Faculty and Administration Profiles

Matthew Sag

Title/s:  Georgia Reithal Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development

Office #:  Corboy 1438

Phone: 312.915.7223


External Webpage: http://www.matthewsag.com


Matthew Sag is a Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago. Professor Sag has also taught at DePaul University, the University of Virginia and Northwestern University.

Prior to his academic career, Matthew Sag practiced as an intellectual property attorney in the United Kingdom with Arnold & Porter and in Silicon Valley, California with Skadden, Arps. Professor Sag earned his law degree with honors from the Australian National University and clerked for Justice Paul Finn of the Federal Court of Australia.

Professor Sag's research focuses on the intersection of law and technology and law and economics. He is a well known expert on Copyright law whose articles have been cited in Federal Court cases and in briefs to the United States Supreme Court. Professor Sag's work has been published in, among other places, Nature, the California Law Review, Northwestern Law Review and Georgetown Law Review.


BA, Australian National University
LLB, (Hons) Australian National University

Selected Publications

The New Oral Argument: Justices as Advocates, 94 Notre Dame Law Review __ (2019) (with Tonja Jacobi) (forthcoming).

Defense Against the Dark Arts of Copyright Trolling, 103 Iowa Law Review 571 (2018) (with Jake Haskell).

Internet Safe Harbors and the Transformation of Copyright Law, 93 Notre Dame Law Review 499 (2017)

Empirical Studies of Copyright Litigation, Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II — Analytical Methods) (Edward Elgar Publishing) (2017) (Forthcoming). 

IP Litigation in US District Courts: 1994 to 2014,101 Iowa Law Review 1065-1112 (2016).

Promoting Innovation, 100 Iowa Law Review 2223-2247 (2015) (with Spencer Weber Waller) .

Copyright Trolling, An Empirical Study, 100 Iowa Law Review 1105-1146 (2015).

League Structure & Stadium Rent Seeking – the Antitrust Role Reconsidered, 65 Florida Law Review 1–72 (2013) (with David Haddock and Tonja Jacobi).

Digital Archives: Don’t Let Copyright Block Data Mining,” 490 Nature 29-30 (October 4, 2012) (with Matthew Jockers and Jason Schultz).

Orphan Works as Grist for the Data Mill, 27 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1503–1550 (2012).

An Information-Gathering Approach to Copyright Policy, 34 Cardozo Law Review 173–247 (2012) (with Peter DiCola).

Predicting Fair Use, 73 Ohio State Law Journal 47–91 (2012).

The Pre-History of Fair Use,76 Brooklyn Law Review 1371–1412 (2011).

The Google Book Settlement and the Fair Use Counterfactual, 55 New York Law School Law Review 19 – 76 (2010).

Copyright and Copy-Reliant Technology, 103 Northwestern University Law Review 1607–1682 (2009).

Taking the Measure of Ideology: Empirically Measuring Supreme Court Cases, 98 The Georgetown Law Journal 1–75 (2009) (with Tonja Jacobi).

Ideology and Exceptionalism in Intellectual Property – An Empirical Study, 97 California Law Review 801 – 856 (2009) (with Tonja Jacobi & Maxim Sytch).

Patent Reform and Differential Impact, 8 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 1 – 96 (2007) (with Kurt Rohde).

Beyond Abstraction, The Law And Economics Of Copyright Scope And Doctrinal Efficiency, 81 Tulane Law Review 187 – 250 (2006).

Twelve Year-Olds, Grandmothers, and Other Good Targets for File Sharing Litigation, 4 Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property 133 – 155 (2006).

God in the Machine: A New Structural Analysis of the Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law, 11 Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review 381 – 435 (2005).