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Geoffrey R. Scott

Geoffrey Scott

Professor of Law 
Director, Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic
Affiliate Professor, College of Arts and Architecture 

Curriculum Vitae

Email: 
grs6@psu.edu
Phone: 
(814) 863-6878
Education: 

LL.M., Yale Law School
B.A., J.D., Valparaiso University

Professor Geoffrey Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests with a focus on intellectual property and the intersection of the worlds of artistic expression, scientific invention, and the law. He has given particular attention to domestic and international entertainment law issues with an emphasis on music and rights of personality, the protection of cultural properties in Europe and Asia, and the representation of the individual professional athlete. Professor Scott received a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2004-2005 to Japan for his research on the protection of cultural and ethnographic properties in Asia, including living national treasures of Japan, and he has been a visiting professor and scholar in intellectual property subjects at the Monash University Faculty of Law, Australia; the University of Bergen Faculty of Law, Norway; the Doshisha University Faculty of Law, Japan; the University of San Diego School of Law; Southwestern School of Law; and the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies at which latter institution he worked and lectured on the intersection of biotechnology and IP. Professor Scott has resided and taught courses in London, UK and Kyoto, Japan and has given lectures in a number of European venues including Florence, Rome, Venice, Brussels, Strasbourg and Vienna well as in Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea. Geoff has served as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Monash University Faculty of Law, Australia and an Erasmus Fellow and Scholar at the University of Bergen Faculty of Law, Norway.

In addition to his pedagogical responsibilities at Penn State Law he is founder and director of the Penn State Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic. Professor Scott has published in the fields of law and entertainment, sports, and the protection of cultural property. Among current scholarly projects, he is working on a second edition of “Entertainment Law on a Global Stage” and “Experiencing Intellectual Property,” both for West Academic Publishing. Geoff also has an appointment as a professor at The College of Art and Architecture of Penn State University through which he collaborates with artistic faculty to lecture on legal matters implicated in creative endeavors.

“Kryptonite, Duff Beer and the Protection of Fictional Characters and Products in the Global Community,” 38(1) Monash University Law Review (2012) (with Karen Maull)

Entertainment Law on a Global Stage (West Publishing — forthcoming) (with Lon Sobel and Mary LaFrance)

“A Protocol for Evaluating Changing Global Attitudes Toward Innovation and Intellectual Property Regimes,” 32 U. Penn. J. Int’l 101 (2011)

“What do Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, and Utagawa Toyoharu have in Common? Protecting Artistic Legacy in the United States and Japan: A Comparison of U.S. Legal Principles and Iemoto Seido of Japan,” 26 Conn. J. Int’l L. 161 (2010)

“Spoliation, Cultural Property and Japan,” 29 U. Pa. J. Int’l L. 803 (2008)

“A Comparative View of Copyright as Cultural Property in Japan and the United States,” 20 Temp. Int’l & Comp. L. J. 283 (2006)

“An American’s Comparative View of Cultural and Intellectual Property in Japan and the United States,” Doshisha Hogaku (Doshisha University Law Review) (2006)

Football: The Transition From College to Pro (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006)