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Joseph P. Liu



Joseph P. Liu is a professor at Boston College Law School, where he writes and teaches in copyright, trademark, property, and internet law. His main area of academic research is the impact of digital technology on copyright law and markets, with a focus on how digital technology is changing the way individuals interact with copyrighted works.

Liu has published extensively on copyright law issues in numerous law journals, including the Michigan Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal. He has lectured in the U.S. and Asia, at institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, U.C. Berkeley, Georgetown, MIT, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the co-author of the casebook, Copyright Law: Essential Cases and Materials (West Academic Publishing).

Prior to joining BC Law in 2001, Liu was an assistant professor at U.C. Hastings College of Law (2000-2001) and a Climenko Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School (1997-1998). He previously practiced in Boston at Foley Hoag & Eliot, where he specialized in intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He also served for several years as Vice President and General Counsel to BuyerZone.com, a venture-backed, business-to-business internet start-up company. He has consulted on a number of cases involving copyright law and digital technology.

Liu clerked for the Hon. Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1994-1995). He received his B.A. in physics and philosophy in 1989 from Yale University, and his J.D. in 1994 from Columbia University, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He earned an L.L.M. from Harvard University in 1999.


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