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Shyamkrishna Balganesh

Professor of Law

Shyamkrishna Balganesh

Shyam Balganesh’s scholarship focuses on understanding how intellectual property and innovation policy can benefit from the use of ideas, concepts and structures from different areas of the common law, especially private law. His most recent work examines the absence of good faith purchaser protection in copyright law and the consequences of this anomaly for the ownership of movable property. Continue reading…


  • Copyright
  • Property Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Law and Technology
  • Legal Philosophy

Articles and Book Chapters

Copyright and Good Faith Purchasers, 104 CALIF. L. REV. (forthcoming 2016)

Equity's Unstated Domain: The Role of Equity in Shaping Copyright Law, 163 U. PA. L. REV. (forthcoming May 2015) (with Gideon Parchomovsky).

Structure and Value in the Common Law, 163 U. PA. L. REV. (forthcoming April 2015) (with Gideon Parchomovsky).

Codifying the Common Law of Property in India: Crystallization and Standardization as Strategies of Constraint, 63 AM. J. COMP. L. (forthcoming 2015).

Unplanned Coauthorship, 100 VA. L. REV. 1683 (2014).

Judging Similarity, 100 IOWA L. REV. 267 (2014) (with Irina D. Manta & Tess Wilkinson-Ryan).

Alienability and Copyright Law, in CONCEPTS OF PROPERTY IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Helena R. Howe & Jonathan Griffiths, eds, Cambridge 2013).

Copyright Infringement Markets, 113 COLUM. L. REV. 2277 (2013).

Gandhi and Copyright Pragmatism, 101 CALIF. L. REV. 1705 (2013).

Stewarding the Common Law of Copyright, 61 J. COPYRIGHT SOC'Y U.S.A. 103 (2013).

The Uneasy Case Against Copyright Trolls, 86 S. CAL. L. REV. 723 (2013).

The Normativity of Copying in Copyright Law, 62 DUKE L.J. 203 (2012).

The Obligatory Structure of Copyright Law: Unbundling the Wrong of Copying, 125 HARV. L. REV. 1664 (2012).

Quasi-Property: Like, But Not Quite Property, 160 U. PA. L. REV. 1889 (2012).

The Uncertain Future of "Hot News" Misappropriation After Barclays Capital v., 112 COLUM. L. REV. SIDEBAR 134 (2012).

"Hot News": The Enduring Myth of Property in News, 111 COLUM. L. REV. 419 (2011).

The Pragmatic Incrementalism of Common Law Intellectual Property, 63 VAND. L. REV. 1543 (2010).

Tiered Originality and the Dualism of Copyright Incentives, 95 VA. L. REV. IN BRIEF 67 (2009).

Foreseeability and Copyright Incentives, 122 HARV. L. REV. 1569 (2009).

Debunking Blackstonian Copyright, 118 YALE L.J. 1126 (2009).

Demystifying the Right to Exclude: Of Property, Inviolability, and Automatic Injunctions, 31 HARV. J L. & PUB. POL’Y 593 (2008).

The Social Costs of Property Rights in Broadcast (and Cable) Signals, 22 BERKELEY TECH. L.J. 1303 (2008).

Rethinking Copyright: Property Through the Lenses of Unjust Enrichment and Unfair Competition, 156 U. PA L. REV. PENNUMBRA 345 (2008).

Common Law Property Metaphors on the Internet: The Real Problem with the Doctrine of Cybertrespass, 12 MICH. TELECOMM. & TECH. L. REV. 265 (2006).

Property Along the Tort Spectrum: Trespass to Chattels and the Anglo-American Doctrinal Divergence, 35 COMMON L. WORLD REV. 135 (2006).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Property Law & Theory
  • Common Law Theory


Penn Law – Professor of Law (2014- ); Assistant Professor of Law (2009-14); Co-Director Penn Center for Asian Law (2014- )

University of Chicago Law School – Bigelow Fellow & Lecturer in Law (2007-09)

Law Clerk to Justice (later Chief Justice) V.N. Khare of the Supreme Court of India (Winter 2002)

World Bank - Legal Consultant (Summer 2005)

Union for the Public Domain (UPD), Washington, DC - Board Member and World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (WIPO-SCCR) Representative (2004- )

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York – Summer Associate (2006)


  • Property Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Copyright Theory
  • Property Theory

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