Joseph P. Liu is a Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where he writes
and teaches in the areas of copyright, trademark, property, and internet law. His main
area of academic research is on the impact of digital technology on copyright law and
markets, with a particular focus on how digital technology is changing the way
individuals interact with copyrighted works. 

Professor Liu has published extensively on copyright law issues in many law journals,
including the Michigan Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Boston College Law Review,
and Indiana Law Journal. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and in Asia, at
institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, U.C. Berkeley, Georgetown, M.I.T., and Tsinghua
University in Beijing. He is the co-author (with Professor Alfred Yen) of the casebook,
Copyright Law: Essential Cases and Materials (West 2008). 

Prior to joining the Boston College Law School faculty in 2001, Professor Liu was an
Assistant Professor at U.C. Hastings College of Law (2000-01) and a Climenko Teaching
Fellow at Harvard Law School (1997-98). Professor Liu previously practiced in Boston at
Foley Hoag & Eliot, where he specialized in intellectual property litigation,
securities litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He also served for several
years as Vice President and General Counsel to, a venture-backed,
business-to-business internet start-up company. He has consulted on a number of cases
involving copyright law and digital technology. 

Professor Liu clerked for the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit (1994-95). He received his B.A. in Physics and Philosophy in 1989
from Yale University, and his J.D. in 1994 from Columbia Law School, where he was
Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. He also earned an L.L.M. from Harvard
University in 1999. 



The New Public Domain, Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2011)

In 1998, Congress extended the term of copyright protection, giving existing copyrighted works an additional...



Sports Merchandising, Publicity Rights, and the Missing Role of the Sports Fan, Boston College Law Review (2011)

Sports fans play a tremendously important role in the success and popularity of sports teams...



Toward a Defense of Fair Use Enablement, or How U.S. Copyright Law is Hurting My Daughter, Journal, Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (2010)

This Essay uses a personal anecdote to highlight a gap in current copyright law. Under...



Two-Factor Fair Use?, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2008)


Copyright and Breathing Space, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2007)

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, copyright law's fair use and idea/expression doctrines are "built-in...




Copyright Law: Essential Cases and Materials (with Alfred C. Yen) (2011)
Statutory Supplement to Copyright Law: Essential Cases and Materials (with Alfred C. Yen), Alfred C. Yen (2009)

Contributions to Books


Paracopyright: A Peculiar Right to Control Access, Intellectual Property at the Edge: The Contested Contours of IP (2014)

Selected Professional Activities

Keynote Address, What Belongs in Copyright?, Copyright Outside the Box, Columbia Law School (2015)
Notice Failure, Fair Use, and the Limits of Property, Notice and Notice Failure in Intellectual Property Law, Boston University Law School (2015)
ISP Liability Under U.S. Copyright Law, Tsinghua University School of Law (2013)
Appointed Associate Dean for Faculty in 2012, Boston College Law School (2012)