[Editor’s note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen. This post is informational and does not constitute legal advice.]
The Discography: Legal Encyclopedia of Popular Music is the first of its kind driven by the research of Loren Wells, a Washington University School of Law graduate who’s also a music lover.
The purpose of the site, according to Loren, was to help musicians:
The one thing I felt I needed—an expansive database of cases involving legal issues working musicians face—seemed so simple but didn’t yet exist. As far as I could tell, there were no reasons why not. So I decided to make it.
Of course, creation of a site like this is a collaboration, and this legal encyclopedia is no exception. It grew with the talents of:
- Charles McManis, Professor, Washington University School of Law, who propelled grow of this project from spreadsheet to its present form,
- Andrew Martin, Director, Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL), working with the data to ensure smooth usability, and
- Troy DeArmitt, Research Technologist, CERL, who transformed the data into its current web incarnation.