Past Events


Visit the News Law Project to see our guidance on cutting edge newsgathering legal questions, with a special focus on New Jersey.

Digital startups and citizen journalists are plugging the news hole — getting the public important information and keeping the powerful accountable.  If you are providing content for this new information ecosystem, thank you!  You’ve probably run into basic legal questions, such as whether you can post video you captured or whether you need to take down video that has bothered someone.  These are standard newsgathering law questions.

We saw that need and thought we could help, while also training the next generation of legal professionals that can advise journalists.  Here’s what we’re doing:  students, under the supervision of Professor Ellen P. Goodman, are tackling the most common newsgathering law questions from a New Jersey perspective.  And they’re preparing FAQs.  Our goal is not to give you the answers to particular legal questions.  We can’t do that.  Instead, we’re trying to give a sense of the legal terrain — ways to think about your question.

This is not legal advice.  For that, you’ll have to go to a licensed attorney.  We are only dealing with generalities and providing basic information about how the law works in these areas.  If you have more specific questions, you should consult a lawyer.

Here’s what we need from you:  more questions and your experiences!  So, we’ve provided comment space after each question for you to add new questions and share your experiences.  We hope that you can learn from each other.

Thanks to the Geraldine R. Dodge foundation for funding this effort.


November 2, 2015 – Greg Lastowka Memorial Project

Video link of Playing Well: The Intellectual Property of Lego Lecture by
Dan Hunter Remarks by Professors Carrier, McNichol, & Goodman and Dean Oberdiek

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February 27, 2015

RIIPL co-sponsored the “After Actavis” symposium with the University of San Francisco School of Law. The symposium included many of the leading academics, attorneys, and government enforcement officials in the country.

The symposium pieces were published in an issue of the Rutgers University Law Review. In July 2015, the federal district court in Massachusetts cited four of these articles in an opinion on drug patent settlements.

January 10, 2013
RIIPL Forum and Eagleton Institute on NJ Public Media:  Status, Initiatives, and Research

May 23, 2012
RIIPL and Public Knowledge at New America Foundation. 
From Broadcast to Broadband:  New Theories of the Public Interest in Wireless

November 14, 2011
RIIPL Forum on the Future of New Jersey Public Media