Neil W. Netanel

Pete Kameron Professor of Law

  • B.A. Yale, 1976
  • J.D. UC, Berkeley, 1980
  • J.S.D. Stanford, 1998
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2004

Neil Netanel teaches and writes in the areas of copyright, free speech, international intellectual property, and media and the future of democracy. His books include Copyright's Paradox (Oxford University Press, 2008); The Development Agenda: Global Intellectual Property and Developing Countries (Neil Weinstock Netanel ed., Oxford University Press, 2008); From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Copyright: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Professor Netanel joined the UCLA School of Law faculty in fall 2004. Prior to joining UCLA Law, Netanel served for a decade on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he was the Arnold, White & Durkee Centennial Professor of Law. From 1980 to 1981, Netanel was Assistant to the General Counsel of the State of Israel's Environmental Protection Service. He then practiced law at Loeb and Loeb in Los Angeles (1981-84) and Yigal Arnon & Co. in Tel-Aviv (1985 to 1992). Professor Netanel received his B.A. from Yale University (1976), J.D. from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (1980), and J.S.D. from Stanford University (1998).


  • Books
  • Articles And Chapters
    • Applying Militant Democracy to Defend Against Social Media Harms, 45 Cardozo L. Rev. 489 (2023). Full Text
    • The EU Press Publishers’ Right Is Inapt and Off-Target, 46 (3) The Columbia Journal of Law & The Arts 301-305 (2023). Full Text
    • Ethnic References in Branding and AI Content Moderation: From the Ajax “Jews” to the Washington Redskins and Beyond, in Intellectual Property and Sports; Essays in Honour of P. Bernt Hugenholtz, (edited by Martin Senftleben et. al., Kluwer Law International, 2022). Full Text
    • Mandating Digital Platform Support for Quality Journalism, 34 Harvard Journal of Law &Technology 473 (2021). Full Text
    • Transplanting Fair Use across the Globe: A Case Study Testing the Credibility of U.S. Opposition (with Niva Elkin-Koren), 72 Hastings Law Journal 1121 (2021). Full Text
    • Jewish Law Sources, in Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds. L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, at
    • First Amendment Constraints on Copyright after Golan v. Holder, 60 (5) UCLA Law Review 1082 (2013). Full Text
    • Making Sense of Fair Use, 15 Lewis & Clark Law Review 715-771 (2011). The database and data coding sheet upon which this empirical study is based are available online: DatabaseCoding Sheet; Article
    • Is Copyright Property?; The Debate in Jewish Law (with David Nimmer), 12 (1) Theoretical Inquiries in Law 217 (2011). Full Text
    • Shimush Hogen Yisraeli Me-Nikudat Mabat Amerikanit [Israeli Fair Use from an American Perspective], in Yotzrim Zkhuyot: Kriyot Be-Khok Zkhut Yotzrim [Creating Rights: Readings in Copyright Law], (edited by Michael Birnhack & Guy Pessach, Nevo Press, 2009). [in Hebrew] Full Text
    • The WIPO Development Agenda and Its Development Policy Context, in The Development Agenda; Global Intellectual Property and Developing Countries, (edited by Neil W. Netanel, Oxford University Press, 2008). Full Text
    • New Media in Old Bottles? Barron's Contextual First Amendment and Copyright in the Digital Age, 76 George Washington Law Review 952-985 (2008). Full Text
    • Why Has Copyright Expanded? Analysis and Critique, in New Directions in Copyright Law, vol. 6, (edited by Fiona Macmillan, Edward Elgar, 2008). Full Text
    • Introduction, in Copyright's Paradox, (Oxford University Press, 2008). Full Text
    • Maharam of Padua v. Giustiniani; the Sixteenth-Century Origins of the Jewish Law of Copyright, 44 Houston Law Review 821-70 (2007). Full Text
    • Temptations of the Walled Garden: Digital Rights Management and Mobile Phone Carriers, 6 Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law 77-100. Full Text
    • Copyright and "Market Power" in the Marketplace of Ideas, in Antitrust, Patents and Copyright, (edited by Howard Shelanski & Francois Leveque, Edward Elgar, 2005). Full Text
    • Copyright and the First Amendment; What Eldred Misses – and Portends, in Copyright and Free Speech: Comparative and International Analyses, (edited by Jonathan Griffiths and Dr. Uma Suthersanen, Oxford University Press, 2005). Full Text
    • Impose a Noncommercial Use Levy to Allow Free Peer-to-Peer File Sharing, 17 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 1-84 (2003). Full Text
    • Introduction: The Commodification of Information (with Niva Elkin-Koren), in The Commodification of Information, (edited by Niva Elkin-Koren & Neil Weinstock Netanel, Kluwer Law International, 2002).
    • TRIPS Interpretation and Dispute Settlement Panel Report on U.S. Copyright Act §110(5), 7 International Intellectual Property Law & Policy 74-1 (2002).
    • The Commercial Mass Media's Continuing Fourth Estate Role, in The Commodification of Information, (edited by Neil Weinstock Netanel and Niva Elkin-Koren, Kluwer Law International, 2002).
    • Locating Copyright Within the First Amendment Skein, 54 Stanford Law Review 1-86 (2001). Full Text
    • Book Review: Cyberspace 2.0, 79 Texas Law Review 447-491. Reviewing Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, by Lawrence Lessig, and The Control Revolution: How the Internet is Putting Individuals in Charge and Changing the World We Know, by Andrew L. Shapiro. Full Text
    • Market Hierarchy and Copyright in Our System of Free Expression, 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 1879-1932 (2000). Full Text
    • From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Digital Millennium: Recent Developments in Copyright Law, 9 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 19-63 (2000). Full Text
    • Cyberspace Self-Governance: A Skeptical View from Liberal Democratic Theory, 88 California Law Review 395-498 (2000).
    • Copyrights and Patents, in The Constitution and its Amendments, (edited by Roger Newman, Macmillan, 1999).
    • Asserting Copyright's Democratic Principles in the Global Arena, 51 Vanderbilt Law Review 217-329 (1998).
    • The Next Round: The Impact of the WIPO Copyright Treaty on TRIPS Dispute Settlement, Virginia Journal of International Law 441-497 (1997).
    • Copyright and a Democratic Civil Society, 106 Yale Law Journal 283-387 (1996).
    • Alienability Restrictions and the Enhancement of Author Autonomy in United States and Continental Copyright Law, 12 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 1-78 (1994).
    • Copyright Alienability Restrictions and the Enhancement of Author Autonomy: A Normative Evaluation, 24 Rutgers Law Journal 347-442 (1993).
    • Creditors' Rights Against Business Debtors in Israel (with P. Baris), in International Loan Workouts and Bankruptcies, (edited by Richard A. Gitlin and Rona R. Mears, Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1989).
    • Expert Opinion and Reform in Anglo-American, Continental and Israeli Adjudication, 10 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review 9-55 (1986).
    • Legal Issues in Implementing Water Reuse in California (with Ernest Brown), 9 Ecology Law Quarterly 243-294 (1981).