David R. Hansen

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Reference and Faculty Research Librarian


  • M.S., Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)
  • J.D. (High Honors), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010)
  • B.S., Economics (magna cum laude), University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2007)

Dave Hansen is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Research Librarian at UNC School of Law, where he runs the library’s faculty research service. From 2011 to 2015, Dave served as UC Berkeley Law’s Digital Library Fellow. His research has focused on how libraries and related information intermediaries can overcome copyright and other legal obstacles to provide better access to their collections online. He has written specifically on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives under Section 108 of the Copyright Act, orphan works, mass digitization, copyright protection of metadata, and issues related to expanding copyright protection of traditional knowledge. He is one of primary facilitators for a project to create the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works for Libraries, Archives, and Other Memory Institutions, which was released in December 2014.

Dave has also contributed to briefs filed on behalf of libraries, academic authors, and legal scholars in Authors Guild v. Google (Google Books digitization case), Authors Guild v. HathiTrust (research library digitization), and Cambridge University Press v. Becker (faculty use of e-reserves), and has actively participated in submitting comments and speaking at roundtables hosted by federal agencies on library copyright issues. Dave is a graduate of UNC’s Law School (2010) and School of Information and Library Science (2012).  

Selected Publications

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  • Digitizing Orphan Works: Legal Strategies to Reduce Risks for Open Access to Copyrighted Orphan Works (K. Courtney & P. Suber, eds., Harvard Library, 2016). [Document Link]
  • Copyright Reform Principles for Libraries, Archives, and other Memory Institutions, 29 BERKELEY TECH. L.J. 1559 (2014). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein]
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