Peter Jaszi | Founder and Professor of Law
Peter Jaszi, along with WCL Professor Christine Haight Farley, co-founded the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Professor Jaszi has taught many courses as WCL for over 25 years. As a classroom instructor, he specializes in domestic and international copyright law. An experienced copyright litigator and frequent speaker to professional audiences in the United States and abroad, he is widely recognized as an advocate for the public interest in intellectual property law. With various collaborators, he has written a standard copyright textbook and several articles on copyright history and theory. In 1994, he was a member of the Librarian of Congress’s Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit. Since 1995 he has been active in the Digital Future Coalition, which he helped to organize. He is a former trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and serves on the editorial board of its journal.
Victoria Phillips | Director and Professor of Practice of Law
Professor Phillips joined the WCL faculty in 2001 to help found the IP Clinic. Before that she headed the Legal Branch of the Mass Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission and served as counsel in the Office of General Counsel. While at the Commission she worked on a wide range of media policy proceedings including those related to broadcast ownership, broadcast public interest obligations, digital television, children’s television, public television and political programming. Before joining the Commission she served as the Assistant General Counsel of the National Endowment for the Humanities, practiced communications and intellectual property law at Wiley, Rein and Fielding in Washington D.C. and clerked in U.S. District Court in Maryland. In addition to directing the clinic, she also teaches Communications and Information Law and Policy. Her scholarship focuses on media and intellectual property policy and the promotion of the public interest and information justice in these areas. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and on the AALS Clinical Section’s Membership and Outreach Committee.
Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, is interested in the evolving fair use doctrine and its use in diverse communities of practice. He works with libraries and their allies to negotiate copyright issues raised by research, teaching and learning. Butler was counsel to the two largest providers of accessible texts for the blind as amici in the Authors Guild v. Hathitrust case, on appeal in the Second Circuit. He served as a co-facilitator, with Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, of the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Aademic and Research Libraries, released in January 2012.