Authors and Contributors
This site was developed with support from Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School. Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning provided development of the technical platform, display features and functionality of the site as it existed between 2002 and 2007.
Charles Cronin, Project Director
B.A. Oberlin; J.D. American; M.A., Ph.D. Stanford; M.A. Information Systems, Berkeley. Charles is a musician and lawyer in Los Angeles. He established this project while a graduate student at Berkeley in 1997 and continues to oversee the project’s increasingly distributed authorship. He is a Visiting Scholar at GWU Law School, and teaches intellectual property as an Adjunct Professor at Keck Graduate Institute of the Claremont Colleges.
Niall Andrew Fordyce is an attorney and professional musician in Los Angeles. For over a decade, he has handled a full range of cases and transactional matters, and increasingly now also consults in music copyright litigation.
After relocating from England to California, he received a BA in Music from U.C. Berkeley, and Masters of Music from San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied classical guitar.
Before earning a JD at Southwestern Law School, Niall worked as a music analyst for Savage Beast Technologies, where he taught music analysis to junior analysts and developed tools for analyzing various musical genres.
LL.M.: The George Washington University Law School; LL.B.: I.L.S Law College, India.
Awani is a New York based lawyer with an interest in Intellectual Property and Art Law.
Chien-Chih is an assistant professor at National Chengchi University College of Communication with J.S.D. degree from UC Berkeley Law. He served as a chair of Karuk-Berkeley Indigenous Law Collaborative and received the Certificates of International and Comparative Law, Public Interest and Social Justice, and the fellowship of Startup@ Berkeley Law. Currently, he is a council member of Taiwan Cultural Law Association and editorial board member of Journal of Audio-visual Media and Technologies. His research focuses on topics of entertainment law, media governance and digital entrepreneurship, advertising and branding law and artistic freedom.
Katherine Maskell Leo
Dr. Katherine (Maskell) Leo (Ph.D., 2016, Musicology, The Ohio State University; J.D., 2015, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law) is an Assistant Professor of Music at Millikin University, where she teaches a variety of traditional, hybrid, and travel courses in music history and ethnomusicology. Dr. Leo’s research investigates the intersection of American music and legal histories, with emphases on matters of authorship, musical expert testimony, and forensic similarity analysis in federal copyright litigation. She has recently published in Music and Politics and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy.
Danielle is a third-year law student at the George Washington University Law School. She previously attended Rice University in Houston, TX, where she got her B.A. in psychology and philosophy. She is pursuing a career in entertainment and intellectual property law and currently serves as Executive Managing Editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. Danielle is passionate about singing and acting, and spends her spare time studying vocal technique, watching films, and perfecting her Australian accent.
Jonathan graduated from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany) with an MA in Media and Music Management. He is an amateur musician who has worked with music publishers, and with GEMA, the German performing rights organization. These experiences generated his interest in music copyright issues. In his thesis he researched and systematized music music copyright infringement cases since 1966, which were litigated in German courts. The results of his research provide an overview of how German courts deal with copyright infringement disputes involving musical works. The case materials he gathered and analyzed have been incorporated into the MCIR.
Shuyu is a third-year law student at the George Washington University Law School. She comes from China with a journalism and media background. During law school, she devotes her extracurricular time assisting with intellectual property law practice at non-profits and a law firm, which provides her with much experience in music copyright policy and data privacy issues. Currently, she serves as the President of Art Law & Entertainment Society at GW Law and the Production Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games and practicing guitar.
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Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa with BA in Political Science and Global Studies from UCLA in 2007. He completed his JD at UCLA Law School,and then studied computer science at Stanford and USC. He works as a software designer and developer.
Juris is a current Merit Scholar and an Intellectual Property LL.M. candidate at the George Washington University Law School (2020). He holds an LL.B. (distinction) from the Edinburgh Law School (UK), as well as B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. (magna cum laude) degrees in Music from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium).
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Juris was a classical musician (cellist) and performed at various prestigious venues in Europe. This background familiarized him with legal issues in the entertainment world and served as an impetus for choosing a career in IP law.
In addition to academics, Juris still actively performs the cello and is the current LL.M. representative for the Art Law & Entertainment Society at GW.
