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Kenneth D. Crews

Kenneth D. Crews

Gipson Hoffman & Pancione PC

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Kenneth D. Crews is the founding director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University. For more than twenty years, his research, policymaking, and teaching have centered on copyright issues of importance to education and research. He is an attorney, author, professor, business manager, and international copyright consultant.  Crews previously established and directed the nation's first university-based copyright office, at Indiana University, where he also held a tenured professorship in the McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Crews studied history at Northwestern University and law at Washington University in St. Louis, then practiced law in Los Angeles, primarily for the entertainment industry. Crews earned M.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA's School of Library and Information Science. His first copyright book, Copyright, Fair Use, and the Challenge for Universities, reevaluated understandings of copyright and policymaking at universities; a subsequent book, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators (Third Edition, 2012), has been widely received as an insightful source for understanding copyright law. The World Intellectual Property Organization (a U.N. agency) commissioned him to analyze library copyright statutes from more than 150 countries, and that study is informing current discussions in Geneva regarding possible treaty language. Dr. Crews has been an invited speaker on college and university campuses and at conferences in 42 U.S. states and on five continents. He is on the faculty of the Columbia Law School and has been a visiting professor in Paris, Munich, Bayreuth, and Cairo. Kenneth Crews was the first recipient of the Patterson Copyright Award from the American Library Association and is listed in Who's Who in America.

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