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Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Jill. H and Avram A. Glazer Professor in Social Entrepreneurship
Co-Director, Tulane Center for IP, Media & Culture
BA, 1991, MA, 1994, PhD (Modern European History), 1998, University of California, Los Angeles; JD, 2002,
LLM (International Trade & Intellectual Property), 2005, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

E-mail:  townsend@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.862.8822
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 355-B


Elizabeth Townsend Gard specializes in copyright law and is co-inventor of the Durationator® Copyright Experiment, a software program that aims to determine the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. She also co-owns the Tulane spin-out company, Limited Times, which is commercializing the Durationator® software and services.

She also is co-director and co-founder of the Law/Culture/Innovation Initiative, housed at the Social Innovation Social Entrepreneurship Program, and is director of the Copyright Research Lab at Tulane Law School.

Townsend Gard, who joined the Tulane faculty in 2007, has taught at Seattle University School of Law as a visiting assistant professor and a Justice Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. She also taught intellectual property at the London School of Economics, where she held a Leverhulme Trust Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Since 2004, she has been a non-resident fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. She was an Idea Village Entrepreneur Fellow in 2010-11 and a Propeller Social Venture Fellow for 2013-2014.
She has been published in Vanderbilt Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Journal of Internet Law, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts and Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal.  She has written a chapter for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies (Edward Elgar, 2012) and co-authored a piece with Ron Gard in Modernism and Copyright (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Fall 2016 - Intellectual Property
Spring 2017 - Copyright & Trademark; Intellectual Property Seminar

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The Fizzy Experiment: Second Life, Virtual Property and a 1L Property Course, 24 SANTA CLARA COMPUTER & HIGH TECH L. J. 915 (2008) (co-authored with Rachel Goda)

Unpublished Work and the Public Domain: The Opening of a New Frontier, 54 J. Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (Winter 2007)

Podcasting for Corporations and Universities—Look Before You Leap (invited, co-authored with Colette Vogele), J. Internet Law (October 2006)

The Birth of the Unpublished Public Domain and the International Implications, 24 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. (2006)

NAFTA, Mexican Trucks and the Border: Making Sense of Years of International Arbitration, Domestic Debates, and the Supreme Court, 31 Transportation L.J. 131 (Spring-Summer 2004)
Legal and Policy Responses to the Disappearing ‘Teacher Exception,’ or Copyright Ownership in the 21st Century University, 4 Minn. Intell. Prop. Rev. 209 (2003)

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