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Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, Tulane Center for Intellectual Property Law & CultureBA, 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

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Elizabeth Townsend Gard is an associate professor of law at Tulane University Law School, co-director and co-founder of Tulane’s Center for Intellectual Property Law & Culture, and director and co-inventor of the Durationator(r) Copyright Experiment, a software program that determines the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work.  Before joining the faculty at Tulane in 2007, she 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, and in 2005-06, she taught intellectual property at the London School of Economics, where she also 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 earned her PhD in European History from UCLA in 1998, where she received number of fellowships and grants, including a Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, a Harry S. Truman Library and Museum Research Grant, and a Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship.  She earned her JD. and LLM in International Trade from the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, where she received a James E. Rogers LLM Graduate Fellowship, among other grants and fellowships.  During law school, she served as a clerk on a number of NAFTA arbitration cases, including the Chapter 20 cross-border trucking case between Mexico and the United States.   
Professor Townsend Gard's work has been published in Vanderbilt Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Journal for Internet Law, Columbia Journal for Law and the Arts, and Santa Clara Computer & High Tech Law Journal.  She has authored two chapters, one for Edward Elgar's Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies, and the other a co-authored piece with Ron Gard in Modernism and Copyright, published by Oxford University Press.  Her current work focuses on two areas:  social media and copyright law (analyzing the availability of accessible and informative copyright information for users of various social media sites in Flickr, Facebook, Pinterest, and Wikipedia) and copyright duration (including the Golan case, but also rule of the shorter term, and other issues related to determining how long copyright lasts in any jurisdiction).  With Ron Gard, she is beginning a Tulane University spin-out, Limited Times LLC, that will provide self-help legal educational resources to artists, scholars, filmmakers, content owners, digitizers, and anyone else needing copyright help, which utilizes the research and work of the Durationator(r) Copyright Experiment.  In additional to her specialization in copyright, she teaches property, art law, trademarks, international intellectual property, and intellectual property.  
Fall 2014 - Law & Entrepreneurship 
Spring 2015 - Art/Culture Law in a Domestic & International Context; International Intellectual Property 

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Papers and Presentations
Vera Brittain, Section 104(a) and Section 104A:  A Case Study in Sorting out Duration of Foreign Works under the 1976 Copyrght Act, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Depaul University School of Law, August 9-10, 2007
Are We Merely Theorizing an Unpublished Public Domain?, Works in Progress Intellectual Property, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, October 6-7, 2006
Unpublished Works in the Public Domain:  A Legal Assessment at Three, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, UC Berkeley, August 10-11, 2006
January 1, 2003 -- the Birth of the Unpublished Public Domain in the US:  The International Implications, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, University of London, April 24, 2006
Legal Issues in Podcasting the Traditional Classroom (Two Part Podcast with Colette Vogele), HigherEd BlogCon 2006: Transforming Academic Communities with New Tools of the Social Web, April 3, 2006
Archivists, Copyright, and Digitization, Society of American Archivists’ 2005 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, August 2005
Copyright and a Scholar’s Work, California Archivist Society, San Francisco, July 22, 2005
American Women in World War I, The Great War Society Annual Conference, Los Angeles, April 2005
The Politics of Remembering (in) War, Cultural Studies Association, Tucson, Arizona, April 2005
The Making of the Unpublished Public Domain, Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, Palo Alto California, February 2005
Gender and Geographies of Bodies in War: Defining a War Generation Through the War Hospital, War in Film, Television and History Conference, Dallas, November 2004
Legal Possession in a Digital Age: A.S. Byatt’s Novel as Understanding Ownership and Possession in Copyright, Law and Culture panel, National Popular Culture Conference, Philadelphia, April 2001
The Bridge of Impossibility: Taylor v. Caldwell in Law and the Humanities, New Directions in Critical Theory, University of Arizona, February 1999

Erich Maria Remarque and R.C. Sherriff: Two Portraits of War, Colloquium on European History and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles, Fall 1996

Vera Brittain: War and Writing, Vera Brittain Centenary Conference, McMaster University, Canada, October 1993

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