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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Professor Mary LaFrance Quoted in Forbes

Mary LaFrance is the IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor LaFrance was quoted in a May 7 Forbes article titled, "Inside The Battle Over Illegal Streaming Sites: How The Film Industry Fights Back." 

In the article -- about Popcorn Time, "an app that enables free online streaming of movies and television shows," -- Professor LaFrance says, "To say Popcorn Time performs a public service, I think is a bit misguided. If we want people to invest in creating films and television… if the copyright owner cannot control streaming and derive revenue from it… I think you are going to severely affect content creators’ ability to get a return on investment. ... It’s important to extend copyright infringement to this sort of wide-scale streaming."

Professor LaFrance’s teaching and research interests include domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property.