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The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts was established to contribute to a broader understanding of the legal aspects of creative works of authorship, including their dissemination and use.

2024 Awards for Excellence in Intellectual Property Studies

The Carroll G. Harper Prize, awarded to members of the graduating class who have attained the highest standards of achievement in intellectual property studies and writing, is presented to Lily Henderson and Matt Tracy

The Michael D. Remer Memorial Award, presented by the Kernochan Center to a graduating student whose activities and academic achievements demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for the fields of art and copyright law, is awarded to Anne Diamond

The Andrew D. Fried Memorial Prize, given annually for the best student essay on a subject in the field of intellectual property and related law published in the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts during the preceding year, is awarded to Margalit Zimand, for "Deconstructing the Blueprint for Infringement: Remedying Flawed Interpretations of the § 120(a) Exception to Architecture Copyrights." 

Congratulations to our 2024 prize winners!

The annual ELI Writing Contest challenges law students to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the music industry today and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. A nationwide panel of music law experts judge the papers in a blind process to select one winner and two runners-up.  For more information, please visit the Entertainment Law Initiative site and read the official rules, including information on the scholarships and other prizes.  Manuscripts and accompanying paperwork are due November 8, 2024.

Spring Lunch Lectures Conclude

The last talk of the Kernochan Center's Spring Speaker Series was "Copyright Protection for AI Art," with speaker Professor Pablo Ignacio Fernandez Carballo Calero, Full Professor of Commercial Law at University of Vigo (Spain) and Academic Counsel at HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER Madrid.  Professor Carballo discussed his recently published book, 25 Things You Should Know About Artificial Intelligence Art and Copyright, nominated for 2023 Best Copyright Law Book by the IPKat blog.

36th Annual Manges Lecture: Litigating Fair Use

Headshot of Ms. Cendali

On Monday, March 25, Dale Cendali of Kirkland & Ellis delivered the Horace S. Manges Lecture.  Ms. Cendali discussed the litigators’ role in shaping the legal doctrine by developing the facts of a given case and establishing its ties to existing law.  She concluded with some brief thoughts on current issues in litigating fair use, including the increased focus on the second factor, the greater attention now being paid to the role of juries in deciding fair use, and how artificial intelligence is affecting the legal landscape. 

Video is now available on our Manges Lecture page.

Symposium: Protecting Cultural Property: The 1954 Hague Convention at 70

The Kernochan Center hosted a symposium celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, the 25th Anniversary of its Second Protocol, and the 15th Anniversary of US Ratification.  The symposium was co-sponsored by the US Committee of the Blue Shield

Video is now available on the symposium page.