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SOFIA RITALA Receives Seton Award

Tuesday, June 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Sofia Ritala with Seton AwardWe were pleased to present the 2016 Charles B. Seton Award to Sofia Ritala at the 2016 Annual Meeting this June.

Ms. Ritala received the award for her article, How Should the American First-Sale Doctrine Be Developed in Light of New Digital Distribution Technologies for Copyrighted Works? A Critical Evaluation of the Extent of and Justifications for Authors' Exclusive Distribution Rights in Second-Hand Markets for Digital Works in the United States, published in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA (62 J. Copyright Soc'y 277 (2015)).

The Seton Award is granted annually to recognize the best writing by a young lawyer published in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA. To qualify, the article must have been written prior to the author's 40th birthday. The selected young lawyer receives a certificate and a financial prize.

Ms. Ritala is entering her second year at Georgetown Law this fall. Born and raised in Finland, she initially earned a Bachelor's degree in law from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

While working towards her undergraduate degree, she chose to go abroad for an academic year and studied intellectual property law at the University of Texas. Her time in Texas inspired her to pursue further studies and a career in law in the United States.

Ms. Ritala is spending the summer after her first year of law school interning at the New York IP boutique Epstein Drangel. She plans to specialize in IP litigation after graduating from Georgetown.

The Seton Award honors Charles B. Seton (1910-2005), one of the founding members of the Society. For a complete list of Seton Award Winners, please click here.

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