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About Joseph P. Liu

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.


Present Professor, Boston College Law School

Curriculum Vitae


  • Fall 2016: Intellectual Property Survey, Copyright
  • Spring 2017: Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

Contact Information

Professor of Law
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Office Location:
East Wing 313


Articles (16)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (1)

On Video (2)

Selected Professional Activities (17)