Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law
Brian L. Frye joined the faculty of the College of Law in 2012. He teaches classes in civil procedure, intellectual property, copyright, and nonprofit organizations, as well as a seminar on law and popular culture. 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 intellectual property and charity law, especially in relation to artists and arts organizations.
Professor Frye is also a filmmaker. He produced the documentary Our Nixon (2013), which was broadcast by CNN and opened theatrically nationwide. His short films and videos have shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, 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.
Additionally, Professor Frye also produces a podcast, Ipse Dixit https://shows.pippa.io/ipse-dixit
- Art Law
- Intellectual Property
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Civil Procedure
- Law and Popular Culture
- Law and Social Norms
- Open Access Scholarship
- Law 929 Copyright Law
- Law 935 Intellectual Property
- Law 858 Nonprofit Organizations
- Law 835 Professional Responsibility
- Law 90_ Trademark Law
- Law 957 Seminar: Intellectual Property Theory
- The Zapruder Film, in A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (Daniel Hunter & Claudy Op den Kamp eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2018).
- 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).
Scholarship is available for download at Brian L. Frye's SelectedWorks page.
- The Lion, the Bat & the Thermostat: Metaphors on Consciousness, __ Savannah L. Rev. __ (forthcoming).
- The Athlete’s Two Bodies: Reflections on the Ontology of Celebrity, Incite J. Experimental Media, no. 7, (forthcoming).
- New Art for the People: Art Funds & Financial Technology, 93 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 113 (2018).
- Invention of a Slave, 68 Syracuse L. Rev. 181 (2018).
- An Empirical Study of University Patent Activity, 7 NYU J. Intell. Prop. & Ent. L. 51 (2017) (with Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.).
- A Revealed Preferences Approach to Ranking Law Schools, 69 Ala. L. Rev. 495 (2017) (with Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.).
- Against Creativity, 11 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 426 (2017).
- Equitable Resale Royalties, 24 J. Intell. Prop. L. 1 (2017).
- Incidental Intellectual Property, 33 Ent. & Sports Law. 24 (2017).
- Reflections on Motion Picture Evidence, 12 world picture (Winter 2017), perma.cc/T9ZL-GB8E.
- Fixing Forum Selling, 25:2 Univ. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 1 (2017) (with Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.).
- An Empirical Study of the Copyright Practices of American Law Journals, 16 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 207 (2017) (with Franklin L. Runge & Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.).
- Aesthetic Nondiscrimination & Fair Use, 3 Belmont L. Rev. 29 (2016).
- Art & the "Public Trust" in Municipal Bankruptcy, 93 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 629 (2016).
- Machiavellian Intellectual Property, 78 Univ. of Pittsburgh L. Rev. 1 (2016).
- Copyright in Pantomime, 34 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 307 (2016).
- Scenes from the Copyright Office, 32 Touro L. Rev. 83 (2016).
- Social Technology and the Origins of Popular Philanthropy, 32 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 413 (2016).
- Plagiarism is Not a Crime, 54 Duq. L. Rev. 133 (2016).
- Three Great Phonographers: Warhol, Nixon & Kaufman, Incite J. Experimental Media, no. 6, Fall 2015, at 188.
- The Most Scholarly Justices, 18 Green Bag 435 (2015).
- Copyright as Charity, 39 Nova L. Rev. 343 (2015).
- IP as Metaphor, 18 Chap. L. Rev. 735 (2015).
- Eldred & the New Rationality, 104 Ky. L. J. Online (July 17, 2015), https://perma.cc/7759-MWNX.
- Andy Warhol's Pantry, 8 Akron Intell. Prop. J. 17 (2015).
- Solving Charity Failures, 93 Or. L. Rev. 155 (2014).
- Justifying Academic Freedom, 9 FIU L. Rev. 45 (2013).
- Justice John Marshall Harlan: Lectures on Constitutional Law, 1897-98, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 12 (2013) (with Josh Blackman & Michael McCloskey).
- Justice John Marshall Harlan: Professor of Law, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1063 (2013) (with Josh Blackman & Michael McCloskey).
- On the Origins of the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, Incite J. Experimental Media, no. 4, Fall 2013, at 129.
- The Dialectic of Obscenity, 35 Hamline L. Rev. 229 (2012).
- The Gray Lady's Guide to Avant-Garde Cinema, Incite J. Experimental Media, no. 3, Fall 2011, at 54.
- The Peculiar Story of United States v. Miller, 3 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 48 (2008).
- Art in the Shadow of the Law, 82 Bench & B. 6 (Mar. / Apr. 2018).
- The Possible Redundancy of §230, The Recorder (Nov. 10, 2017), https://www.law.com/therecorder/sites/therecorder/2017/11/10/the-possible-redundancy-of-§230/?slreturn=20171014161950. [http://perma.cc/FUW5-UHFB]
- Copyright in a Nutshell for Found Footage Filmmakers, Found Footage Magazine, May 2016, at 34.