Robert Brauneis

Portrait of Robert Brauneis
Michael J. McKeon Professor of Intellectual Property Law; Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program; Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies; Member, Managing Board, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Robert Brauneis is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the George Washington University Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (now Justice Breyer), and to Justice David H. Souter. He has also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the city of Chicago.

Professor Brauneis’ teaching and scholarly interests include copyright, trademark, property, and constitutional law. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on copyright law, and of numerous articles on copyright, trademark, and constitutional law. He is a member of the Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and has served as President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. In 2013-2014, he served as the inaugural Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the United States Copyright Office.



BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"Here's What You Need to Know About Twitter Removing That Nickelback Music Video President Trump Used"

October 03, 2019

Robert Brauneis is quoted in Time about a copyright challenge President Trump faces for posting a doctored music video on his Twitter page.

"The Necessary Vulnerability Of Celebrating Your Birthday As An Adult"

August 30, 2019

Robert Brauneis' research on the legal history of the "Happy Birthday" song is mentioned by Quartz.

"Chegg: Professors and Publishers Turn to Copyright Laws to Remove Material from Chegg's Website"

July 19, 2019

Robert Brauneis is quoted by Capitol Forum on potential intellectual property violations regarding test questions posted on Chegg.

“Carlton Dance Not Eligible for Copyright, Government Says”

February 15, 2019

Robert Brauneis is quoted by The New York Times about why he is not surprised that the Carlton Dance, first popularized on the TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” could not be copyrighted by the actor who created it.

“A Real-World Battle Over Dancing Avatars: Did Fortnite Steal the Floss?”

January 11, 2019
Robert Brauneis is quoted in The New York Times about if the dancing Fortnite avatars are violating performers' "right of publicity."