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. 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. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons (CC-BY) License. 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.
Peer 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.
The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts is distributed through 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.
Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.