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Dotan Oliar

Professor of Law
S.J.D., Harvard Law School, 2007
LL.M., (waived) Harvard Law School, 2001
LL.B., Tel Aviv University, 1999
B.A., Tel Aviv University, 1999

Dotan Oliar joined the faculty in 2007. His areas of interest include intellectual property, law and economics, property theory and cyberlaw.

Oliar received his LL.B. and B.A. from Tel-Aviv University, and clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court. His S.J.D. dissertation advances a new understanding of the U.S. Constitution’s intellectual property clause. His LL.M. thesis — an economic analysis of the fair use doctrine on the Internet — won the Harvard Law School Irving Oberman Award for Best Essay on The Internet and the Law. He served as a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Olin Center for Law and Economics.

Oliar has presented in several fora, including the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the annual meetings of the American, Canadian and European law and economics associations, and the intellectual property scholars conference.

Oliar was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in 2010-11.

Recent News

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The Federal Intellectual Property Power, in American Governance. Ed. Stephen L. Schechter. 5 vols. Detroit: Macmillan (forthcoming).

Copyright Registrations: Who, What, When, Where, and Why" (with Nate Pattison and Ross Powell) 92 Tex. L. Rev. 2211 (2014).

"Copyright Preregistration: Evidence and Lessons from the First Seven Years, 2005-2012" (with Nicholas Matich) 55 Ariz. L. Rev. 1073 (2013).
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“The Copyright-Innovation Trade-Off: Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Intentional Infliction of Harm”, 64 Stan. L. Rev. 951 (2012).
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"Intellectual Property Norms in Stand-Up Comedy" (with Chris Sprigman), in Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi & Martha Woodmansee, eds.,
Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective 385 (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

"The (Constitutional) Convention on IP: A New Reading," 57 UCLA L. Rev. 421 (2009).
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From Corn to Norms: How IP Entitlements Affect What Stand-Up Comedians Create (with Chris Sprigman), 95 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 57 (2009).

There’s No Free Laugh (Anymore): The Emergence of Intellectual Property Norms and the Transformation of Stand-Up Comedy" (with Chris Sprigman), 94 Va. L. Rev. 1789 (2008).
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“Alternatives to the Copyright Power: The Relationship of the Copyright Clause to the Commerce Clause and the Treaty Power” (panelist), 30 Colum. J.L. & Arts 287 (2007).
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"Resolving Conflicts among Congress’s Powers Regarding Statutes’ Constitutionality: The Case of Anti-Bootlegging Statutes," 30 Colum. J.L. & Arts 467 (2007).

"Making Sense of the Intellectual Property Clause: Promotion of Progress as a Limitation on Congress's Intellectual Property Power," 94 Geo. L.J. 1771 (2006).
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"Incentives to Create Under a 'Lifetime-Plus-Years' Copyright Duration: Lessons from a Behavioral Economic Analysis for Eldred v. Ashcroft" (with Avishalom Tor), 36 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 437 (2002).
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    • Intellectual Property: A Survey of Patent, Copyright, Trademark
    • Intellectual Property: Copyright
    • Introduction to Law and Economics
    • Intellectual Property Law Policy (seminar)
    • Advanced Issues in IP Policy (short course)
    • Seminar in Ethical Values