Published on May 31, 2022  
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On May 18, Associate Professor of Law Tim McFarlin delivered a lecture entitled “A Copyright Ignored? Mark Twain, Mary Ann Cord, and the Meaning of Authorship” in Elmira, New York, as part of the Center for Mark Twain Studies’ “The Trouble Begins at Eight” series. 

The lecture took place at Quarry Farm, the site where Cord told Twain the story that inspired McFarlin’s lecture, as well as where Twain wrote some of his most famous works including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  A recording of McFarlin’s lecture can be viewed here.  

Recently, "A Copyright Ignored?" was 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. 

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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