Dave Hansen


Dave Hansen is a clinical assistant professor and faculty research librarian at UNC School of Law, where he runs the library’s faculty research service. From 2011 to 2015, Hansen served as UC Berkeley Law’s Digital Library Fellow. His research has focused on how libraries and related information intermediaries can overcome copyright and other legal obstacles to provide better access to their collections online. He has written specifically on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives under Section 108 of the Copyright Act, orphan works, mass digitization, copyright protection of metadata, and issues related to expanding copyright protection of traditional knowledge. He is one of primary facilitators for a project that created the “Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works for Libraries, Archives, and Other Memory Institutions,” which was released in December 2014. Hansen also has contributed to briefs filed on behalf of libraries, academic authors, and legal scholars in Authors Guild v. Google (Google Books digitization case), Authors Guild v. HathiTrust (research library digitization), and Cambridge University Press v. Becker (faculty use of e-reserves), and he has actively participated in submitting comments and speaking at roundtables hosted by federal agencies on library copyright issues. Hansen is a graduate of UNC’s School of Law (J.D., 2010) and School of Information and Library Science (M.S.L.S., 2012).

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