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Student Articles Recognized for Achievement

June 2, 2011 | Students

Two articles written by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law students have been selected as two of the best law review articles within the last year in the field of entertainment, publishing, and the arts. As such, they have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, published annually by Thomson Reuters (West). This Handbook provides in-depth treatment and comprehensive coverage of the latest issues, regulations, legislation, and case law affecting the entertainment and publishing industries and the arts.

The first article was written by Joshua R. Schonauer ’10 and is titled Star Billing? Recasting State Tax Incentives for the “Hollywood” Machine.

“When I was selecting a note topic, I knew I wanted to write about issues in entertainment policy, and I happened across an article in the New York Times one day about “runaway productions” that were filming in foreign locations not for the scenery, but instead for the cost-cutting benefits,” Schonauer said. “The article also discussed the creative ways states were attempting to lure these productions back. Using the bad economy as a backdrop, I thought it might be interesting to explore how the TV and film industry–traditionally believed to be recession-proof–could adapt, and to examine the states that had developed a healthy entertainment infrastructure and which states were truly in a race to the bottom.”

The article was published in the Ohio State Law Journal in 2010, and was written by Schonauer during his second year of law school.

“It’s an honor to know that someone–anyone!–out there has read my article,” Schonauer said. “However, what makes me most proud is knowing that a piece originally published in the Ohio State Law Journal, an organization that meant so much to me during my time at OSU, has been recognized. I truly hope that when anyone sees this Note, it reflects most positively on the Moritz College of Law and the Ohio State Law Journal, and particularly to student contributions to legal scholarship.”

Schonauer is currently an associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York, where he focuses on litigation.

The second article was written by Oliver A. Khan ’10 and is titled Me, Myself, and My Avatar: The Right to the Likeness of Our Digital Selves.

“The summer after my 1L year, I played World of Warcraft. My main character was a Troll mage named Hellebores. I was really terrible at the game. Hellebores was not very strong and I did not play him very well, but I felt a strong connection to the character. The structure and play of the game really made it feel as if the character was an extension of myself,” Khan said. “At the end of the summer, I was selected to join the staff of the I/S Journal. One of the first things the board began discussing with us was selecting a topic for our notes. I had no idea what I wanted to do at the time, but we were told to select something in the topic of privacy law. Luckily for me, privacy is an enormous area of law, which includes privacy torts, including the right to likeness.”

The article was published in the I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.

“I started writing it during my 2L year. It was very dull at first. But then, during the spring, I took Debby Merritt’s Law & Psychology class,” Khan said. “Not only was the class great, but she taught us how to research psychological studies. Psychology research made the topic a lot more interesting to write and think about. Humanities scholars had been exploring the psychological and sociological implications of digitizing our lives for much longer than legal scholars. Their perspective really added a new and valuable dimension to the note.”

Khan is currently serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Hyman, Chancery Division at the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago.