This site was developed with the support of Columbia Law School. The Columbia 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.

Authors and Technical Assistants




Charles Cronin

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 Lecturer in Law at USC.

Mohammed Alvi

Mohammed attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he focused on corporate law. He graduated with Order of the Coif honors and a top ten percent class rank. He enjoys live music particularly hip hop and jazz. He works at Skadden, Arps in New York.

Jimmy Chen

Jimmy is originally from Northern California and received his undergraduate degree from UC Davis. He graduated from USC Law School where he served on the USC IP and Tech Law Clinic and counseled clients on matters of fair use and international copyright.  He is currently working as an associate with a law firm in Shanghai.


Niall Fordyce

Niall Andrew Fordyce is a Los Angeles based attorney in his ninth year of practice. Mr. Fordyce has handled a full range of cases and transactional matters, and is now turning his legal practice to consulting and expert witness work in music copyright litigation.

Along with his legal practice, Mr. Fordyce is also a professional musician. At an early age, Mr. Fordyce began playing violin while still living in the north of England. After relocating to California, he received his undergraduate degree (BA Music) from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying classical guitar with such noted artists as David Tannenbaum, Scott Tennant / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Dusan Bogdanovic.

For the last 30 years, Mr. Fordyce has performed, taught, transcribed, and arranged in a wide variety of musical styles and genres, working with a vast array of musicians, and is still sought out for his virtuoso playing as both a guitarist and mandolinist.

Mr. Fordyce has taught music at San Francisco City College, and College of Marin, as well as guest lecturing for the music business course at Pasadena City College. Before law school, Mr. Fordyce worked as a senior music analyst for Savage Beast Technologies (now juggernaut Pandora), which included teaching analysis skills to other music analysts and working to develop the analysis tools for different musical genres.

While studying at Southwestern Law School, Mr. Fordyce won both the CALI Excellence for the Future award for his A+ in Advanced Copyright, and the Exceptional Achievement Award for his A+ in Music Industry Contracts.


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. ​


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 an LLM student at University of California, Berkeley Law School. 


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 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 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 Notre Dame University. 

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. 

Carl Schoonover

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

Josh Shipper

Josh graduated from Pomona. ​

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.

Timur Tusiray

Timur graduated UCLA in 2010 with a B.A. in Art History and Political Science, and a minor in Italian. He worked as a curator in Istanbul before returning to California to attend USC Gould School of Law. He was an attorney with the Clinton Foundation in New Yor before joining Kramer Levin as a litigation associate.


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. 

Richard Liu

Richard Liu graduated from USC Law School and is an associate with the firm Dorsey.





 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


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