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Kenneth Crews

Gipson Hoffman & Pancione
Kenneth D. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant.  For more than thity years, his research, policymaking, and teaching have centered on copyright issues of importance to education and research.  He is the author of numerous books, articles, websites, and more.  His first copyright book, Copyright, Fair Use, and the Challenge for Universities, reevaluated understandings of copyright and fair use at universities.   A subsequent book, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators (Fourth Edition forthcoming, 2018), has been widely received as an insightful source for understanding copyright law.  Professor Crews established and directed the nation’s first university-based copyright office, at Indiana University, where he also held a tenured law professorship.  He was later recruited to establish a similar office at Columbia University in New York City and to serve on the faculty of Columbia Law School.  Professor Crews has returned to his home city of Los Angeles and has a law practice and consultancy based in Century City, with the firm of Gipson Hoffman & Pancione.  He studied history at Northwestern University and law at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Crews earned M.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  The World Intellectual Property Organization (a U.N. agency) commissioned him to analyze library copyright statutes from now 191 member countries, and that study is informing current discussions in Geneva regarding possible treaty language.  Kenneth Crews has been an invited speaker on college and university campuses and at conferences in 44 U.S. states and on six continents.  He has been a visiting professor in Paris, Munich, Helsinki, Bayreuth, and Cairo.  Professor Crews was the first recipient of the Patterson Copyright Award from the American Library Association, and he received the Mark T. Banner Award from the American Bar Association in 2014.  He is listed in Who’s Who in America.