Brian L. Frye

Brian Frye

Associate Professor of Law

144 Law Building

(859) 257-1678


Professor Frye joined the faculty in 2012. He teaches Civil Procedure, Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Nonprofit Organizations. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, and a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He clerked for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court. He received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2005, an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. His research focuses on legal issues affecting artists and arts organizations, among other things.

Professor Frye is also a filmmaker. Most recently, he produced the documentary film Our Nixon (2013), which was broadcast by CNN and opened theatrically nationwide. His other films have been shown in the Whitney Biennial 2002, the New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among other venues, and are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His critical writing on film and art has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, and Incite!, among other journals.


  • B.A. with High Honors, University of California, Berkeley (1995)
  • M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute (1997)
  • J.D., cum laude, New York University School of Law (2005)


  • Art Law
  • Copyright
  • Intellectual Property
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Civil Procedure

Books & Book Chapters

  • Brian L. Frye, A Revolution in Favor of Television: WCVB-TV and Robert Gardner's Screening Room, in Looking (Rebecca Meyers, William Rothman & Charles Warren eds., SUNY Press 2016). 

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Brian L. Frye's SelectedWorks page

  • Brian L. Frye, Aesthetic Nondiscrimination & Fair Use, Belmont L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016).
  • Brian L. Frye, Machiavellian Intellectual Property, Univ. of Pittsburgh L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016).
  • Brian L. Frye, Copyright in Pantomime, Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. (forthcoming 2016).
  • Brian L. Frye, Scenes from the Copyright Office, 32 Touro L. Rev. 83 (2016).
  • Brian L. Frye, Social Technology and the Origins of Popular Philanthropy, 32 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 413 (2016).
  • Brian L. Frye, Plagiarism is Not a Crime, 54 Duq. L. Rev. 133 (2016).
  • Brian L. Frye, Three Great Phonographers: Warhol, Nixon & Kaufman, Incite J. Experimental Media, no. 6, Fall 2015, at 188. 
  • Brian L. Frye, The Most Scholarly Justices, 18 Green Bag 435 (2015).
  • Brian L. Frye, Copyright as Charity, 39 Nova L. Rev. 343 (2015).
  • Brian L. Frye, IP as Metaphor, 18 Chap. L. Rev. 735 (2015).
  • Brian L. Frye, Eldred & the New Rationality, 104 Ky. L. J. Online (2015),
  • Brian L. Frye, Andy Warhol's Pantry, 8 Akron Intell. Prop. J. 17 (2015). 
  • Brian L. Frye, Solving Charity Failures, 93 Or. L. Rev. 155 (2014).
  • Brian L. Frye, Justifying Academic Freedom, 9 FIU L. Rev. 45 (2013). 
  • Brian L. Frye, Josh Blackman & Michael McCloskey, Justice John Marshall Harlan: Lectures on Constitutional Law, 1897-98, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 12 (2013). 
  • Brian L. Frye, Josh Blackman & Michael McCloskey, Justice John Marshall Harlan: Professor of Law, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1063 (2013).
  • Brian L. Frye, On the Origins of the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, Incite J. Experimental Media, no. 4, Fall 2013, at 129.
  • Brian L. Frye, The Dialectic of Obscenity, 35 Hamline L. Rev. 229 (2012).
  • Brian L. Frye, The Gray Lady's Guide to Avant-Garde Cinema, Incite J. Experimental Media, no. 3, Fall 2011, at 54.
  • Brian L. Frye, The Peculiar Story of United States v. Miller, 3 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 48 (2008).

April 11, 2016

Brian L. Frye, Assistant Professor of Law at the UK College of Law, has been selected by the University of Houston Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) to receive the 2016 Sponsored Scholarship Grant (SSG) for the Legal Academy.

The IPIL SSG Program is designed to facilitate newly-authored scholarship in specific areas of IPIL within the legal academy. For 2015-16, the focus is Copyright, Entertainment, Media, Art and Sports Law.

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'Peoples Portal' Pop-up Supports Preservation of Peoples Bank

November 13, 2015
By: Whitney Harder & Dorothy Freeman


The University of Kentucky Art Museum will present the pop-up exhibition "Peoples Portal" Nov. 14-15, at the popular Peoples Bank structure on 343 South Broadway, in support of the preservation and move of the building.

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university of kentucky college of law students volunteer with local charities in the lexington community

The students in the University of Kentucky College of Law Class of 2018 are now several days into their first semester of law school. These individuals have chosen to pursue a career dedicated to assisting individuals and businesses in a time of need. Though they are a few years away from starting their legal careers, members of the Class of 2018 are already giving back to the Lexington community through service projects they participated in during UK Law’s Orientation. On Saturday, August 22, students and faculty assisted four local charities including Aids Volunteers, Inc.

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For those who attended the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Convention you probably saw some familiar faces. Several professors from UK Law presented at the convention and shared their expertise with fellow lawyers. The professors involved and presentations given include:

Allison Connelly: Accommodating Transgender Students in Public Schools; Ferguson, Race and the Law

Josh Douglas: Securing the Right to Vote: The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Current Developments in Election Law

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UK Law faculty excel in many areas beyond the practice, teaching, and research of law.  Professor Brian Frye demonstrates through his continual contribution to the world of art. 

Professor Frye has already had the honor of being included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial collection and had his film Oona’s Veil included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.  His most recent accomplishment boasts his film Oona’s Veil inclusion in the inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard to See, in the Whitney Museum’s new building.    

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Professor Brian Frye

“I have joined the LexArts board because it does such important work supporting and promoting the arts in Fayette County and the surrounding area,” said UK College of Law Professor Brian Frye.

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Professor Brian Frye

Award-winning filmmaker and College of Law Professor Brian Frye will travel to Istanbul on May 8-13 to present his first feature-length documentary, Our Nixon, at the TRT Film Festival.

Our Nixon is an 85-minute documentary comprised of Super 8 home movies, television news, and archival interviews shot by top Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin between 1969 and 1972. The film provides a new perspective on how Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin experienced working for President Nixon, and their role in the Watergate conspiracy.

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OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting the Super 8 home movies of H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin for the very first time. The footage from Nixon's aides, which obsessively documents their time in the White House, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. The home movies are presented with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before.

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