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Archived Biography: Professor William McGeveran specializes in information law, including intellectual property, data privacy, communications and technology, and free speech. His current research focuses on: digital identity and data privacy; disclosure rules and norms in areas such as open records laws; and fair use and the public domain in trademark and copyright law. He teaches civil procedure and privacy courses. He regularly contributes to the "Info/Law" blog, available at

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Professor McGeveran was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He previously clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced as an intellectual property litigator at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Before law school, Professor McGeveran worked in national politics for seven years, primarily as a policy aide to Democrats in the United States House of Representatives. He grew up in New York City.

Projects & Tools

Copyright for Librarians

The Berkman Center partnered with eIFL to deliver a distance learning program on copyright for librarians. The resulting curriculum, made available on March 24, 2010, can be used…

Digital Media Project (DMP)

The goal of the Digital Media Project is not to advance a simple agenda but instead to help educate stakeholders – government officials, the media, artists, businesspeople, and…


Aug 9, 2006

The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age

This foundational white paper reports on a year-long study by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, examining the…


Apr 18, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

Educational Uses of Content in the Digital Age

Terry Fisher, Bill McGeveran and Jackie Harlow

Terry Fisher, Bill McGeveran and Jackie Harlow discussed how digitization alters the use of content, difficulties associated with digital learning, and possible reforms to enable…