Shyamkrishna Balganesh is a Professor of Law at Penn Law School. His scholarship focuses on understanding how intellectual property and innovation policy can benefit from the use of ideas, concepts and structures from different areas of the common law, especially private law. Shyam Balganesh’s scholarship focuses on understanding how intellectual property law and innovation policy can benefit from the use of ideas, concepts, and structures from different areas of the common law, especially private law. His recent work tries to understand authorship in copyright law using ideas and principles from the common law of causation. He is also a coauthor on sections relating to the idea-expression dichotomy and the copyrightability of photographs in the copyright law treatise, Nimmer on Copyright.
While at Yale Law School, he was an Articles & Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Student Fellow at the Information Society Project (ISP). Prior to that, he spent two years as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. Recent articles include: "Causing Copyright," Columbia Law Review (2017), "The Questionable Origins of the Copyright Infringement Analysis," Stanford Law Review (2016), "Copyright and Good Faith Purchasers," California Law Review (2016), and "Structure and Value in the Common Law," University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2015),among others.