James Gibson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Computer Law Contracts Copyright Intellectual Property Fundamentals International Intellectual Property
Profile

Associate Dean James Gibson teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, contracts, and law and technology. He is also founder and former director of the School of Law's Intellectual Property Institute. His scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Texas Law Review, and UCLA Law Review, among other venues. Dean Gibson is also a frequent commentator in the media and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, Slate, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and is a recipient of the University of Richmond's 2007 Distinguished Educator Award.

Bar Admissions
Virginia
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and various U.S. District Courts
Professional Experience
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2014-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Professor of Law (2009-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate Professor of Law (2007-2009)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Visiting Associate Professor of Law (2007-2008)
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Va.
Director, Intellectual Property Institute (2005-2014)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (2004-2007)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2002-2004)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate (1999-2002)
Williams & Connolly, Washington, D.C.
Attorney-Adviser (1996-1998)
U.S. Sentencing Commission, Washington, D.C.
Law Clerk (1995-1996)
Law Clerk to Honorable Karen Nelson Moore
Publications
Articles

Copyright's Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright Litigation, 92 Tex. L. Rev. 1981 (2014) (with Christopher A. Cotropia). [Journal] [SSRN]

Click To Agree, Richmond Law Magazine (Winter 2013). [online]

Vertical Boilerplate, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 161 (2013). [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

John Was Third, 46 U. Rich. L. Rev. 961 (2012). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Upside of Intellectual Property's Downside, 57 UCLA Law Rev. 921 (2010) (with Christopher A. Cotropia). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Doctrinal Feedback and (Un)Reasonable Care, 94 Va. L. Rev. 1641 (2008). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Risk Aversion and Rights Accretion in Intellectual Property Law, 116 Yale L.J. 882 (2007). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Accidental Rights, 116 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 348 (2007). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W]

Once and Future Copyright, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 167 (2005). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Re-Reifying Data, 80 Notre Dame L. Rev. 163 (2004). [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

In the News

Transformation, Copyright Infringement, and Fair Use (The Media Institute)
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014

What does the trademark ruling really mean for the Redskins? (NBC 12)
Wed., Jun. 18, 2014

On Your Side Alerts: CFFB explores arbitration clauses (NBC 12)
Wed., May. 21, 2014

Gibson and Lain: Capital punishment, illuminated (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., May. 7, 2014

Europe taught America how to end the death penalty. Now maybe it finally will (The Guardian)
Mon., May. 5, 2014

Here's Why The 'Netflix For Pirated Movies' Is Probably Illegal (FreeNewsPos.com)
Tue., Apr. 29, 2014

How Sketchy Streaming Sites Really Work - And Why Some Are Legal (Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance)
Thu., Apr. 24, 2014

On Your Side Alert: Gmail Privacy Concerns (NBC 12)
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013

Google Books: Game, Set, But Not Match (The Media Institute)
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013

Henrico's superintendent is still collecting paychecks (CBS 6)
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013

Big Media in Copyright Litigation (The Media Institute)
Tue., Aug. 20, 2013

Do You Read the Fine Print? (Fox Business)
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013

Those Wordy Contracts We All So Quickly Accept (The New York Times)
Fri., Jul. 12, 2013

On Your Side Alert: Siri Collecting user data (NBC 12)
Fri., Jun. 28, 2013

On Your Side Alert: Should you tell stores your ZIP Code? (NBC 12)
Mon., May. 20, 2013

On Your Side Alert: FTC Apps For Children Fall Short (NBC 12 and WMCTV.com)
Fri., Feb. 22, 2013

Instagram tries to explain self after changes anger users (Houston Chronicle)
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012

Game-maker Bows to Power of Social Media (Marketing Vox)
Thu., Mar. 22, 2012

Fan Makes FTC Complaint Over Mass Effect 3 Ending, But it Won't Hold Water (Forbes)
Mon., Mar. 19, 2012

Junk Mail: Opt Out (NBC 12)
Wed., Mar. 14, 2012


Education
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 1995
B.A., Yale University 1991
Contact Information
(804) 287-6398
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Intellectual Property
Copyrights and Trademarks
Law and Technology
Contracts