I’m a journalist and lawyer based in Brooklyn. I explain issues in copyright and digital publishing using simple and direct language.
My free-lance work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines (see below) and covers a wide range of topics such as law, economics and city life. Prior to paidContent, I worked for Reuters in Paris and New York. My on-line appearances include NPR’s On the Media and CBC’s The Current.
I studied law at McGill, clerked at the Federal Court and passed the bar in New York and Ontario. I have an MA in business journalism from Columbia where my thesis was on Google and libraries.
As a lawyer, my primary interest is intellectual property and the ways it can both encourage and suppress creativity. I’ve worked extensively on IP issues as counsel to the Canadian broadcast regulator and as a member of an IP research group at McGill University.
My interests include literature, hiking and exploring big cities. Baseball and bourbon are my favourite ways to relax.
I am always looking for new opportunities to write. If you need a writer or would just like to correspond, feel free to contact me at jeffjohnroberts at gmail.com (please do not send media pitches here)
And, finally, here is a list of some the publications in which my work has appeared:
- The Montreal Gazette
- The New York Times
- The Economist
- The Ottawa Citizen
- Headway magazine
- The Globe & Mail
- The McGill Reporter
- University Affairs magazine
- The Toronto Star
- McGill Law Journal