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Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
Research and the Law: Copyright Complications and the Creative Commons Solutions

Tuesday, April 29, 2008
2:30 pm, 3305 Newell-Simon Hall
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Copyright law insinuates itself into all aspects of the music information research enterprise.  Music information, the database structures that house music information, and the scholarly articles that report research results in relation to music information all are automatically brought within copyright's domain at the moment they are created.  Complications arise because copyright law structures the legal relationship between creators and users through a largely one-size-fits-all package of rights.  This uniform approach reflects the concerns of certain commercial copyright owners but is poorly adapted to the needs, expectations, and day-to-day practices of academic researchers.  To address this problem, Creative Commons offers standardized, machine-readable public copyright licenses through which information can be shared and adapted more freely than under copyright law's default settings while preserving the copyright owner's interest in receiving credit for his or her work and allowing the owner to place some limits on users' freedoms.  This talk will address the copyright complications and Creative Commons solutions for researchers in their dual capacities as authors and users of copyrighted information.


Michael W. Carroll is a Professor at the Villanova University School of Law, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, Inc. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of intellectual property law and cyberlaw.  As an extension of his scholarly and professional interests, Professor Carroll is an active advocate for open access to the scholarly literature.  Prior to joining the Villanova faculty, Professor Carroll practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., specializing in intellectual property and e-commerce matters.  He also served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Professor Carroll received his A.B., with general honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.