Benjamin Kaplan, the Royall Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School (HLS) and a former justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, died on Aug. 18. He was 99 years old.
A pre-eminent copyright scholar, Kaplan co-wrote the first casebook on copyright, with Yale Law School professor Ralph Brown, LL.B. ’57, in 1960. His 1967 seminal text, “An Unhurried View of Copyright,” grew out of a series of copyright lectures he delivered at Columbia University as part of the James S. Carpentier Lectures series. Kaplan served on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1972 to 1981 and later on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
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