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Basics of Copyright, Data, and Software Intellectual Property – webinar

January 23, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Basics of Copyright, Data, and Software Intellectual Property

It has been said that content is king. Copyrighted works – whether writings, art, software, or media – are a major portion of the world’s creative, intellectual, and economic output. Interestingly, copyright issues are all around us, at all times, affecting artists, authors, software programmers, content creators and users alike.

Join intellectual property expert, Daniel Dardani, former MIT Technology Licensing Officer now Director of Physical Sciences and Digital Innovations Licensing and Corporate Alliances at Duke University, for an overview of copyright law with considerations of its history and relevance to the world of intellectual property. Daniel will explore topics including: the nature of originality, fair use, open source, licensing copyrights and data in the digital age, and more.

Be sure to tune in to this popular talk for a fun and fascinating look at the protection of your creative works whether developed at MIT, Duke, or elsewhere.



Daniel Dardani is a 20-year veteran licensing professional well-versed technology transfer and intellectual property matters.  He is currently the Director of Physical Sciences and Digital Innovations Licensing and Corporate Alliances at Duke University.  Prior to that, Dan was at the MIT Technology Licensing Office for 19 years managing a large and sophisticated portfolio of technologies including: computer and information technologies, patented algorithms, copyrighted software, digital imaging, video games, data, quantum computing, machine learning/AI, and cyber security technologies.  Dan has negotiated license agreements with many Fortune 500 businesses and startup companies. He has also assisted in negotiation of IP terms for significant sponsored research agreements. He adeptly counsels inventors and entrepreneurs on how to protect, leverage and transform university-born innovations into commercialization opportunities.

Dan is a Certified Licensing Professional who also co-teaches a course on intellectual property at Harvard University’s Summer School. He is broadly recognized as a leader in the field of software, AI and data, and is often interviewed and frequently sought to speak at professional conferences and business meetings around the world.   Dan has long served as an active member of AUTM, notably as chairperson on its Software Committee, and has received AUTM’s Volunteer Service Award twice in 2017 and 2021. Dan has been elected to AUTM’s Board of Directors and will start his term in 2023.  Dan is also on the advisory board at FAME, the Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law Center at Cardozo Law School in New York City. He has degrees in physics and political science from the University of Rochester.

This IAP session is sponsored by: MIT Technology Licensing Office & Duke University’s Office for Translation and Commercialization.


MIT Technology Licensing Office
Duke Office for Research & Innovation