Daniel Gervais, professor of law and director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, an organization devoted to clarifying and improving the law through a rigorous and scholarly process.
Gervais is serving as an associate reporter on the Restatement of Law, Copyright project, a new project ALI is launching in 2015. The project will address the subject matter of copyright; the scope of the exclusive rights granted by copyright; copyright “formalities”; the rules governing ownership and transfer of copyrights; the duration of copyright; the standard for copyright infringement; rules regarding the circumvention of copyright protection systems; defenses to copyright infringement, including the first sale limitation and fair use; and remedies, including actual and statutory damages, attorneys’ fees, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief; and criminal penalties.
Gervais is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, a leading guide to the treaty that governs international intellectual property rights. He has taught at Vanderbilt Law School since 2008.