Kevin J. Greene

Kevin Greene
Professor of Law
J.D., Yale Law School;
B.A., State University of New York at Old Westbury, summa cum laude
Phone: (619) 961-4246

Professor (K.J.) Greene is a native New Yorker and a former United States Marine. Following graduation from Yale Law School with highest honors, he clerked for Justice James Brickley of the Michigan Supreme Court and was awarded honors for outstanding service to the court. He then practiced law at the premier Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore, where he represented Time-Warner/HBO. He subsequently joined the New York firm of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Selz, where he represented clients in the entertainment industry, including director Spike Lee, the rap group Public Enemy, Geraldo Rivera and singer Bobby Brown.

Since joining the TJSL faculty, Professor Greene has developed a national reputation as an intellectual property scholar, where his work was among the first to explore the intersection of race, culture and intellectual property. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on copyright law, trademark law and celebrity rights of publicity in connection with the music and motion picture industries in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Hastings Entertainment and Communications Law Journal, and Syracuse University Law Review, among others. He was selected a “Top Attorney” in San Diego in the field of intellectual property in 2005.

Professor Greene speaks regularly before leading intellectual property law groups, including the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the Practicing Law Institute and the Intellectual Property Scholar’s Conference and at leading academic institutions around the country. He has served on the boards of the San Diego chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and San Diego Lawyer Magazine, and is an officer of the Soka Gaki Institute (“SGI”), a Buddhist lay organization.

Courses include: Contracts, Entertainment Law and Music Law.

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Idea Theft: Frivolous Copyright-Lite Claims, or Hollywood Business Model? , 7 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 119 (2015)

African-American Innovators and Copyright Law: From Blues and Soul to Funk and Hip-Hop, in Hip Hop and the Law: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement 277 (Pamela Bridgewater, Andre Douglas Pond Cummings, and Donald F. Tibbs ed., Carolina Academic Press 2015)

The Right of Publicity: Is the Rent "Too Damn High"?, in Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2011, 279 (2011)

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag: James Brown, Innovation, and Copyright Law, African American Culture and Legal Discourse (Lovalerie King & Richard Schur eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Intellectual Property at the Intersection of Race and Gender: Or Lady Sings the Blues, 16 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 365 (2008)

Trademark Law and Racial Subordination: From the Marketing of Stereotypes to Norms of Authorship, 58 Syracuse L. Rev. 431 (2008)

There's No Business Like Show Business: Using Multimedia Materials to Teach Entertainment Law, 52 St. Louis U. L.J. 765 (2008)

Intellectual Property Expansion: The Good, the Bad and the Right of Publicity, 11 Chapman L. Rev. 521 (2008)

Copynorms, Black Cultural Production and the Debate over African-American Reparations, 25 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 1179 (2008)

What the Treatment of African-American Artists Can Teach About Copyright Law, in Peter K Yu, Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issue and Practices in the Digital Age (2007)

Abusive Trademark Litigation and the Shrinking Doctrine of Consumer Confusion: Rethinking Trademark Paradigms in the Context of Entertainment Media and Cyberspace, 27 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 609 (2004)

Clearance Issues From a Litigation Perspective: Intellectual Property Infringement and Motion Picture Liability, in 2 Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 255 (Practicing Law Institute, 2001)

Motion Picture Copyright Infringement and the Presumption of Irreparable Harm: Toward a Reevaluation of the Standard for Injunctive Relief, 31 Rutgers L.J. 173 (1999)

Copyright, Culture, and Black Music: A Legacy of Unequal Protection, 21 Hastings Comm & Ent. L.J. 339 (1999)

Terrorism as Impermissible Political Violence: An International Law Framework, 16 Vt. L. Rev. 461 (1992)

Download a list of Shorter Work for Professor Greene

Speaker, Academic Boot Camp, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Apr. 2010

Presenter, Copyright, Clearance and Independent Film Production, Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix, AZ, Apr. 2010

Speaker, Critical Race Theory and Intellectual Property, UCLA Law School Conference on Intersectionality, Los Angeles, CA, Apr. 2010

Speaker, Admitted Students Day, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Mar. 2010

Organized/Moderated, Film Clearance Panel, San Diego Black Film Festival, San Diego, CA, Mar. 2010

Speaker, Common Law Contracts and Black Rock and Blues Artists, Contracts Conference, University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 2010

Panelist, Intellectual Property Roundtable at the Daily Transcript, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2010

Speaker, Trademarks: A Primer for High Tech Executives, Mintz Levin Law Firm, San Diego, CA, Dec. 2009

Organized/Hosted, Salute to TJSL Veterans, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2009

Produced/Hosted, Pay No Attention to the Man behind the Curtain: Ending the Cycle of Abuse Hidden behind the Curtain of the Military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Policy (with Center for Law and Social Justice and Diana Mryolen), San Diego, CA, Nov. 2009

Produced/Moderated/Hosted, An Evening with Stars: All-Stars of Entertainment (with Entertainment Law Society and Victor Tsoi), San Diego, CA, Nov. 2009

Commentator, U.S. Intellectual History Conference, New York City, NY, Nov. 2009

Keynote Speaker, Trademark Overreaching and Artistic Expression, Paralegal Association on Intellectual Property, San Diego, CA, Oct. 2009

Speaker, ACLU Constitution Day, High Tech High School, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2009

Copyright, Innovation and the Treatment of Black Artists—from the Blues to Hip-Hop, Entertainment Law Section, National Bar Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, Aug. 2009

