Betsy Rosenblatt - Faculty & Adjuncts

Betsy Rosenblatt

Betsy Rosenblatt
Betsy Rosenblatt
Professor of Law
College of Law


JD – Harvard Law School BA – Williams College


Professor Betsy Rosenblatt teaches intellectual property courses including Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Patent Law, and Video Game Law, as well as Civil Procedure. Before coming to Tulsa, Prof. Rosenblatt spent two years teaching at U.C. Davis Law School and nine years on the faculty of Whittier Law School in Southern California. She has also taught at USC Gould School of Law, UCLA Law School, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), and University of Maastricht (Netherlands).

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Prof. Rosenblatt practiced intellectual property litigation at the firm of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where she specialized in the areas of entertainment, copyright, trademark, and patent law. She represented clients in television, video game, film, semiconductor, DNA microarray, consumer electronics, and other industries. She currently volunteers as the Chair of the Legal Committee of the Organization for Transformative Works (

Professor Rosenblatt's scholarship focuses on intellectual property theory and intersections between intellectual property law and social justice. Her work has been published by the U.C. Irvine Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Florida Law Review, Florida State Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, and University of Ottawa Press, among others. She is a frequent speaker at scholarly conferences as well as more popular venues like San Diego Comic Con and South by Southwest.

Research Interests

Intellectual Property Law & Theory
Entertainment Law & Theory
Social Justice
Popular Culture and Fandom
Gender & Sexuality

Teaching Interests

Copyright Law
Trademark Law
Patent Law
Intellectual Property Law
Video Game Law
Civil Procedure


Law Reviews

  • Copyright’s One-Way Racial Appropriation Ratchet, 53 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 591 (2019).

  • Fair Use as Resistance, 9 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 377 (2019).

  • Who Will Speak for The Slender Man?: Dialogism and Dilemmas in Character Copyright, 70 Fla. L. Rev. Forum 69 (2019).

  • Belonging as Intellectual Creation, 82 Missouri L. Rev. 91 (2017).

  • The Adventure of the Shrinking Public Domain, 86 Colo. L. R. 561 (2015).

  • Fear and Loathing: Shame, Shaming and Intellectual Property, 63 DePaul L. R. 1 (2014).

  • Intellectual Property’s Negative Space: Beyond the Utilitarian, 40 Florida State Law Rev. 441 (Spring 2013).

  • A Theory of IP’s Negative Space, 37:3 Columbia J. Law & the Arts 317 (2011).

  • Rethinking the Parameters of Trademark Use in Entertainment, 61 Florida L.R. 1011 (Dec. 2009).

  • Deborah A. Widiss, Elizabeth L. Rosenblatt, and Douglas NeJaime, Exposing Sex Stereotypes in Recent Same-Sex Marriage Jurisprudence, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 30:2 (Summer 2007).

Book Chapters

  • “What one man can invent another can discover”: The British Patent Controversy and the Sherlock Holmes Canon, in Canon Law (BSI Press, 2018).

  • A Good Practical Knowledge of British Law: Intellectual Property and Copyright Issues (with Jonathan Kirsch), in Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen

  • Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use (with Rebecca Tushnet), in eGirls, eCitizens: Girls’ Experiences of Gender, Privacy and Equality Online (U. Ottowa Press, 2015).

  • Stained Vows: “The Second Stain” and English Matrimonial Law, Irregular Stain (R. Katz & A. Solberg, eds, 2014).

Book Reviews

  • What’s Law Got to Do With It? (Book review of Creativity Without Law (NYU Press, Aaron Perzanowski and Kate Darling, eds.)) 30 I.P.J. 407 (2018)

Journal Articles

  • The Great Game and the Copyright Villain, 23 Transformative Works & Cultures (2017)

  • A Pretty Little Intellectual [Property] Problem: Understanding the “Free Sherlock” Ruling, 64:1 The Baker Street Journal 28 (Spring 2014).

  • Sherlock Holmes Fan Fiction, 62:3 The Baker Street Journal 33 (Winter 2012).

Courses Taught

  • Tulsa Law Review
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Intellectual Prop Law