Kristelia García

Associate Professor of Law & Dean's Faculty Fellow

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building Room
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 425

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In addition to teaching at the University of Colorado Law School, Professor García serves as Director of the Intellectual Property Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, where she hosts an annual copyright conference. Her research is focused on the intersection of intellectual property and economics, with a particular focus on competition and private ordering. Her work has been published in the New York University Law Review, and the California Law Review, among others.

Prior to joining Colorado Law, Professor García was a visiting associate professor and the Frank H. Marks Fellow in Intellectual Property at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. She is also an affiliated fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. As a practicing lawyer, Professor García worked in the music industry in Los Angeles; first at Quinn Emanuel as outside counsel to Napster, then as Director of Business Development in charge of content licensing at MySpace Music, and most recently in digital strategy as Director at Universal Music Group. Prior to her work in music, she was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.

Professor García earned her BA in Economics at Columbia University, and her JD at Yale Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology. She is a member of the American Law and Economics Association and the Society for Empirical Legal Studies.


The Emperor's New Copyright, B.U. L. REV.____ (forthcoming 2023).


Authoring Prior Art, 75 VAND. L. REV.1159 (2022) (with Joseph Fishman).
Pay-to-Playlist: The Commerce of Streaming, 12 UC IRVINE L. REV. 805 (2022) (with Christopher Buccafusco).
Copyright and Economic Viability: Evidence from the Music Industry, 17 J. EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUD. 4 (2020) (with James Hicks and Justin McCrary).
Super-Statutory Contracting, 95 WASHINGTON L. REV. 101 (2020).
Monetizing Infringement, 54 UC DAVIS L. REV. 265 (2020).
Copyright Arbitrage, 107 CALIF. L. REV. 199 (2019).
A Reconsideration of Copyright's Term, 71 ALABAMA L. REV. 351 (2019) (with Justin McCrary).
Facilitating Competition by Remedial Regulation, 31 BERKELEY TECH. L. J. 183 (2016).
Penalty Default Licenses: A Case for Uncertainty, 89 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1117 (2014).
Private Copyright Reform, 20 MICH. TELECOMM. & TECH. L. REV. 1 (2013).

Book Chapters

Contracts v. Copyright: Contemporary Musician Income Streams, (forthcoming chapter in Oxford Handbook of Music Law & Policy, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2020).

Online Essays

Improving the Quality & Consistency of Copyright Infringement Analysis in Music, BERKELEY TECH. L.J. COMMENTARIES (Jan. 23, 2018).
Technological Rights Accretion, 36 YALE J. ON REG.: NOTICE & COMMENT (Sept. 19, 2018).
Royalty Securitization, HARVARD J. LAW & TECH. DIGEST (Oct. 23, 2017).


Fall 2022 Copyright LAWS 7301-801
Fall 2022 Trademark and Unfair Competition Law LAWS 7341-801
Spring 2022 Property LAWS 5624-801
Spring 2022 Copyright LAWS 7301-801
Spring 2021 Seminar: Special Topics in Intellectual Property LAWS 8036-801
Fall 2020 Copyright LAWS 7301-801
Fall 2020 Trademark and Unfair Competition Law LAWS 7341-801
Spring 2020 Copyright LAWS 7301-801
Spring 2020 Trademark and Unfair Competition Law LAWS 7341-801
Fall 2018 Copyright LAWS 7301-802
Fall 2018 Copyright LAWS 7301-901
Spring 2018 Property LAWS 5624-803
Spring 2018 Seminar: Special Topics in Intellectual Property LAWS 8036-801
Fall 2017 Copyright LAWS 7301-801
Spring 2017 Property LAWS 5624-803
Spring 2017 Copyright LAWS 7301-001
Spring 2016 Property LAWS 5624-801
Spring 2016 Copyright LAWS 7301-001
Fall 2015 Trademark and Unfair Competition Law LAWS 7341-001
Spring 2015 Property LAWS 5624-801
Fall 2014 Trademark and Unfair Competition Law LAWS 7341-001