Matthew Sag

Title/s:  Georgia Reithal Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development; Associate Director for Intellectual Property, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies

Office #:  Corboy 1438

Phone: 312-915-7332


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


Professor Sag is an expert in copyright law and intellectual property. He is one the leading U.S. authorities on the fair use doctrine in copyright law and its implications for researchers in the fields of text data mining, machine learning, and AI. Professor Sag is currently working on several theoretical contributions to copyright law and a series of empirical papers using text-mining and machine learning tools to study judicial behavior. His work has been published in leading journals such as Nature, and the law reviews of the University of California Berkeley, Georgetown, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, among others. His research has been widely cited in academic works, court submissions, judicial opinions, and government reports. Professor Sag is the co-founder of ScotusOA.com, and he is an Advisory Board Member of the HathiTrust Research Center. Professor Sag was elected to the American Law Institute in 2018.


Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (with honors), Australian National University

Program Areas

Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, Internet Law, Judicial Behavior, Empirical Legal Studies

Courses Taught

Copyright Law, Election Law, Property Law, IP & Antitrust

Selected Publications

Professor Sag's SSRN page

Recent representative publications

Oral Argument in the Time of COVID: The Chief Plays Calvinball, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, (forthcoming 2021) (with Tonja Jacobi, Timothy R. Johnson, and Eve Ringsmuth)

The New Legal Landscape for Text Mining and Machine Learning, 66 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 291–367 (2019)

Taking Laughter Seriously at the Supreme Court, 72 Vanderbilt Law Review 1423–1496 (2019) (with Tonja Jacobi)

The New Oral Argument: Justices as Advocates, 94 Notre Dame Law Review 1161–1254 (2019) (with Tonja Jacobi)

Defense Against the Dark Arts of Copyright Trolling, 103 Iowa Law Review 571–661 (2018) (with Jake Haskell)

Internet Safe Harbors and the Transformation of Copyright Law, 93 Notre Dame Law Review 499–564 (2017)