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Rebecca Tushnet

Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Rebecca Tushnet is the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Law School. After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law at Debevoise & Plimpton before beginning teaching.

Her publications include “Worth a Thousand Words: The Images of Copyright Law” (Harvard L. Rev. 2012); “Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Trademark Law and Cognitive Science” (Texas L. Rev. 2008); and “Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It” (Yale L.J. 2004). Her work currently focuses on copyright, trademark and false advertising law. Her blog, at, has been on the ABA’s Blawg 100 list of top legal blogs for the past three years. Professor Tushnet helped found the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and currently volunteers on its legal committee.

She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.


Legal Tech News

Supreme Court Justices Debate Generic .Com Trademark Registration

Amicus brief from Rebecca Tushnet cited by Supreme Court Justices

May 4, 2020
Bloomberg Law

Amazon’s Judging of IP Claims Questioned in Seller Lawsuits

As Amazon expands its reign over e-commerce and gets more aggressive about rooting out counterfeiting, it’s taking a more active role in judging intellectual property disputes

Feb 12, 2020
Harvard Law Today

Innovation, Justice and Globalization

From patent law to the challenges facing the digital commons, leading academics and policymakers from around the world discussed intellectual property issues at Harvard Law…

Oct 17, 2019
Wall Street Journal

Pressure Mounts on Facebook to Police Users’ Content

Following shooter’s live stream of mosque massacres, New Zealand, Australia join other jurisdictions seeking stricter regulations

Mar 27, 2019
New York Times

New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out

“It’s worse than the tax code. The copyright term is way too long now.”

Dec 29, 2018


Trademark and Unfair Competition - Spring 2020

Professor Rebecca Tushnet This course will introduce students to the… More

Advertising Law - Spring 2020

Professor Rebecca Tushnet This course covers legal regulation of… More

Copyright - Fall 2019

Professor Rebecca Tushnet  This course examines the law of copyright and its role… More

Advertising Law - Spring 2019

This course covers legal regulation of advertising in the United States, with some comparison to other countries. More

Trademark and Unfair Competition - Spring 2019

Professor Rebecca Tushnet This course will introduce students to the federal Lanham Act and related common law… More