Abusive Trademark Litigation: Caging the Trademark Monster, Thompson Compumark- Telling Your Client “No,” webinar, June 2009

African-American Cultural Production and Artist-Centered Models of IP Protection, Keynote Presenter, National Intellectual Property Empowerment Summit, Howard University Law School, Washington, D.C., Mar. 2009

Women as Global Consumers, Organized and Moderated, Women in Technology International (“WITI”), San Diego, CA, Feb. 2009

Martin Luther King All Community Learning Day, Dor Hadash Synagogue, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2009

Unconscionable Contracts: From Cruise Ship to Motion Picture Contracts, Keynote Speaker, National Contract Management Association, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2009

Trademark Bullies and Abusive Trademark Litigation, Keynote Speaker, 26th Annual National CLE Conference, Vail, CO, Jan 2009

High Tech Middle School on ACLU, Presenter, High Tech Middle Media Arts School, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2008

Trends in Digital Distribution, Production and Advertising, Organizer and Moderator, High-Tech Consortium of Southern California, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2008

What is Entertainment Law, Organizer and Presenter, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA Sept. 2008

IP at the Intersection of Gender and Race, Presenter, 5th Annual IP/Gender Conference, American University School of Law, Washington, D.C. Apr. 2008

Copyright Law and Originality- Lessons from the Blues, Hosier Distinguished Speaker, DePaul University School of Law, Chicago, IL, Mar. 2008

Intellectual Property Expansion and the Right of Publicity, Presenter, 10th Annual Chapman Law Review Symposium, Chapman Law School, Orange, CA, Feb. 2008

Revisiting Abusive Trademark Litigation in the Context of Expressive Works, Creators vs Consumers: The Rhetoric, Reality & Reformation of Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference, Syracuse University Law School, Syracuse, NY, Oct. 26, 2007

Black Cultural Appropriation, Indigenous Theft and Feminist Critiques of Intellectual Property, LatCrit 12th Annual Conference, Florida International University College of Law, Miami Beach, FL, Oct. 6, 2007

Intellectual Property at the Intersection of Race and Gender - or “Lady Sings the Blues,” Intellectual Property Scholar’s Conference, Depaul University Law School, Chicago, IL, Aug. 2007

Copynorms, the Blues and the Crisis of Copyright Law: How Socio-Economic Theory Can Inform Copyright Reform, AALS Section on Socio-Economics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Jan. 2007

Contract Making, Breaking and Damages Hollywood Style, National Contract Management Association, San Diego Chapter, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2006

Black Cultural Appropriation as a Violation of International Norms of Intellectual Property, International Law Association, American Branch, New York, NY, Oct. 2006

Stereotyping and Cultural Devaluation as a Moral Rights Violation, Association of American Law Schools (AALS),Workshop on Intellectual Property, Panel on Moral Rights, Vancouver, Canada, June 2006

Recent Developments in Trademark Law: Apple Computer vs. the Beatles Apple Label, San Diego County Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, San Diego, CA, May 2006

How to Build a Great Law School, New Student Open House, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Apr. 2006

Remedies and Reparations for Intellectual Property Deprivations, Western People of Color Conference, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA, Apr. 2006

Black Artistic Production and the Case for Reparations for Intellectual Property Deprivations, Taking Reparations Seriously, Scholarly Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Mar. 2006

Copynorms, Digital Copyright Infringement and Black Music Appropriation, AALS, Washington, DC, Jan. 2006

RIAA Filesharing Lawsuits and Devenses to Copyright Infringement, UCSD, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2005

Using Patent Law Standards to Inform the Law of Ideas, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Patent Law Conference at Qualcomm Corp., San Diego, CA, Nov. 2005

Copyright in the Digital Age, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 2005

Defenses to Copyright Infringement for Online File Sharing, UCSD, San Diego, CA, Apr 2005

African-American Reparations and Intellectual Property, Michigan State College of Law, East Lansing, MI, Feb. 2005

So You Want to be an Entertainment Lawyer? Strategies for Breaking Into the Industry, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2005

Organized and Moderated, The Uncertain Future of the Music Industry, TJSL Alumni Event, San Diego, CA, Oct. 2004

Careers in Entertainment Law, Martin Luther King High School, Manhattan, NY, Oct. 2004

Copyright Infringement and Rap Music Production, Youth Workshop on Hip-Hop and Music Industry, Grassroots Artists Movement, Manhattan, NY, Oct. 2004

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.

International Students Participate in Thomas Jefferson School of Law's Legal English Program

February 13, 2018

Last month, Thomas Jefferson School of Law hosted thirty law students and lawyers from Brazil for its Legal English Program. 

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Professor Kevin J. Greene Speaks at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

March 8, 2017

Last month, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Kevin J. Greene, at the invitation of the Center for Intellectual Property at the Indiana...

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Kevin J. Greene interviewed by Wired on memes and intellectual property law.

March 1, 2017

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Kevin J. Greene Wins IP Vanguard Award

December 2, 2016

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Kevin J. Greene was recognized by the Intellectual Property (IP) Law Section of the State Bar of...

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor KJ Greene interviewed by KUSI on the "Stairway to Heaven" lawsuit

June 16, 2016

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Business Law

  • Consumer Law
  • Contracts
  • eCommerce

Communication Law

  • Cyberspace/Internet Law

Entertainment and Media Law

Intellectual Property

  • Celebrity Image
  • Copyright
  • Idea Law
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition

Race and the Law