Class of 1966 Research 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.
In the Media
- "How Supreme Court Ruling Affects Aereo, the Cloud, and You" (CNET, 06/26/2014)
- "Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo" (Inside Cville, 06/25/2014)
- "UVA Professors: Redskins Trademark Ruling Could Be Hard to Fight" (The Daily Progress, 06/24/2014)
- The Docket: Discussion on the Aereo Case (KUCI-FM , 04/28/2014)
- Soundboard (WTJU, 04/24/2014)
- "Why the Aereo Supreme Court case over TV’s future is too tough to call" (CNet, 04/21/2014)
- "The Humor Code: Who owns a joke? And can a comedian sue if someone steals his material?" (Slate, 03/31/2014)
- "Standup Comedy and the Rise of an Informal Intellectual Property Regime" (Bloomberg BNA, 06/26/2012)
- "Comedians Stand Up to Joke Thieves Without Lawyers" (Bloomberg Law, 01/10/2012)
- Discussing Comedy and Copyright (with Chris Sprigman) ("Q", Canadian Broadcasting Network, 04/21/2010)
- "Take My Joke, Please" (National Public Radio, 04/09/2010)
- "Fighting Over Punch Lines" (University of Virginia Magazine, 08/01/2009)
- "The Law of Comedy" (WVTF, 12/31/2008)
- "That Ain't Right!": Comics rely on social norms to punish and deter the
theft of jokes. Are there lessons here?
(with Chris Sprigman) (IP Law and Business - 2008 Almanac, 12/01/2008)