Pamela Samuelson

Professor of Law, Berkeley School of Law
Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley
BIDS Faculty Affiliate

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Pamela Samuelson

Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School where she teaches copyright law and a course on regulating internet platforms. From 1996 to 2008, she was also a faculty member of the School of Information where she taught classes about information law and policy, open source software, and the law and economics of intellectual property. She teaches and writes extensively about challenges that digital technologies pose for legal regimes, particularly intellectual property laws, and about how existing laws can be adapted to meet those challenges. She is a Faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology as well as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Contributing Editor of the Association for Computing Machinery, a member of the CITRIS Policy Lab Advisory Board, and a co-liaison with Susan Graham of the public interest technology initiative at CDSS.

Her most cited articles include High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System:  Results of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey (Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 24, 4 (2009), 1255) with Stuart J.H. Graham, Robert P. Merges, & Ted Sichelman; A Manifesto Concerning the Legal Protection of Computer Programs, (Columbia Law Review, 94, 8 (1994), 2308) co-authored with Randall Davis, Mitchell Kapor, and J.H. Reichman;  The Law and Economics of Reverse Engineering (Yale Law Journal, 111, 7 (2002), 1575) with Suzanne Scotchmer; and Privacy as Intellectual Property? (Stanford Law Review, 52, 5 (2000), 1125). Her most recent publications are Interfaces and Interoperability After Google v. Oracle (Texas Law Review, 100, 1 (2021)) with Mark A. Lemley, and Pushing Back on Stricter Copyright ISP Liability Rules (Michigan Technology Law Review, 27, 299 (2021)).

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