The Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal was organized in 1990. Each year the Fordham IPLJ publishes one volume, comprised of four separate books in all areas of intellectual property law including: Patent law, Copyright law, Trademark law, Telecommunications, Internet law, Counterfeiting, Bootlegging and piracy issues, Entertainment and sports law, First Amendment rights, and Mass media law. Each book includes Articles, Essays, Comments, and Notes written by distinguished outside contributors, such as law professors, judges, and practicing lawyers, as well as student members of the Fordham IPLJ and Fordham University School of Law.
In 2015, according to surveys compiled by Washington & Lee University, the Fordham IPLJ was ranked #1 law journal in arts, entertainment & sports law, and #4 in intellectual property law. The Fordham IPLJ articles have been read into the Congressional Record, cited in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and in amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal serves to contribute to legal scholarship by addressing important legal issues in intellectual property law, and to educate and foster intellectual dialogues amongst students. The Fordham IPLJ’s editorial team strives to be the front-runners in academic intellectual property law—to select, edit, and publish articles and notes on cutting edge topics in intellectual property law.
In 2015, the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal launched its new website—developed in-house by the Volume XXVI Editorial Board from the ground up—with a principal goal in mind: to serve as an key channel of scholarship in intellectual property law. To serve this function, the redesigned website encompasses a variety of design elements suited for the modern web and appealing to a digital audience, all while adeptly incorporating its traditional text-heavy scholarly print publications.
In 2016, the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal launched the first episode of the Fordham IPLJ Podcast. The podcast enables the journal put a unique voice behind the individual members of our staff. The main goal of our podcast is to discuss current events in intellectual property law, while working through novel problems in this area of law. Our hope is that the podcast appeals to both the legal and non-legal communities. While there will always be a significant amount of legal substance discussed within each episode, the podcast also aims to provide moments of comedy and general discussion in order to keep listeners returning every week.
The Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, in addition to its publications, conducts several special events for practitioners and the academic community. Our annual IPLJ Symposium invites distinguished practitioners and legal scholars as panelists, covering present-day issues in copyright, patent, and trademark law. Fordham’s Annual Conference on International Intellectual Property Law and Policy is one of the most prominent and best attended conference in the field, attracting judges, practitioners, and scholars from around the world.