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I am currently a Visiting Professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaching Intellectual Property, Property, and Copyright. I am also for the third year, a non-resident fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. I specialize in Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property and International Trade Law.

I became interested in working on copyright issues for academics while working on my doctorate in European Intellectual and Cultural history at the University of California, Los Angeles. I work in the field of biography. It was the 1990s when court cases were restricting fair use in the biography setting, which I found as a scholar quite disturbing. I began researching what materials I could and could not expect to use (with and without permission). Then, in the classroom and in conducting oral histories, more copyright questions surfaced -- who owns what, what can one use and in what context. I wanted to know the answers -- for both myself and other scholars. I decided to go to law school. I completed my J.D. at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2002.

“Legal and Policy Responses to the Disappearing ‘Teacher Exception,’ or Copyright Ownership in the 21st Century University,” 4 Minn. Intell. Prop. Rev. 209 (2003) (available at http://mipr.umn.edu/archive/v4n2/townsend.pdf). Download townsend.pdf (451.5K)

The Birth of the Unpublished Public Domain and the International Implications” 24 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J.

“Unpublished Work and the Public Domain: The Opening of a New Frontier"
(forthcoming J. Copyright Society of the USA)

“Copyright Disharmonization: A Case Study and a Dream of a Copyright Determinator,” (invited) European Intellectual Property Review (forthcoming Fall 2006)

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