Zahr K. Said

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Lead Faculty Director, CASRIP
Associate Professor of Law

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  • May 26, 2017

    Source: Oral Argument (Podcast)

    A discussion with Zahr Said on what makes creative works similar and the role of the "reader" in constructing a work's meaning. (5/26/17)
  • Jul 28, 2016

    Source: KUOW

    Several independent artists found their original designs popping up on clothing at Zara, a Spain-based retailer with stores around the world, including here in Seattle. (7/28/16)
  • Nov 11, 2015


    Last week, a bot learned to write short descriptions of images based on Taylor Swift lyrics its master had fed it. These were then set to music to produce a short Swiftian music video. The results weren’t anything that passed for a chart-topping hit, but it raises an interesting question: Where is the line between robo-fan-art and plagiarism? (11/11/15)
  • Jan 30, 2015

    Source: KUOW

    One vendor, Samantha Manalang, was also amped. It's the build-up to a second Seahawks Super Bowl in a row, which is amazing of course, but also a boost to her small business. She designs and prints apparel, much of it sports-themed. (1/30/15)
  • Jun 25, 2014

    Source: Marketplace

    The Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo violates federal copyright law by retransmitting copyrighted programs without paying a fee, in a case that was watched closely by everyone from ABC to Google to the NFL.
    The case involved internet start-up Aereo, which streams broadcast television – CBS, NBC, Fox, and the like – to consumers on their phones, tablets, and computers, but doesn’t pay those providers retransmission fees. Instead, the company charges a subscription of up to $12 a month for which subscribers receive a tiny antenna to stream and record broadcast TV.

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