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Michael W. Carroll is a Professor of Law at the Villanova University School of Law. Carroll is one of the founding Board Members of Creative Commons, a not-for-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others to legally build upon and share.

Carroll's scholarly work focuses on intellectual property law and the law of electronic commerce. Carroll also is an active advocate for open access to the peer-reviewed scholarly periodical literature. He has written and lectured on the subject, and he is the author of the SPARC Author's Addendum.


Education Edit

Professor Carroll received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.While in law school, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review.


Early Career Edit

After law school Carroll worked as an associate attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering for about a year. Subsequently Carroll clerked for US District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green and D.C. Circuit Judge Judith W. Rogers. He returned to Wilmer to practice in the intellectual property and e-commerce areas.


Publications Edit

Carroll's publications include:

  • "Whose Music Is It Anyway?: How We Came To View Musical Expression As A Form of Property"[1] - in this Article Carroll explores how creator and distributors of music first came to regard music as their property, and when the law first supported this view in the West. The Article analyzing the economic and legal structures governing musicmaking in Western Europe from the classical period in Greece through the Renaissance.
  • "A Primer on U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Applicable to Music Information Retrieval Systems"
  • "Disruptive Technology and Common Law Lawmaking: A Brief Analysis of A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.", 9 Vill. Sports & Enter. L.J. 5 (2002) *"Garbage In: Emerging Media and Regulation of Unsolicited Commercial Solicitations", 11 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 233 (1996)


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