When Bodies of Law Collide: Copyright, Estates, Divorce

Professor Francis Nevins, Esq.
CLE Date

What happens when the law and legal precedents create internal challenges, particularly in the intersections between copyright law, matrimonial law and estate law?  Learn about some of the most interesting cases involving this intersection, including the case of the will of famed Missouri author Laura Ingalls Wilder (“Little House on the Prairie”). 

Fee:  $25 for non-members of the Law Library Association. Free for Library Members and students and faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law.

Our speaker is Saint Louis University Professor Emeritus Francis Nevins, Esq.  Professor Nevins received his undergraduate degree from St. Peters College and his law degree from New York  University.  His areas of expertise straddle the worlds of fact and fiction.  An expert in estate and copyright law, Nevins was one of the first to explore in depth the legal problems that arise when an author dies. He coined the term “will bumping” to describe how, in certain circumstances, the Copyright Act can “turn an author’s will into a worthless piece of paper.”

Nevins has also written about the interface between copyright and matrimonial law and has argued that a little-known provision of the Copyright Act precludes state courts from treating copyrights as matrimonial or community property when an author divorces.