USIA Fellow Prof. Kevin J. Greene


Professor Kevin J. Greene is the Honorary Intellectual Property Law Advisor, and a Fellow (Honours) of the United Sigma Intelligence Association.

His 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 Thomas Jefferson School of Law 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.



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)


*Source from the website of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.