Peter C. DiCola

Professor of Law
Searle Research Fellow


Peter DiCola uses empirical methods and applied economic models to study intellectual property law, media regulation, and their intersection. He received his JD and his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. His research has centered on the music industry and related industries. In graduate school, he worked with the non-profit Future of Music Coalition on many research projects and he continues to serve on its board of directors. His current work focuses on copyright law’s regime for digital sampling and deregulation in the radio industry.

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Economics
  • Broadcast Regulation
  • Copyright Law

Selected Publications

  • Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians’ Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives.
  • An Information-Gathering Approach to Copyright Policy, 34 Cardozo Law Review 173-247 (2012) (with Matthew Sag).
  • Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling (Duke University Press 2011) (with Kembrew McLeod).
  • An Economic View of Legal Restrictions on Musical Borrowing and Appropriation, in Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property 235-249, edited by Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee (University of Chicago Press 2011).
  • Choosing Between the Necessity and Public Interest Standards in FCC Review of Media Ownership Rules, 106 Michigan Law Review 101-133 (October 2007).
  • Employment and Wage Effects of Radio Consolidation, in Media Diversity and Localism: Meaning And Metrics 57 (Philip Napoli ed., Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates 2006).

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  • AB, Princeton University
  • JD, University of Michigan
  • PhD in Economics, University of Michigan

Prior Appointments

  • Benjamin Mazur Summer Research Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Law Clerkship, September 2007-August 2008, The Honorable Thomas L. Ambro, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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