Brian Frye, JD

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    Brian L. Frye joined the faculty of the College of Law in 2012. He teaches classes in civil procedure, intellectual property, copyright, and nonprofit organizations, as well as a seminar on law and popular culture. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, and a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He clerked for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court. He received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2005, an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. His research focuses on intellectual property and charity law, especially in relation to artists and arts organizations.

    Professor Frye is also a filmmaker. He produced the documentary Our Nixon (2013), which was broadcast by CNN and opened theatrically nationwide. His short films and videos have shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among other venues, and are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His critical writing on film and art has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, and Incite! among other journals.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Juris Doctor, New York University


    Master of Arts, San Francisco Art Institute


    Bachelor of Arts, University of California San Francisco



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    • A moveable brownbag

      Frye, B. L., Jun 13 2023, Teaching Intellectual Property Law: Strategy and Management. p. 297-307 11 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

    • Epilogue: Personal reflections on NFTs & the death of art

      Frye, B. L., Apr 29 2022, Posthumous Art, Law and the Art Market: The Afterlife of Art. p. 214-223 10 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

    • Technology transfer and the public good

      Frye, B. & Ryan Jr., C. J., 2020, Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. Rooksby, J. H. (ed.). p. 236-255

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

      2 Scopus citations
    • The Right to Unmarry: A Proposal

      Frye, B. L. & Romero, M., 2020, In: Cleveland state law review. 69, 1, p. 89-104 16 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

      1 Scopus citations
    • The Stolen Poem of St. Moling: Literary Ownership in Medieval Ireland

      Frye, B., Oct 23 2020, Forgotten Intellectual Property: Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property. Ghosh, S. (ed.). p. 116-138 23 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter