Rebecca Pollack ’18 Wins Grammy Foundation’s National Writing Competition

Rebecca Pollack, third from the left, with members of the Grammy Foundation's ELI.

Rebecca Pollack ’18 won the Grammy Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) 20th annual writing competition with her paper “Innovation or Exploitation: Is It Time to Update the DMCA Safe Harbors?” She received a $10,000 scholarship, attended the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and was honored at the annual ELI event in New York City.

The national ELI competition, open to students enrolled in ABA-accredited law schools, challenges participants to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry. The paper must also propose a solution to the problem.

A lifelong musician, Pollack addressed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act § 512 Safe Harbors and the current discussion between copyright holders and online service providers regarding whether the safe harbors are effective or need to be updated.

“Seeing how the law impacts and interacts with the music industry, how it handles the constant technological evolution, and how it could improve, is one of the main reasons I went to law school,” said Pollack.