Dr. Robert E. Spoo provides copyright and intellectual property advice
and litigation assistance to universities, libraries, writers, scholars,
sports media, record companies, filmmakers and software companies. He
has advised Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training regarding the
development and protection of intellectual property within the country's
Bob is Professor and Chapman Distinguished Chair at the University of
Tulsa College of Law, where he teaches Copyright and Intellectual
Property Law, Contracts, and Decedents' Estates and Trusts. Previously,
he served as law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, then on the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and worked as an attorney
with law firms in New York and San Francisco.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Bob was a tenured member of the
English Department at the University of Tulsa and served for ten years
as Editor of the James Joyce Quarterly. He has authored or
edited numerous books and articles on modern fiction and poetry, and
regularly publishes and speaks on copyright law and other legal
- Represented a Stanford University English professor in her lawsuit
against the James Joyce Estate concerning issues of fair use and
copyright misuse. Our client obtained a very favorable settlement;
payment of her attorney’s fees was ordered against the Joyce Estate.
Advised major Irish cultural institutions regarding their copyright needs.
- Advised a major British broadcasting company on copyright issues relating to its planned broadcast of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
- Represented a noted New York poet in his negotiations to donate his literary papers to an American university.
- Advised a British-based record company in its efforts to put out a CD
based on potentially copyrighted poems of a major twentieth-century
- Advised a Canadian website on copyright issues affecting its plans to
make use of well-known literary works from the early twentieth century.
- Assisted an Oklahoma-based entrepreneur with plans to produce a ballet based on Native American stories and traditions.
- Represented a Virginia-based documentary filmmaking company in its efforts to produce and distribute award-winning films.