Aaron graduated from Columbia as a Philosophy major.
Mojdeh graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Laurel & the Palm, with BAs in Philosophy and Communication from the University of Southern California. She earned a JD at UCLA Law School, and is Associate Director, Business & Legal Affairs at Fox Cable Networks.
University of Delaware, 2012 (B.A., Foreign Languages & Literature)
Boston University, 2015 (Ed.M. Education Leadership & Policy)
Ethan is a second-year student at GW interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property and privacy law. He currently contributes as a staff editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal and served as a 2019 Summer Associate at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Before law school, Ethan worked in K-12 public education for five years, serving as both an instructor and an operations manager. He is also an avid musician, singing in GW Law’s campus a cappella group and performing guitar in one of the school’s rock bands.
Andre recently completed his Ph.D. in musicology at Yale University. He holds an M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale, and a B.M. with High Distinction from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.” He is Assistant Professor of Music at SUNY, Albany.
Carl graduated from Harvard and obtained a Ph.D. in neurosciences at Columbia where he is a Postdoctoral Fellow.
Bradley is an attorney licensed to practice in Illinois. He received his J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2015.
Paul received his JD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and graduated from Northeastern University, where he received his BS in Music while taking Master of Music courses in Composition and Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. He is an Investment Banking Associate at Goldman Sachs.
Matthew graduated from Columbia as a Music major. He is a researcher at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress.
Angela received her undergraduate degree from New York University in 2001, and a JD from Columbia Law School in 2004. She is a partner at Kaye Scholer in New York.
Yelena graduated Phi Beta Kappa with BA in English from Barnard College in 2003 and with MM in Piano Performance from Juilliard in 2004. She recently completed her doctoral degree at Juilliard.
Jerin graduated from Columbia where he was a Computer Science student.
With greater success than Blanche DuBois, we “have always depended on the kindness of strangers” to obtain documents for this website from public archives, music retailers, law firms, and research library collections. We thank particularly the following individuals and organizations whom we would like to presume are now friends given their disinterested assistance with this project:
Aspen Publishing/American Association of Law Libraries Research Grant Program
Bettendorf, Iowa Public Library
William Bolcom of the University of Michigan Music Department
Jay Bowen of Bowen Riley Warnock & Jacobson
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Robert Cason and Daniel Müllensiefen whose work was sponsored by a pump priming award from the Psychology Department of Goldsmiths, University of London
Cazenovia College Library
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University
Columbia University Music Department
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning
Columbia Law Library
Cornell University Libraries
Dartmouth College Library
Davis McGrath LLC
Detroit Public Library, E. Azalia Hackley Collection
Barry E. Downes of Music Research Consultants
Duke University Music Library
Emory University Libraries
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Henry J. Fasthoff, IV, of Stumpf Farrimond in Houston, Texas
Florida Public Library
Greenwich, Connecticut, Public Library
E. Michael Harrington of Belmont University
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
Hinshaw Music, Inc.
Jackson, Mississippi District Library
Judith Finell of Judith Finell Music Services
Bruce Keller and James Pastore, Jr. of Debevoise & Plimpton
M. William Krasilovsky
Jonathan Zavin of Loeb & Loeb
Luis Londono, Kurosh Nasseri, and Brian Transeau
Francis McCormick, Jr.
Patrick Maines and the Media Institute in Washington, D.C.
Carol Mowbray of Indio High School
Martin Rosenberg and the National Archives
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
New York University Libraries
Robert Osterberg of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab
Patchogue Medford Library
James Pegolotti of Western Connecticut State University
Penn State University Library
Princeton University Libraries
Charles S. Sims and Michael T. Mervis of Proskauer Rose
Ray Repp of Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Joseph D. Schleimer of Schleimer & Freundlich
Michael Socha of Dickinson Wright
Stanford University Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Library
UCLA Archive of Popular American Music
UCLA Law Librarians: Nicci Grayson and Lynn McClelland
UCLA Music Library
UCSB Davidson Library
University of Florida Libraries
University of Maine’s Maine Music Box
University of Mississippi, John Davis Williams Library
Rob Walker of the New York Times
Wellesley, Massachusetts Free Library
Youngstown State University Libraries