Hannibal Travis

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Hannibal Travis
Professor of Law

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J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Washington University

Hannibal Travis teaches and conducts research in the fields of cyberlaw, intellectual property, antitrust, international and comparative law, and human rights. He joined FIU after several years practicing intellectual property and Internet law at O’Melveny & Myers in San Francisco, California, and at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. He has also served as the Irving Cypen Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Florida, a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Villanova University, and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford. He graduated summa cum laude in philosophy from Washington University, where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as a teaching assistant in philosophy classes taught at Harvard College. After law school, Professor Travis clerked for the United States District Court in Los Angeles, California. Professor Travis has published articles on copyright, trademark, and antitrust law in a variety of journals and books. He has also published works on antitrust law, telecommunications law, and net neutrality in American University Law Review, Hofstra Law Review, and Santa Clara Law Review.

His works have focused on the intellectual property implications of new technologies and user-generated content, as well as antitrust law as applied to broadband and Wi-Fi Internet access markets.  He has contributed to symposia and edited volumes on the international and comparative law of copyright and performers’ rights, including a piece on software contracts and copyright that was selected by West Group as one of the best articles relating to intellectual property law that was published in 2010. Professor Travis has also published widely on genocide, cultural survival, and human rights. He is currently an editorial advisory board member of Genocide Studies International (University of Toronto Press), and has served as a peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted to Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Routledge, and Genocide Studies and Prevention (the journal of the International Association of Genocide Scholars). He has coached FIU’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team, Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court team, and BMI Copyright Law Moot Court team. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the American Law and Economics Association.

Cyberlaw and Intellectual Property Publications:

Copyright Class Struggle: Creative Economies in the Social Media Age (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018)

Counter-IP Conspiracies: Patent Alienability and the Sherman Antitrust Act, 71 Miami L. Rev. 758-858 (2016)

The Economics of Book Digitization and the Google Books Litigation, in Research Handbook on E-Commerce (John A. Rothchild ed.) (forthcoming 2016).

Free Speech Institutions and Fair Use of Copyrighted Work: A New Agenda for Copyright Reform, 33 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 673 (2016).

Myths of the Internet as the Death of Old Media, 43 AIPLA Q.J. 1 (2015).

Chapter 9: Neutralizing the Open Internet and Chapter 10: The “Monster” that Ate Social Networking?, in Cyberspace Law: Censorship and Regulation of the Internet (Hannibal Travis ed. 2013).

Patent Alienability and Its Discontents, 17 Tul. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 109 (2014).

WIPO and the American Constitution: Thoughts on a New Treaty Relating to Actors and Musicians, 16 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 45 (2014).

YouTube from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Tyrannize Locally, Censor Globally, in Transnational Culture in the Internet Age 76 (Adam Candeub & Sean A. Pager eds. 2012).

Estimating the Economic Impact of Mass Digitization Projects on Copyright Holders: Evidence from the Google Book Search Litigation, 57 J. Copyright Soc’y USA 907 (2011) (peer-reviewed).

The FCC’s New Theory of the First Amendment, 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 417 (2011).

Postmodern Censorship of Pacifist Content on Television and the Internet, 25 Notre Dame J. of L. Ethics & Pub. Pol’y 47 (2011).

The Principles of the Law of Software Contracts: At Odds with Copyright, Consumers, and European Law?, 84 Tul. L. Rev. 1557 (2010).

The Future According to Google: Technology Policy from the Standpoint of America’s Fastest-Growing Technology Company, 11 Yale J.L. & Tech. 209 (2009).

Opting Out of the Internet in the United States and European Union: Copyright, Safe Harbors, and International Law, 84 Notre Dame L. Rev. 331 (2008).

Of Blogs, eBooks, and Broadband: Access to Digital Media as a First Amendment Right, 35 Hofstra L. Rev. 1519 (2007).

Wi-Fi Everywhere: Universal Broadband Access as Antitrust and Telecommunications Policy, 55 Am. U.L. Rev. 1697 (2006).

Google Book Search and Fair Use: iTunes for Authors, or Napster for Books?, 61 Miami L. Rev. 87 (2006).

Building Universal Digital Libraries: An Agenda for Copyright Reform, 33 Pepp. L. Rev. 761 (2006).

The Battle for Mindshare: The Emerging Consensus that the First Amendment Protects Corporate Criticism and Parody on the Internet, 10 Virginia J.L. & Tech. 3 (2005).

Pirates of the Information Infrastructure: Blackstonian Copyright and the First Amendment, 15 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 777 (2000).

International Law & Human Rights Publications:

Genocide, Ethnonationalism, and the United Nations: Exploring The Causes of Mass Killing Since 1945 (2012).

Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan (2010).

Counterinsurgency as/and Genocidal Intent: From the Ottoman Christians to the Bosnian Muslims, in From Catastrophe to Genocide: The Armenian Question Revisited A Hundred Years Later (Alexis Demirdjian ed. 2016).

Genocide by Deportation into Poverty: Western Diplomats on Ottoman Christian Killings and Expulsions, 1914-1925, in Genocide in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic: Comparative Studies on the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks 1913–1923 (George Shirinian ed.) (forthcoming 2016).

Reparations for Mass Atrocities as a Path to Peace: After Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, Can Victims Seeks Relief at the International Criminal Court?, 40 Brook. J. Int’l L. 1 (2015).

The Lessons of Late Ottoman Genocides for Contemporary Iraq and Syria, Armenian Wkly., Oct. 23, 2014.

Child Soldiers: Children’s Rights in the Time and War and Genocide, in The Plight and Fate of Children During and Following Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review (Samuel Totten ed. 2014) (with Sara Demir).

On the Original Understanding of the Crime of Genocide, 8 Genocide Stud. & Prevention: Int’l J. 30 (2012).

The International Arms Trade and the Prevention of Genocide: The Law and Practice of Arming Genocidal Governments, in Impediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review 195 (Samuel Totten ed. 2012).

Constructing “The Armenian Genocide”: How Genocide Scholars Unremembered the Ottoman Assyrians and Greeks, in Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, Memory 171 (Alex Laban Hinton et al. eds. 2014).

Did the Armenian Genocide Inspire Hitler?, 20 Middle E.Q. 27 (2013).

The Assyrian Genocide: A Tale of Oblivion and Denial, in Forgotten Genocides: Oblivion, Denial, and Memory 123 (René Lemarchand ed. 2011).