Published on April 22, 2022 by Morgan Black  
McFarlin Tim

Associate Professor of Law Tim McFarlin’s most recent article, “A Copyright Ignored? Mark Twain, Mary Ann Cord, and the Meaning of Authorship” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. The peer-reviewed journal is the leading U.S. law review exclusively devoted to the subject of copyright law. Articles are selected by an editorial board of leading professors and practitioners in the field. McFarlin’s article will be published in an upcoming issue of Volume 69.

In addition, McFarlin will deliver a lecture on his article in Elmira, New York, as part of the Center for Mark Twain Studies’ “The Trouble Begins at Eight” series. It will take place on May 18 at 7 p.m. EDT at Quarry Farm, the site where Cord told Twain the story that inspired McFarlin’s article, as well as where Twain wrote some of his most famous works including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The in-person lecture will be open to the public, and a recording will be posted online.

McFarlin teaches courses relating to property and contract law; he specializes in intellectual property such as copyrights, trademarks and patents. In his scholarship, McFarlin has explored how the law intersects and interacts with the creative arts. 

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