Introducing Guest Blogger Alfred Yen

yen-alfred.jpgIt is my pleasure to introduce Professor Alfred Yen, who will be guest blogging with us for the next few weeks. Alfred is a Professor of Law, Law School Fund Scholar, and Director of the Emerging Enterprises and Business Law Program at Boston College Law School. Before joining the faculty there in 1987, he earned his B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He then practiced in Los Angeles for four years at the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton. Professor Yen also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College Law School from 2000-2002, and as Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Arizona during the spring of 2000.

Since joining the academy, Alfred has written regularly in the area of copyright law and served as counsel of record/lead author for an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 12 copyright scholars in the case of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music Publishing Co. His recent publications address third party liability in copyright, the application of metaphors to the Internet, the tension between free speech and copyright, and the anti-trafficking provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Alfred also has scholarly interests in Asian Americans and law, sports law, and legal theory. He has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Minority Law Teachers Section and was lead organizer for the first Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty. Alfred has recently served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Art Law, and on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Legal Education. He is presently a member of the Board of Visitors at the New England Conservatory, and recently served as Chair of the Planning Committee for the 2006 Association of American Law Schools Mid-year Meeting Intellectual Property Conference.

Some of Alfred’s publications include:

* Third Party Copyright Liability After Grokster, 91 MINN. L. REV. 184 (2006)

* Western Frontier or Feudal Society?: Metaphors and Perceptions of Cyberspace, 17 BERKELEY LAW & TECH. L. J. 1207 (2002)

* Internet Service Provider Liability for Subscriber Copyright Infringement, Enterprise Liability, and the First Amendment, 88 GEO. L. J. 1833 (2000)

* Copyright Opinions and Aesthetic Theory, 71 SO. CAL. L. REV. 247 (1998)

* Restoring the Natural Law: Copyright as Labor and Possession, 51 OHIO ST. L. J. 517 (1990) (selected for reprinting in the Intellectual Property Law Review)

* A First Amendment Perspective on the Idea/Expression Dichotomy and Copyright in a Work’s “Total Concept and Feel,” 38 EMORY L. J. 393 (1989)

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