Laura N. Gasaway (Lolly) is the Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of North Carolina School of Law where she served as Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law 1985-2006. She was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-10 and a full time professor until July 2013, teaching courses in Advanced Copyright Law, Art Law and Cyberspace Law.
She obtained her B.A. and M.L.S. degrees from Texas Woman’s University in 1967 and 1968 respectively. Her J.D. degree is from the University of Houston in 1973. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, she held the same position at the University of Oklahoma from 1975-84 and at the University of Houston from 1973-75.
Lolly is a past president of the American Association of Law Libraries and is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and has served on and chaired various committees of both associations, including their Copyright Committees. She served on the American Bar Association’s Accreditation Committee and on the Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Lolly represented the AAU at the Fair Use Conferences (for the National Information Infrastructure). Lolly was the first virtual scholar in residence at the Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland, University College, 2002-03. She was co-chair of the Section 108 Study Group for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and the Copyright Office.
Selected recent articles and books on copyright include:
- Copyright Questions and Answers for Information Professionals: From the Columns of Against the Grain, Purdue University Press (2013).
- Archiving and Preservation in U.S. Copyright Law, in Copyright and Cultural heritage, (Estelle Derclaye, ed. 2010).
- Copyright Basics: From Earliest Times to the Digital Age, 10 Wake Forest Intell. Prop. L.J. 241 (2010).
- Libraries and Copyright at the Dawn of the 20th Century: The 1909 Copyright Act, 11 12 N. C. J. L. & Tech. 419 (2010).
- Libraries, Digital Content, and Copyright, 12 Vanderbilt J. Ent. & Tech. L. 755 (2010).
- A Defense of the Public Domain: A Scholarly Essay, 101 L. Libr. J.451 (2009) [selected as one of the best intellectual articles of the year to appear in a volume published by West Publishing Company.]
- Amending the Copyright Act for Libraries and Society: the Section 108 Study Group, 70 Albany Law Review 1331 (2007).
- Get Copyright Right: The Best of Copyright Corner from SLA’s Information Outlook (2006)
- Copyright Ownership & the Impact on Academic Libraries, 13 DePaul-LCA J. Arts & Ent. L. & Pol’y 277 (2003).
- America’s Cultural Record: A Thing of the Past? 40 Hous. L. Rev. 643 (2003).
- Libraries, users and the Problems of Authorship in the Digital Age, 52 DePaul L. Rev. 1193 (2003).
- Values Conflict in the Digital Environment: Librarians Versus Copyright Holders, 24 Columbia VLA J.L. & Arts 115 (2000).