Director, Copyright & Information Policy Office
K. Matthew Dames, Ph.D., J.D., M.S. became Syracuse University’s first Copyright & Information Policy Adviser in 2008, and was promoted by Dean Suzanne E. Thorin to be Director of the Library’s Copyright & Information Policy Office in December 2012. In this role, Dr. Dames educates the University community about copyright, licensing and policy issues that affect teaching, scholarship, and research.
Dr. Dames has been involved in the media, information, and copyright industries as a creator, distributor, and performer for more than three decades. His prior professional experience includes being a staff writer and columnist at two newspapers; producer and host for radio shows in New York, Boston and Syracuse; a residency at Georgetown University’s law library; a percussionist; a DJ in several nightclubs; and an inveterate music collector in all media.
In addition to his duties at Syracuse, Dr. Dames is a research fellow at Michigan State University’s Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, a columnist for Information Today magazine, and the executive editor of Copycense. His scholarly research, available at The Piracy Paradigm, focuses on copyright law, information policy and legislation, political language and framing, and the history of U.S. media industries.
In January 2013, Dr. Dames begins serving as the Library’s Interim Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications. As Interim Associate Dean, Dr. Dames will manage the University’s contribution to, access to, and preservation of the scholarly record, including Syracuse University Research Facility And Collaborative Environment (SURFACE), the university’s open access repository. During his term as Interim Associate Dean, Dr. Dames will continue his work as copyright office Director.
Dr. Dames is a graduate of Syracuse University, Northeastern University School of Law, the City University of New York, and the Hackley School. In 2011, Dr. Dames became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Syracuse’s School of Information Studies, where the faculty awarded him its Doctoral Prize for his research The Piracy Paradigm: Framing U.S. Copyright Law.
- Dames, K. M. (2012, January). Occupy copyright. Information Today, 29(1), 26-27.
- Dames, K. M. (2011, November). Libraries encounter the piracy paradigm. Information Today, 28(10), 24-25.
- Dames, K. M. (2011, September). How ‘remix rebels’ confuse core copyright. Information Today, 28(8), 24-25.
- Dames, K. M. (2011, June). In defense of copyright: Why I didn’t make my dissertation open. Information Today, 28(6), 24-25.
- Dames, K. M. (2011, April). Presidential messaging, innovation, and intellectual property Information Today, 28(4), 24-25.
- Dames, K. M. (2011). The piracy paradigm: Framing U.S. copyright law. Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Publication No. 3454359)
- Dames, K. M. (2011, February). Distinguishing “piracy” from the “piracy paradigm.” Information Today, 28(2), 20-21.
- Dames, K. M. (2010, December). “Pay-per” and the copyright compliance paradigm. Information Today, 27(11), 12-13.
- Dames, K. M. (2010, October). Copyright’s purpose and principal justification. Information Today, 27(9), 18-19.
- Dames, K. M. (2010, May). Three basic copyright questions answered. Information Today, 27(5), 18-19.
- Dames, K. M. (2010, April). Educational use in the digital economy. Information Today, 27(4), 18- 19.
- Dames, K. M. (2010, February). Citizens are now copyright stakeholders. Information Today, 27(2), 18-19.
- Dames, K. M. (2010, January). Brief thoughts on the changing nature of scholarship. Information Today, 27(1), 18.
- Dames, K. M. (2009, September). Data is the new oil. Information Today, 26(8), 14-15.
- Dames, K. M. and Patry, W. (2007, June). The evolution of copyright. Searcher, 15(6), 42.
- Dames, K. M. (2005, September/October). Copyright clearances: Fair use action and apathy. Online, 29(5), 32-35.
- Dames, K. M. (2004, July 26). Social software in the library. LLRX.com, Retrieved April 30, 2007, from http://www.llrx.com/features/socialsoftware.htm.
- Dames, K. M. (2002). Slip sliding away: Time expiring on DMCA challenges. AALL Spectrum, 6(6), 6, 19.