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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

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 Fordyce

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.

Awani Kelkar

Awani Kelkar

Awani, a law graduate from ILS Law College, India, is currently pursuing her LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University Law School. She is deeply interested in copyright law and hopes to pursue a career in it.

Chien-Chih Lu

Chien-Chih Lu

Chien-Chih graduated first prize with LLM from the Graduate School of Culture and Education Law, National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan. His thesis focuses on “Remix Music” copyright issue received Asian Pacific IP Association Outstanding award. Recently, Chien-Chih studied at the Institute of Law for Science and Technology in National Tsing Hua University and Macao IPKM Programme in Hong Kong and Macao. Otherwise, Chien-Chih was a guitarist in Dizzy Jazz Band and leading JazzLaw Band for blues, rock & jazz performance. He is currently a J.S.D. candidate at University of California, Berkeley Law School.

Katherine Maskell Leo

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.

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Yelena Grinberg

Yelena Grinberg

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 Kurian

Jerin graduated from Columbia where he was a Computer Science student. ​

Chris Moen

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. ​

Mojdeh Navid

Mojdeh Navid

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.

Aaron Prado

Aaron graduated from Columbia as a Philosophy major. ​

Andre Redwood

Andre Redwood

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 Schoonover

Carl Schoonover

Carl graduated from Harvard and obtained a Ph.D. in neurosciences at Columbia where he is a Postdoctoral Fellow. ​

Bradley Ryba

Bradley Ryba

Bradley is an attorney licensed to practice in Illinois.  He received his J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2015. 

Paul Sipio

Paul Sipio

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 Urbanek

Matthew graduated from Columbia as a Music major. He is a researcher at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress.

Angela Vicari

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. 

In Gratitude

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

Darien Library

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

Rob Harwood

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

The George Washington University Law School

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Washington, DC 20052

Jacob Burns Law Library

716 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

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