Virgin Records America, Inc v. Thomas

Filing 155

Amended MOTION for Leave to File a Brief Amici Curiae by Copyright law professors. (Cox, Prentiss)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CAPITOL RECORDS INC., A Delaware corporation, et al., Plaintiffs, v. JAMMIE THOMAS, Defendant. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------AMENDED MOTION FOR PERMISSION TO FILE A BRIEF AMICI CURIAE OF COPYRIGHT LAW PROFESSORS IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT Amici consist of tenured and tenure-track professors at American law schools. We teach and write in the field of intellectual property law generally and copyright law in particular. We have no stake in the outcome of this case, but we are interested in assisting this Court to interpret the law in a way that is consistent with the intent of Congress as expressed in the Copyright Act. We believe that we would be able to present a clear explanation of the relevant legal principles at issue in this and other cases involving similar fact patterns. In particular, our expertise as scholars in the field of copyright law may provide some useful background in copyright law--for example, concerning the relationship between the concepts of publication and distribution--that may be of assistance to the Court in deciding this case. Civil File No. 06-1497 (MJD/RLE) The copyright professors who seek to file a brief amici curiae in this matter are as follows: Olufunmilayo B. Arewa Associate Professor Northwestern University School of Law Annemarie Bridy Associate Professor of Law University of Idaho College of Law Michael W. Carroll Professor of Law Villanova University School of Law Ralph D. Clifford Professor of Law Southern New England School of Law Thomas F. Cotter Briggs & Morgan Professor of Law Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow University of Minnesota Law School Jon M. Garon Dean and Professor of Law Hamline University School of Law Stephen McJohn Professor of Law Suffolk University Law School Tyler T. Ochoa Professor of Law High Technology Law Institute Santa Clara University School of Law Malla Pollack Professor of Law Barkley School of Law Niels B. Schaumann Professor of Law William Mitchell College of Law 2 Christopher Sprigman Associate Professor University of Virginia School of Law Title and affiliations of each person are included for identification purposes only. This amended motion has been filed in accord with the Court's Order filed June 9, 2008 extending the briefing schedule in this matter. This amended motion includes two additional law professors with copyright expertise not listed in our motion filed on June 13, 2008. The proposed amici brief of the copyright professors was filed with our motion of June 13, 2008 and is incorporated by reference herewith. Respectfully submitted, Date: 6/19/2008 By: ___s/Prentiss Cox________________ Prentiss Cox Associate Professor of Clinical Law University of Minnesota Law School Attorney for Amici Curiae Law Professors Attorney Registration No. 218844 190 Mondale Hall 229 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455 Phone: (612) 625-6810 Fax: (612) 624-5771 3

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