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Copyright project propelled by accelerator grant

September 06, 2013

Tulane Law Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard and her husband, Ron Gard, have been named 2013-14 Social Venture Accelerator Fellows by Propeller, a New Orleans incubator program that supports innovative projects aimed at addressing social needs.

The project, Limited Times, is a company that grew out of Townsend Gard’s work developing software called the Durationator to help artists, authors, students and others easily and affordably research copyright status of creative works worldwide.

Tulane Law students have contributed thousands of research hours to helping Townsend Gard develop the Durationator, and the university has licensed the software to Limited Times. Ron Gard, who started the company, is teaching Internet and Social Media, plus a Technology and Society Film Studies course at Tulane and has been a Forrester Fellow at the Law School.

The company name comes from the Constitution’s copyright clause, which gives Congress power “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

Townsend Gard, who joined the Tulane Law faculty in 2007, was appointed this year to the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship.

Read more about the Propeller fellows here and here.


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