Archive for December, 2015

December 23, 2015

Barrett Lectures, Moderates Nuremberg Trial 70th Anniversary Commemoration Roundtable in Nuremberg Courtroom

On November 20, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the start of the 1945-1946 Nuremberg international

John Barrett

John Barrett

trial of Nazi war criminals following World War II, Professor John Q. Barrett participated in Nuremberg’s official commemoration event.

In historic Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, Professor Barrett delivered an introductory lecture and then moderated a conversation with three men who worked in the trial process seventy years ago:  Yves Beigbeder, then an assistant to the French judge; Father Moritz Fuchs, then the bodyguard of U.S. Chief of Counsel Robert H. Jackson; and George Sakheim, then a U.S. interpreter and translator.

For streaming video of the event, click here—after welcoming remarks (in German) from

L-R, Lord Mayor Ulrich Maly, Dr. Yves Beigbeder, Dr. George Sakheim, Fr. Moritz Fuchs & Professor Barrett.

L-R, Lord Mayor Ulrich Maly, Dr. Yves Beigbeder, Dr. George Sakheim, Fr. Moritz Fuchs & Professor Barrett.

Nuremberg’s Lord Mayor and then a senior German judge, Professor Barrett’s speech (in English) begins at 16:45, followed by the roundtable (in English) beginning at 30:40.  Professor Barrett’s speech text also is downloadable here.

Professor Barrett is biographer of Justice Robert H. Jackson and writer of The Jackson List.

December 18, 2015

Perino on CBS Discussing Indictment of Martin Shkreli

Professor Michael Perino was on CBS last night discussing the indictment of pharmaceutical CEO mike perinoMartin Shkreli, who was charged (together with his lawyer) with fraud on a massive scale. You can view the clip here.

December 18, 2015

Subotnik’s Harvard JOLT Article Reviewed on PrawfsBlawg

Professor Eva Subotnik’s article, Copyright and the Living Dead?:


Eva Subotnik

Succession Law and the Postmortem Term, forthcoming shortly in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, was reviewed on PrawfsBlawg by Andrew Gilden.

In her article, Subotnik argues that succession law principles provide discrete, though qualified, support for a postmortem copyright term and that more precision should be used in categorizing the costs associated with postmortem protection. In particular, in many instances, the costs should be conceptualized as resulting from suboptimal stewardship by the living rather than from dead-hand control. 

In his post, Gilden writes that “Subotnik’s article makes at least two important contributions to the literature: First, she brings copyright law more explicitly into conversation with trusts & estates theory and scholarship….Subotnik provides some useful new ways of using succession law to think about the very long postmortem copyright term, and her article more broadly reads as a blueprint for some fruitful conversations between and among copyright and T&E scholars….Second, Subotnik’s article begins the useful task of disaggregating the initial ‘life’ term from the ‘plus 70.’…As Subotnik observes, succession laws generally recognize the strong desire for individuals to provide for their loved ones, the sentimental attachment to particular items, and an interest in preserving legacy.  Structuring copyright around a postmortem term might accordingly provide a qualitatively different set of incentives than the financial incentives typically acknowledged in the case law.…Definitely worth a read!”

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