Martin Skladany

Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law

Martin Skladany is a professor of intellectual property, AI, law and technology, and law and international development. He is also a faculty affiliate with the Penn State University Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences.

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.

Select Publications by Professor Skladany

Copyright’s Arc (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Martin Skladany


Phone  717-241-3538


Prof. Skladany in the Media

Prof. Skladany’s Selected Works

Faculty Impact

J.D., Yale Law School

M.P.A., Princeton University

M.Phil., University of Cambridge

B.A., summa cum laude, Lehigh University

Current Courses


Internet Law

Introduction to Intellectual Property

Law and AI



Skladany’s Publications

Rethinking Executive Incentives Can Boost ESG Performance, MIT Sloan Management Review, (October 25, 2022)

A Million-Dollar Tuition Bill for the Top 1 Percent? Politico, (October 13, 2022)

We Should All Own Twitter, Prospect, (April 27, 2022)

Why Your Town Should Become Public Domain City, U.S.A., Governing (April 7, 2022)

Subsidize Free Calls Into and Out of Dictatorships and War Zones, National Interest, (April 5, 2022)

Herd resistance will help us get back to our normal lives, Miami Herald, (January 26, 2022)

One Answer to Science’s Diversity Problem? More Online Gaming, Daily Beast, (January 16, 2022)

The U.S. Gives Billions to Big Pharma. But We Need More Nonprofit Drugmakers, The Chicago Tribune (December 2, 2021) (with Manu Prakesh)

Alumni Associations Should Help Tackle Humanity’s Big Challenges, Times Higher Education (November 18, 2021) (with Michael Madison)

How Companies Could Quietly Put Their Values to Work and Transform Politics, Fast Company (November 6, 2021)

No, Poor Countries Don’t Need Your Booster. They Need Help Getting Shots in Arms, The San Francisco Chronicle (September 24, 2021) (with Bernard Black)

Buying Time With Outdoor Classrooms, Inside Higher Ed, (September 10, 2021)

Why Colleges Should Try ‘Fantasy Fundraising’ — Charitable Giving During Sporting Events, Chronicle of Philanthropy, (August 24, 2021)

In response to Delta variant, FDA must fast-track COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 12, Los Angeles Times, (with Bernard Black) (August 23, 2021)

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)