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Martin Skladany

Professor Martin Skladany

Assistant Professor of Law

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J.D., Yale Law School
M.P.A., Princeton University
M.Phil., University of Cambridge
B.A., Lehigh University

Professor Skladany teaches and researches issues in intellectual property, Internet law, law and technology, and law and development. His research examines how the laws that govern the creation of culture and technology also influence individual fulfillment and the fundamental principles we value both domestically and abroad. His investigations into intellectual property’s effects in developing countries relate to his research interest in how to reduce corruption and improve governance within poor countries, specifically how to spark reform by maneuvering around the fact that those most capable of addressing corruption are the very individuals who have a vested interest in maintaining the dysfunctional system.

Professor Skladany has worked in the private, intergovernmental, and nonprofit sectors. He was a member of the legal team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP that represented the Association of American Publishers in their copyright suit against Google over Google Books. He teaches property, intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, patent law and Internet law. 


“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)