About the Journal

The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts is a quarterly, student-edited publication dedicated to up-to-date and in-depth coverage of legal issues involving the art, entertainment, sports, intellectual property, and communications industries. Founded in 1975, the Journal (ISSN: 1544-4848) is one of the most-cited periodicals devoted to arts law issues and features contributions by scholars, judges, practitioners, and students.

Published pieces have addressed topics including fine arts, music, theater, photography, film, arts funding, computer software, copyright, trademark, patent, unfair competition, antitrust, labor, contracts, rights of publicity, right of privacy, cultural property, arbitration, bankruptcy, First Amendment, and not-for-profit, as well as important symposia and the annual Horace S. Manges lecture.

Originally founded by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Journal was until Volume 25 known as the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts. The Journal is also affiliated with the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts and the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Society at Columbia Law School.

Our Editorial Office can be reached by contacting:

Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

Open Access Policy

The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Unless otherwise stated, Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons (CC-BY) License. Under the CC-BY License, Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author as long as they provide appropriate credit. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.

The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their articles.

Submissions Review Policy

All authors' submissions undergo a preliminary screening by the Executive Submissions Editor (ESE) to determine whether an article meets high standards of quality and its content fits with the Journal's scope and mission. Once an article is found to align with the Journal’s interests, the ESE, Submissions Editors (SEs), and Editor-in-Chief (EIC) read the article, review the author’s credentials, and make a collective decision on whether to extend a publication offer. If the author contracts with the Journal, the editing process will be carried out by the Executive Articles Editor (EAE), Articles Editors (AEs), and the Journal's staffers in coordination with the author. The EIC reviews the final version and approves it for publication.

Archiving Policy

The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts is archived in Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.