Professor Spoo Finalizes Oxford Book Contract

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Robert Spoo, the Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law at the TU College of Law, recently finalized a contract with Oxford University Press to publish his next book, Modernism and the American Public Domain, in 2012.

The book explores the challenges that foreign authors faced in obtaining copyright protection for their works in the United States. James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and other famous authors living abroad were often exploited by American pirates because they could not, in that period, sue them for copyright infringement in a U.S. court.

The book, which Oxford plans to publish in its Modernist Literature & Culture series, will appeal to copyright scholars, scholars of social and legal history, literature scholars, and crossover readerships.

Spoo is also the author of "Ezra Pound’s Copyright Statute: Perpetual Rights and the Problem of Heirs," 56 UCLA L. Rev. 1775 (August 2009), and of numerous books and articles on literature and law.

Spoo holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University and earned tenure as an English professor at TU before he obtained his law degree from Yale Law School. After practicing law and clerking for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor (prior to her elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court), he returned to TU on the law faculty in 2008.

In the spring of 2011, the University awarded Spoo one of its highest honors – The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award. Spoo was promoted to full professor in fall 2011 and was named the Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law in December 2011.

Scott Been