Martin Skladany

Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law

Martin Skladany is a professor of intellectual property, law and technology, and law and international development. Professor Skladany is the author of Copyright's Arc (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Big Copyright Versus the People: How Major Content Providers are Destroying Creativity and How to Stop Them (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Previously, as a copyright and litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, he was a member of the legal team that represented the Association of American Publishers in the Google Books copyright suit.

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J.D., Yale Law School

M.P.A., Princeton University

M.Phil., University of Cambridge

B.A., Lehigh University, summa cum laude

Current Courses

Internet Law

Introduction to Intellectual Property



Skladany's Publications

Copyright Versus the People: How Major Content Providers Are Destroying Creativity and How to Stop Them, Cambridge University Press (2018)

“Macro Aid: Applying Microcredit’s Group Liability Principle to Foreign Aid,” L. & Dev. Rev. (2018)

“Foreign Aid Reciprocity Agreements: Committing Developing Countries to Improve the Effectiveness of Aid When They Become Donors,” 10 L. & Dev. Rev. 577 (2017)

Technology Unions: How Technology Employees Can Advocate For Internet Freedom, Privacy, Intellectual Property Reform, and the Greater Good,” 98 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 821 (2016) 

A Commons Exchange: Aiding the Commons through Facilitating Website and Digital Art Adoption,” J. L. & Pol'y Info. Soc'y (2014) 

Bespoke Recordings: The Limits of Intellectual Property and the Revival of the Music Industry,” J. L. Tech. & Pol’y (2014)

Throwing Dough over Castle Walls: Improving the Rule of Law with Foreign Aid Challenge Commitments,” Transnat’l L. & Contemp. Probs. (2014)

“The Revolutionary Influence of Low Enlightenment: Weakening Copyright in Developing Countries to Improve Respect for Human Rights and the Rule of Law,” 95 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 285 (2013)

Unchaining Richelieu’s Monster: A Tiered Revenue-Based Copyright Regime,” 16 Stanford Tech. L. Rev. 131 (2012)

“Copyright Corvée: Inverting the Ancien Régime,” 34 Eur. Intell. Prop. Rev. 741 (2012)

Buying Our Way Out of Corruption: Performance-Based Incentive Bonuses for Developing Country Politicians and Bureaucrats,” 12 Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J. 160 (2009)

“The Executive as Executioner and the Informed Governance Principle,” 3 Crim. L. & Phil. 289 (2009)

“Alienation by Copyright,” 55 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 361 (2008)