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Early this week Professor Sheldon Halpern was unearthing from its box the latest galleys from his book, a new edition of his 2002 COPYRIGHT LAW: PROTECTION OF ORIGINAL EXPRESSION (Carolina Academic Press). "This is more than an update," he explained, adding more than 300 pages. He has been writing annual supplements since the first edition, but this latest version, some 900 pages, weaves updates and new thoughts into the entire text. It is far from all he has been doing. He was in Israel last year, invited to speak at a seminar for 30 Israeli judges examining Israel's new copyright statute. "I was the only non-Israeli in the room, the only one who didn't speak Hebrew," he said, laughing. Professor Halpern, who is the Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology, said that Israel adopted U.S. "fair use" language in the new statute. "I described to them how our Supreme Court approached the doctrine, and the cultural differences between the countries that might affect their experience."Before that he spoke as the Hirschel Smith Lecturer for the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Institute at the Queen Mary University (part of the University of London) on "Trade Mark Rights, Property Rights, and Publicity Rights." This talk reflected his latest article published in the Depaul Law Review, titled "Trafficking in Trademarks: Setting Boundaries for the Uneasy Relationship between ‘Property Rights' and Trademark and Publicity Rights."In June he was at Edinburgh Law School, giving a seminar talk on this issue. He also spoke to a Parliamentary Committee in London on New York's defamation laws. Professor Halpern explained that it was easier to win defamation suits in England than in New York. Consequently, when possible, a party would sue in England and seek enforcement in New York. New York has recently made such foreign judgments unenforceable. "They wanted to better understand New York's thinking and what they might be able to do to work with them," he said.Professor Halpern joined Albany Law School in the fall of 2005 as the Hon. Harold R. Tyler Jr. Chair in Law & Technology and a senior scholar at the Center for Law & Innovation. In 2007, he was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Department of Law of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and graduated first in his class at Cornell Law School. He was a professor at The Ohio State University starting in 1984 and the C. William O'Neill Professor of Law and Judicial Administration since 2001. Before joining academia, Professor Halpern practiced law in New York and Minnesota.He teaches Copyright Law, the law of Defamation and Privacy, and Trademark Law.