April 18, 2013
Ronak Patel, '13, accepted an offer to publish his article, "First World Problems: A Fair Use Analysis of Internet Memes," in volume 20 of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review.
According to Patel, the article examines the growing phenomena of internet memes — or at least, how the term is used in some instances. Comparing internet memes to the memes described in Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, the article applies copyright theory and doctrine to determine how memes would hold up under a fair use analysis, positing that they should be insulated from liability because they serve the goals of the fair use defense doctrine.
Patel was the chief articles editor for volume 44 of the McGeorge Law Review and he was a staff writer for volume 43. Patel also was a staff writer for volume 26 of the McGeorge Global Business and Development Law Journal. He graduates on May 18, 2013 with a J.D. degree.
During his time as a McGeorge student, Patel published three other articles: