2024 Hargrove Colloquium: Media Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence - On April 16, 2024, the Center for Media Law and Policy will be hosting the 2024 Hargrove Colloquium.  The topic for this year’s colloquium is Media Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Come hear from David McCraw, deputy general counsel at The New York Times Co. and author of the book Truth in Our Times: Inside […]
A UNC Student’s Summer Experience at Screen Media Ventures - Another beneficiary of the Center for Media Law and Policy’s Summer Grants Program last year was Chelsea Pieroni, a second-year law student at the UNC School of Law. Chelsea interned at Screen Media Ventures in New York.  Her reflections on her summer internship are below (you can read the reflections of other summer grant recipients here). […]
Immerse Yourself in IP and Media Law at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning - One of the biggest annual events at the UNC School of Law is the Festival of Legal Learning. This two-day convocation of legal geekery comprises 113 different continuing legal education (CLE) sessions and 152 speakers. For the past few years, the Center for Media Law and Policy has helped with the selection and coordination of […]
UNC Law Student Named Finalist in Games Industry Legal Challenge - Kathleen Riley, a second-year law student at the UNC School of Law, has been named as one of five finalists in the 2017 Games Industry Law Summit’s Legal Challenge. The international competition, which is based on an actual dispute involving gaming law,  is open to law students and practicing lawyers from all over the world. […]
Media Law Student Spent Summer Working in Business and Legal Affairs Office of Broadway Video - From Rachel Rice, a 2L at UNC School of Law and recipient of one of the Center’s Summer Public Interest Grants: This summer I worked in the Business and Legal Affairs Office of Broadway Video Entertainment. The Business and Legal Affairs Office is located in Los Angeles, California. Broadway Video, a Lorne Michaels company, is […]
Scholarship Winners 2016 - The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy has awarded $6,000 in scholarships to three law students working in unpaid or underpaid internships in the field of media law and policy this summer. These are the scholarship winners and where they are working: Varsha Mangal is a legal intern in the Office of General Counsel […]
Recent media law grad publishes in legal journal - UNC media law graduate Kevin Delaney has had a shortened version of his master’s thesis published in Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. The article is “Aereo, the Public Performance Right, and the Future of Broadcasting.” The article looks at Aereo, a company that offered an inexpensive way for consumers to watch broadcast television via the […]
UNC media law graduate publishes in Communication Law and Policy - UNC media law graduate Kevin Delaney has had an article published in Communication Law and Policy.  The article is “Balancing in Light of the Purposes of Copyright: Whether Video Music Lessons Constitute Copyright Infringement.” The article addresses the question of whether it is a violation of copyright law for an individual to create and upload […]
Job opportunities in media law at your fingertips - It’s never too early – or too late – to start looking for the internship, fellowship, or job that is right for you.  However, the process of sifting through hundreds of postings looking for what you want can be daunting.  That is why the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy created its Job Center. […]
New Media Law PhDs - The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will welcome three new media law students to its Ph.D. program this fall.  All of them have expressed interest in working in the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy.  Welcome, law dawgs! These are the students and a brief description of each student’s background and research interests: Nicholas […]
Students Presenting at AEJMC Conference in August 2014 - Three Carolina students have had media law research papers accepted by the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for presentation at the group’s annual conference in Montreal in August.  Congratulations! These are the authors, theory paper titles, and their paper abstracts: Kevin Delaney, a student in […]
What’s the deal with fast-track authority? - Back in November, The New York Times editorial board endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement involving 12 countries in the Americas and the Pacific Rim that is being negotiated by the Obama Administration. The agreement contains sections covering a broad number of policy topics, including a chapter on intellectual property. At that time, I put together […]
A UNC Student’s Summer Experience at the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, a Project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society - Let me start by saying that I really like information. Numbers, lists, facts, data, trivia. I like them all. I’m an information junkie. I also happen to love the First Amendment. Given this, it’s not surprising that I was so excited to spend this past summer interning with the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse at the Berkman […]
tom wheeler New FCC Chair to Industry: Unlock Customers’ Phones - The back-and-forth over regulation of wireless phones continues this week. New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asked the CTIA Wireless Association to recommend that its members, including AT&T, Verizon and other carriers, voluntarily allow consumers to “unlock” their wireless phones “when the applicable service contract, installment plan, or ETF [early termination fee] has been fulfilled” (Note that […]
A Not-So-Secret Pacific Trade Deal - Over the last week, opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership has gone from a quiet rumble amongst policy wonks to a major struggle over free trade, intellectual property rights, and executive power. Here is a timeline of featured news stories and blog posts. Scroll to the bottom of the timeline for updates as they become available. […]
Looking for a Job in Media Law? - Looking for a job can be time consuming and frustrating.  Often the best opportunities are found through networking and word of mouth.  But what if you are a student or recent grad? Or are trying to change fields or areas of practice and you don’t have a network?  Breaking into a new field, or even trying […]
