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Professor James BoyleJames Boyle
William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law

Theft: A History of Music

In this Duke Law Livestream, Professor James Boyle will present some of his research on creativity, and in particular on the history of music. In this case, the research led to an unusual publication – a comic book called Theft: A History of Music (with Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Duke Law ’97). You can download it here. In this informal session, Professor Boyle will explain the choice of format, and give musical and visual explanations of the conclusions they came to about creativity, culture and the role that law has to play in it all. 

Professor Deborah A. DeMottDeborah A. DeMott
David F. Cavers Professor of Law

Looking Beyond the Easel

Should a visual artist share in the gain when a collector sells a work for more than its purchase price? Artists based in major art-market jurisdictions—with the exception of the United States and China—now have statutory resale or royalty rights (typically capped at a relatively low amount). Debates over resale rights have been shaped by often-unstated assumptions about the creation of works of art, their critical and historical assessment, and their reception in art markets that ignore the roles of institutions in defining artistic achievement, instead treating outcomes as the necessary consequence of an immutable order. Distinct institutions can reinforce each others’ effects to the disadvantage of artists who are women; the vulnerability to error of interlocked institutions can assure that artists of merit remain in obscurity. Focusing as well on the context in which artists work encompasses the role that an artist’s family and life partners in particular in the artist’s ability to realize work. Although artists’ life partners are not co-authors of work, they make sustained contributions to the artist’s ability to work. As a consequence, a resale right should not terminate with the artist’s death.

Professor Nita FarahanyNita A. Farahany
Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law
Professor of Philosophy

Program details coming soon.

Professor Gina-Gail FletcherGina-Gail S. Fletcher
Professor of Law

The Rise of the Retail Investor

Historically, retail traders have not wielded significant influence in the financial markets. Recently, the tide has turned. Retail investors have steadily increased their footprint and today are responsible for approximately one-quarter of all trading in the markets. With the introduction of zero commission trading, greater numbers of everyday individuals are buy and selling stocks at previously unseen levels as trading becomes cheaper and more accessible. While this era of improved market democratization is laudable, it exposes tensions and fault lines in the functioning, regulation, and stability of the markets. As retail investors increase, questions arise as to the future of the markets, who the markets serve, and whether market accessibility can exist alongside efficiency, integrity, and stability. Using the recent GameStop frenzy to frame the discussion, this session will explore the pressing practical, policy, and regulatory ramifications that accompany the rise of the retail investor in the financial markets.

Professor Brandon GarrettBrandon L. Garrett
L. Neil Williams, Jr. Professor of Law
Director, Wilson Center for Science and Justice

Program details coming soon

Professor H. Timothy Lovelace

H. Timothy Lovelace
John Hope Franklin Research Scholar
Professor of Law

Civil Rights as Human Rights

Professor H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr. will preview his forthcoming book, "The World is on Our Side: the U.S. and the U.N. Race Convention." The United Nations Race Convention, the world's most comprehensive treaty on race, contains many provisions that mirror U.S. civil rights law and policy. This is not an accident. In 1964, as the U.N. was drafting the Race Convention, the U.S. was drafting the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the primary drafters of the Race Convention were U.S. lawyers who also helped to draft the Civil Rights Act. Join Professor Lovelace for a discussion of how the U.S. civil rights movement influenced international human rights law--and the implications of this history for today's movements for racial justice.

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