Julie E. Cohen

Mark Claster Mamolen Professor of Law and Technology

A.B., Harvard-Radcliffe; J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Communications and Technology Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Privacy

Professor Cohen teaches and writes about copyright, information privacy regulation, and the governance of information and communication networks.  She is...

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Professor Cohen teaches and writes about copyright, information privacy regulation, and the governance of information and communication networks.  She is the author of Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, 2012) and a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business, 3d ed. 2010), and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  Prior to joining the Law Center faculty in 1999, Professor Cohen was Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  She previously practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation.  She was law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Featured Scholarship

  • Julie E. Cohen, Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Configuring the Networked Citizen, in Imagining New Legalities: Privacy and Its Possibilities in the 21st Century 129-153 (Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas & Martha Merrill Umphrey eds., Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, What Privacy Is For, 126 Harv. L. Rev. 1904-1933 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Irrational Privacy?, 10 J. Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 241-249 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Copyright as Property in the Post-Industrial Economy: A Research Agenda, 2011 Wis. L. Rev. 141-165.    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
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All Scholarship 1995 - Present

Books

  • Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth L. Okediji & Maureen A. O'Rourke, Copyright in a Global Information Economy (New York: Wolters Kluwer 4th ed. 2015 & Supp. 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth L. Okediji & Maureen A. O'Rourke, Copyright in a Global Information Economy (New York: Aspen Publishers 3d ed. 2010 & Supp. 2010-2013).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth Gana Okediji & Maureen O'Rourke, Copyright in a Global Information Economy (New York: Aspen Law & Business 2d ed. 2006 & Supp. 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth Gana Okediji & Maureen O'Rourke, Copyright in a Global Information Economy (New York: Aspen Law & Business 2002 & Supp. 2003).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Julie E. Cohen, The Regulatory State in the Information Age, 17 Theoretical Inq. L. 369-414 (2016).    [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Property as Institutions for Resources: Lessons from and for IP, 94 Tex. L. Rev. 1-57 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Studying Law Studying Surveillance, 13 Surveillance & Soc'y 91-101 (2015).    [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, The Zombie First Amendment, 56 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1119-1158 (2015).    [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, What Kind of Property Is Intellectual Property?, 52 Hous. L. Rev. 691-707 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, What Privacy Is For, 126 Harv. L. Rev. 1904-1933 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Introduction: Intellectual Property (and Markets): An Enduring Concern, 100 Geo. L.J. 2051-2053 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Irrational Privacy?, 10 J. Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 241-249 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Power/play: Discussion of Configuring the Networked Self, 6 Jerusalem Rev. Legal Stud. 137-149 (2012).    [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Copyright as Property in the Post-Industrial Economy: A Research Agenda, 2011 Wis. L. Rev. 141-165.    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, The Inverse Relationship Between Secrecy and Privacy, 77 Soc. Res. 883-898 (2010).    [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Privacy, Visibility, Transparency, and Exposure, 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 181-201 (2008) (reprinted in Security and Privacy 35-55 (Joseph Savirimuthu ed., Farnham, Eng.: Ashgate 2015)).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Cyberspace As/And Space, 107 Colum. L. Rev. 210-256 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Network Stories, 70:2 Law & Contemp. Probs. 91-95 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Creativity and Culture in Copyright Theory, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1151-1205 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Pervasively Distributed Copyright Enforcement, 95 Geo. L.J. 1-48 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Comment: Copyright's Public-Private Distinction, 55 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 963-970 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, The Place of the User in Copyright Law, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 347-374 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, The Place of the User in Copyright Law, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 347-374 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, David E. Sorkin & Peter P. Swire, Copyright & Privacy--Through the Privacy Lens, 4 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 273-284 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, DRM and Privacy, 18 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 575-617 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Overcoming Property: Does Copyright Trump Privacy?, 2002 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y 375-383.    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen & Dan L. Burk, Fair Use Infrastructure for Rights Management Systems, 15 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 41-83 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen & Mark A. Lemley, Patent Scope and Innovation in the Software Industry, 89 Cal. L. Rev. 1-57 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Privacy, Ideology, and Technology: A Response to Jeffrey Rosen, 89 Geo. L.J. 2029-2045 (2001) (reviewing Jeffrey Rosen, The Unwanted Gaze (2000)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Copyright and the Perfect Curve, 53 Vand. L. Rev. 1799-1819 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Examined Lives: Informational Privacy and the Subject as Object , 52 Stan. L. Rev. 1373-1438 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Julie E. Cohen, WIPO Copyright Treaty Implementation in the United States: Will Fair Use Survive?, 21 Eur. Intell. Prop. Rev. 236-247 (1999).    [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Lochner in Cyberspace: The New Economic Orthodoxy of “Rights Management”, 97 Mich. L. Rev. 462-563 (1998).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Copyright and The Jurisprudence of Self-Help, 13 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1089-1143 (1998).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Intellectual Privacy and Censorship of the Internet, 8 Seton Hall Const. L.J. 693-701 (1998).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Some Reflections on Copyright Management Systems and Laws Designed to Protect Them, 12 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 161-187 (1997).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, A Right to Read Anonymously: A Closer Look at "Copyright Management" in Cyberspace, 28 Conn. L. Rev. 981-1039 (1996).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Reverse Engineering and the Rise of Electronic Vigilantism: Intellectual Property Implications of “Lock-Out” Programs, 68 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1091-1202 (1995).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Julie E. Cohen, Between Truth and Power, in Information, Freedom and Property: The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of Technology 57-80 (Mireille Hildebrandt & Bibi van den Berg eds., New York: Routledge 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, The Surveillance–Innovation Complex: The Irony of the Participatory Turn, in The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age 207-226 (Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne & Tamar Tembeck eds., Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press 2016).    [SSRN]
  • Julie E. Cohen, The Networked Self in the Modulated Society, in Crossroads in New Media, Identity and Law: The Shape of Diversity To Come 67-79 (Wouter de Been, Payal Arora & Mireille Hildebrandt eds., New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Privacy, Visibility, Transparency, and Exposure, in Security and Privacy 35-55 (Joseph Savirimuthu ed., Farnham, Eng.: Ashgate 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Configuring the Networked Citizen, in Imagining New Legalities: Privacy and Its Possibilities in the 21st Century 129-153 (Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas & Martha Merrill Umphrey eds., Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Copyright and Creativity, in Copyright Future: Copyright Freedom 147-160 (Brian Fitzgerald & Benedict Atkinson eds., Sydney, Austl.: Sydney University Press 2011).   
  • Julie E. Cohen, Examined Lives: Informational Privacy and the Subject as Object, in Law and Society Approaches to Cyberspace 473-538 (Paul Schiff Berman ed., Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Copyright, Commodification, and Culture: Locating the Public Domain, in The Future of the Public Domain: Identifying the Commons in Information Law 121-166 (P. Brent Hugenholtz & Lucie M.C.R. Guibault eds., Frederick, Md.: Kluwer Law International 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, The Challenge of Digital Rights Management Technologies, in The Role of Scientific and Technical Data and Information in the Public Domain: Proceedings of a Symposium 109-116 (Wash., D.C.: The National Academies Press 2003).    [WWW] [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Intellectual Property and the Information Economy, in Cyber Policy and Economics in an Internet Age 95-112 (William Lehr & Lorenzo M. Pupillo eds., Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002).    [BOOK]
  • Julie E. Cohen, Information Rights and Intellectual Freedom, in Ethics and the Internet 11-32 (Anton Vedder ed., Antwerp, Belg.: Intersentia 2001).   
  • Julie E. Cohen & William M. Martin, Intellectual Property Rights in Data, in Information Systems and the Environment 45-55 (Deanna J. Richards, Braden R. Allenby & W. Dale Compton eds., Wash., D.C.: National Academic Press 2001).   
  • Julie E. Cohen, WIPO Treaty Implementation in the United States: Will Fair Use Survive?, in Copyright Elettronico e Licenze Digitali: Dov’è l'Inganno? [Electronic Copyright and Digital Licensing: Where Are the Pitfalls?] 48-57 (Maria Teresa Natale ed., Rome, Italy: ICCU/AIB [Italian Library Association] 2000).   