District Court Enjoins FilmOn X - Last Thursday, September 5, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction against FilmOn X, a for-profit company that streams broadcasters’ content—without permission—over the Internet to subscribers. The injunction prevents FilmOn X from operating in nearly every jurisdiction in the country and serves as a major setback for the company founded […]
Twitter Round-Up Week of: September 2 - As part of a new weekly feature on our blog, I’ll post the highlights from the Center’s and my Twitter feeds. Here is what had my attention on Twitter this week: [View the story “Weekly Twitter Roundup” on Storify]
Students Presenting at AEJMC Conference in August - Nearly 25 percent of the media law and policy research papers accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) were written by UNC students. Five students had six papers accepted for presentation in the Law and Policy Division at the AEJMC convention to be held […]
UNC Students Presenting Research at AEJMC Southeast Colloquium - UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate students will present 13 research papers at the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium in Tampa this week. Ph.D. student Liz Woolery, who works in our media law center, will present two papers, one of which won third place in the Law and Policy Division. Both of Liz’s papers are […]
Hell Freezes at Disney on Ice? - Many of us are all too familiar with Disney’s role as the engine behind the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 and as an ironic beneficiary of the public domain and its importance to society. Suffice to say Disney’s role in helping to broaden copyright protections in the last two decades is well-known…and often a […]
A Marriage Made in Tatooine - On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain. –YODA, Dark Rendezvous Although Hurricane Sandy and the election dominated my social media feeds this week, it was the announcement that LucasFilm […]
Best New Internet Law Books? - Each fall I informally survey my media law colleagues and former Ph.D. students in search of great, new books to assign for my Internet law class.  The class is a mix of UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication undergraduates who already have completed a basic media law class and graduate students.  I’m looking for […]
Interdisciplinary Lunch: Who Owns Research Data? - Last year, the Center began hosting a bi-monthly gathering of faculty and graduate students from across UNC-CH to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by new communication technologies, including social media, mobile platforms, and the Internet, and the impact they are having on governments, the economy, and cultural and social values throughout the world. Our first lunch of the […]
The Crime of the (20th) Century: How We Threw Away our Cultural Heritage for No Good Reason (and whether Google Books will bring it back) - James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School, gave a public lecture on the public domain, its erosion by copyright, and the controversial Google Books project. Boyle is the author of numerous books and articles about intellectual property and copyright law, and the way they shape our culture.
Copyright Lecture - Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University, delivered a public lecture on copyright law and his recent representation of RDR Books in a copyright lawsuit brought against the book publisher by J.K. Rowlings and Warner Bros. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Media Law and Policy, the University […]
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7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
2024 Hargrove Colloquium: Media Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
How the Marriage of Surveillance and Copyright Threaten Freedom of Expression | Interdisciplinary Lunch Series
Room 141, Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Copyright Policy As Catalyst and Barrier to Innovation and Free Expression | Interdisciplinary Lunch Series
Halls of Fame Room, Chapel Hill NC
02/08/2019 - 02/09/2019
All Day
Media Law and IP Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning


Date/Time Event
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
The Challenge of Orphan Works: Legal Strategies and Practical Ideas
Marion A. Cowell, Jr. Boardroom (Room 5003), UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Google v. Oracle: APIs, Fair Use and the Problem of Copyrighting Code
Halls of Fame Room, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Enhancing the Impact of Scholarship: How Authors Can Better Reach Readers in the New Publishing Economy
Bostock Library, Edge Workshop Room, Durham NC
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
M.A./J.D. and Ph.D./J.D. Media Law Dual Degrees Info Session
Freedom Forum Conference Center on the Third Floor of Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC
12:00 pm
Fair Use 2015: Life with Campus Copyright after Cambridge University Press v. Patton
Wilson Library, Room 504, Chapel Hill
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Protecting Creative Rights in the Age of Social Media
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
IP and Media Law Career Night
Tru Deli + Wine, Chapel Hill North Carolina
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Media Law Summer Internships Panel
Room 4085, UNC School of Law,
09/25/2014 - 09/26/2014
All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago IL
12:00 pm
Mass Digitization: Fair Use, Google Books, and the Digital Public Library of America | Interdisciplinary Lunch Series
Faculty Lounge, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta GA


Date/Time Event
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Inspiration vs. Infringement: Brought to you by the First Amendment
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Chapel Hill NC
All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco CA
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Who Owns Research Data? | Interdisciplinary Lunch Series
Room 208, Manning Hall, Chapel Hill NC
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Searching for a Middle Ground: Can We Stop Online Piracy While Still Protecting Speech?
Classroom 5046, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA