Chris Sprigman is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy, and comparative constitutional law. His scholarship focuses on how legal rules affect innovation and the deployment of new technologies. Sprigman received his B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, graduating with honors in 1993. At Chicago he served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. Following graduation, Sprigman clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Justice Lourens H. W. Ackermann of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Sprigman also taught at the law school of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 1999 to 2001, Sprigman served as Appellate Counsel in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on U.S. v. Microsoft, among other matters. Sprigman then joined the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding LLP, where he was elected a partner. In 2003, Sprigman left law practice to become a Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School. Sprigman joined the UVA law faculty in 2005.
It's almost midnight here on the east coast, but I'm wide awake -- happily -- because I have some truly *great* news to report. The 10th Circuit just handed down its ruling in the appeal of Golan v. Gonzales. And we have won! The First Amendment lives! (at least in the 10th Circuit). Read more » about Golan v. Gonzales -- The First Amendment Lives!
Some sad news to report: the 9th Circuit has rejected constitutional challenges to the copyright laws in *Kahle v. Gonzales*. The opinion is here. Sad, yes, but also positively maddening, for reasons I will explain shortly. Read more » about 9th Circuit rejects constitutional challenge to copyright laws in Kahle v. Gonzales
Kahle vs. Gonzales (formerly Kahle v. Ashcroft) has now been briefed to the Ninth Circuit. Appellants' brief. Government opposition. Appellants' reply brief. We haven't received a date yet for oral argument. Read more about the case here. Read more » about Kahle v. Gonzales now briefed to Ninth Circuit
Kahle vs. Gonzales (formerly Kahle vs. Ashcroft) has now been briefed to the Ninth Circuit. Appellants' brief. Government opposition. Appellants' reply brief. We haven't received a date yet for oral argument. Read more about the case here. Read more » about Kahle v. Gonzales now briefed to the Ninth Circuit
In this case, two archives challenged statutes that extended copyright terms unconditionally—the Copyright Renewal Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA)—as unconstitutional under Copyright Clause and the First Amendment. Read more » about Kahle v. Gonzales
When, in 2011, Oprah Winfrey asked Ralph Lauren how he “keeps reinventing,” Mr. Lauren answered: “You copy. Forty-five years of copying; that’s why I’m here.” Mr. Lauren, a Jewish kid from the Bronx who built a spectacular career reinterpreting the look of the old WASP aristocracy, was at least partly joking. But what made the quip funny was the fact that knockoffs are — and always have been — a pervasive part of fashion. Read more » about Piracy Fuels the Fashion Industry
In their essay “Fake It Till You Make It” (July/August 2013), Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman urged the United States to “relax” when it comes to the flagrant disregard for intellectual property laws in China. The authors make two essential arguments: first, that the United States in its early days, like China today, was a “pirate nation,” and second, that copying drove the United States’ economic growth. Read more » about How to Copy Right
A newly declassified opinion shows FISA court “oversight” in the face of egregious, unconstitutional and potentially criminal government misconduct means nothing. Read more » about FISA Court Rolls Over, Plays Dead
For the full profile of CIS Affiliate Scholar Christopher Sprigman, visit NYU Law Magazine.
One afternoon last October when Christopher Sprigman heard that the provocative British graffiti artist Banksy was staging a street performance in nearby Union Square, he rushed out to join the crowds and snapped photos of a giant fiberglass Ronald McDonald having his oversize clown shoes shined by a street urchin. Read more » about Introducing Christopher Sprigman
"“Everyone’s opinion is predictable,” said Christopher Sprigman, who teaches copyright law at NYU. “Everyone’s opinion is really just about getting more money and the public interest doesn’t appear, principles don’t appear. There is no real principle that drives this, it’s basically just a bunch of people fighting over money.”" Read more » about US music copyright: 'It’s basically just a bunch of people fighting over money'
""It's a bad interpretation of the statute," Christopher Sprigman, a law professor at New York University, told Mashable. "This is just another instance of U.S. government policies that cause people to question the security of the data that they've have stored with U.S. companies," Sprigman said." Read more » about Microsoft Fights U.S. Government Over Rights to Data on Foreign Servers
"“I was wondering if it was evil or stupid,” New York University Law Prof. Christopher Sprigman said. “I realized I didn’t have to decide — it’s both.”
No corporation could force pi to stand in for their brand like the swoosh does for Nike, because it’s already part of the everyday language, he said — people see the symbol and think of the math constant, not Ingrisano’s clothes.
“Trademark law is a dangerous thing,” Sprigman said. “It gets taken too far a lot, and this is one of those cases.”" Read more » about Brooklyn entrepreneur says he's receiving death threats for using the pi symbol to brand his clothing line
"“The problem the court faces is that if they want to say that Aereo is violating the law, they have to explain how it’s different from Cablevision or, more generally, cloud computing,” says Christopher Sprigman, a professor at the New York University School of Law, who isn’t involved in the case." Read more » about Aereo's Legal Battles Rest on the Meaning of 'Public Performance'
"The Supreme Court sides with the big television networks and rules that Barry Diller's start-up Aereo violates existing copyright law. Christopher Sprigman, a professor at New York University School of Law, joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero to discuss."
"The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six trademark registrations held by the Washington Redskins. Today's ruling determined the football teams trademark name is disparaging to Native Americans and unfit for federal registration. But as Hansi Lo Wang of NPR's Code Switch team reports, the team still owns the Redskins name and can continue to use it.
HANSI LO WANG,: Let's be clear. Says intellectual property law professor Christopher Sprigman of New York University, today's ruling does not mean Washington's football team has lost its trademarks." Read more » about Ruling On Redskins' Trademarks Carries Symbolic Weight