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Amici Curiae Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Thirty-Six Technical Experts and Legal Scholars in Support of Respondents, City of Los Angeles v. Patel, No. 13-1175 (U.S. Jan. 30, 2015).   
  • Brief of 36 Intellectual Property and Copyright Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent, Am. Broad. Cos. v. Aereo, Inc., No. 13-461 (U.S. Apr. 2, 2014).    [W]
  • Brief of Amici Curiae Electronic Privacy Information Center and Twenty-Six Technical Experts and Legal Scholars in Support of Respondent, Maryland v. King, No. 12-207 (U.S. Feb. 1, 2013).    [W]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Julie E. Cohen, DRM and Privacy, Comm. ACM, Apr. 2003, at 47-49.    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
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In the News

"Is Facebook's Facial-Scanning Technology Invading Your Privacy Rights?," coverage by Bloomberg Technology, October 26, 2016, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

"Facebook, Google Amassing of ‘Faceprints’ Facing Legal Challenges," coverage in Insurance Journal, October 26, 2016, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

Drones can photograph almost anything. But should they?,” coverage in Columbia Journalism Review, April 21, 2016, referencing Professor Julie Cohen and her Harvard Law Review article.

"A looming threat," coverage in The Economist, March 19, 2015, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting,” coverage in The Guardian, March 11, 2015, featuring Professor Julie Cohen.

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"Is Facebook's Facial-Scanning Technology Invading Your Privacy Rights?," coverage by Bloomberg Technology, October 26, 2016, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

"Facebook, Google Amassing of ‘Faceprints’ Facing Legal Challenges," coverage in Insurance Journal, October 26, 2016, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

Drones can photograph almost anything. But should they?,” coverage in Columbia Journalism Review, April 21, 2016, referencing Professor Julie Cohen and her Harvard Law Review article.

"A looming threat," coverage in The Economist, March 19, 2015, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting,” coverage in The Guardian, March 11, 2015, featuring Professor Julie Cohen.

"We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting," coverage in The Guardian, March 11, 2015, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

"Don't like being watched? Keep technology at arm's length," coverage in South China Morning Post, February 2, 2015, mentioning Professor Julie Cohen.

"Storage of electronic trails opens way to a more fearful society," coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald, November 2, 2014, featuring Professor Julie Cohen.

"Eye Spy: Private lives, public web," coverage in Times Live, September 15, 2014, quoting Professor Julie Cohen.

 "Hill Lawyer Runs New Georgetown Law Center on Privacy," coverage in The National Law Journal, July 21, 2014, featuring the Center on Privacy and Technology and Professors Julie Cohen, David Vladeck, Laura Donohue and Angela Campbell.

"Today in Photos (09/24/2013)," The Harvard Crimson, September 24, 2013, featuring Professor Julie Cohen.

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