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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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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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