Dec. 9, 2011) (Television Interview).