James R. Alexander

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Political Science

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Building on the antecedents of obscene libel in early English law culminating in the Obscene Publications Act of 1857, my current work examines the intersection between those legal doctrines and the emergence of modern copyright law in mid-19th century England, based on Lord Eldon's rulings in Chancery that equity protection cannot be extended to obscene works, a doctrine finally overcome in American jurisprudence in Mitchell Brothers v. Cinema Adult Theater (1979).

Citation:
Alexander, James R. 2013. "Evil Angel Eulogy: Reflections on the Passing of the Obscenity Defense in Copyright." Journal of Intellectual Property Law, 20(2): 209-314.
Citation:
Alexander, James R. 2012. "Richardson and Copyright." Notes and Queries, 59(2): 219-224.
Citation:
Alexander, James R. 2013. "Evil Angel Eulogy: Reflections on the Passing of the Obscenity Defense in Copyright." Journal of Intellectual Property Law, 20(2): 209-314.
Citation:
Alexander, James R. 2003. "Obscenity, Pornography and Law in Japan: Reconsidering Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses." Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal 4: 148-168.

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History PRIMARY

Keywords

FIRST AMENDMENT OBSCENITY COPYRIGHT ART CINEMA