About Copyright & New Media Law
Continuously published since 1997, Copyright & New Media Law is a trusted source of information, analyses, and news of copyright, privacy, Internet law, and other legal issues critical to the digital world. By making complex issues make sense, Copyright & New Media Law has become the go-to journal for our readers, who include universities & colleges, schools, libraries, authors and other creators, copyright compliance officers, museums, law firms, corporations, non-profits, and more.
The journal, originally titled The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, was established in 1997 by Lesley Ellen Harris and published by her company, Copyrightlaws.com. Lesley served as editor for over seventeen years, and under her leadership, the journal gained international recognition and respect as a preeminent publication in its field.
In June 2014, the journal was acquired by Digital Information Law, whose owner Gretchen McCord currently serves as editor. Lesley and Gretchen’s paths had crossed over the years prior, and given their greatly similar career choices, it is no surprise that Gretchen and her company were the first to whom Lesley turned when seeking a new home for her publication.
“I am delighted that Gretchen was interested in editing and publishing The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter,” Lesley said after the change in ownership, “and I love the new look and design of both the journal and the website. I look forward to watching more great things happen!”
In the spring of 2015, the staff of Digital Information Law began polling subscribers in an effort to assess their needs and learn what they like best about Copyright & New Media Law and how they think it could be improved. Although those efforts continue, the new leadership wasted no time in acting on subscribers’ feedback:
- The journal was completely re-designed for Volume 19 (2015), reflecting a more engaging and vibrant look and feel.
- A new website launched in August 2015, serving as the portal not only to the journal itself, but also to a range of resources to support subscribers’ needs.
- The structure of subscriptions was redesigned so that, as of 2016, all subscribers receive access to the digital version. Receiving high-quality hard copies remains a popular option.
- Beginning with Volume 20 (2016), subscribers have options for different levels of subscriptions, so that they can tailor their experience with Copyright & New Media Law to best meet their needs.
The need for current, relevant, and accurate information about new media law has never been greater. Subscribe today to discover how Copyright & New Media Law can make your life easier!
About the Editor
Gretchen McCord, editor of Copyright & New Media Law, is an attorney, consultant, and educator in copyright, privacy, and other legal areas related to digital information. She has been practicing law since 2001, spending six years at the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. (now Norton Rose Fulbright), followed by two years at the prestigious intellectual property boutique of WongCabello, before opening her own business, Digital Information Law, in 2010.
Gretchen’s first career was as an academic librarian in the 1990’s. Working in the new and rapidly evolving digital information world, she developed an interest in legal issues surrounding the Internet and digital information, which led her to pursue her career in law. It was in law school that her editing career began as well. At the University of Texas School of Law, Gretchen served as Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law.
For twenty years, Gretchen has written and spoken extensively on copyright law and related issues. She is the author of, among other publications, the books What You Need to Know about Privacy Law: A Guide for Librarians and Educators (2013), Fair Use: The Secrets No One Tells You (2014), and Copyright in Cyberspace 1 and 2: Questions and Answers for Librarians.