Copyright Fellowship Information

Copyright Fellowship Information

AI’s copyright team relies heavily on the work of the Copyright Fellows. Copyright Fellows get hands-on experience reviewing course materials (commonly images and other graphics found in lecture slides) for copyright issues, work that is integral to the completion and launch of AI’s online learning initiatives. Copyright Fellows support a variety of massive open online courses, online credit bearing courses, and other online learning initiatives. They also have the opportunity to research different areas of copyright law that affect the work of AI and the university.

Current Fellows

Maggie Mantel

Maggie is a third-year law student interested in corporate and intellectual property law. In addition to her copyright fellowship, Maggie is a student attorney in the International Transactions Clinic, a legal associate for the Ross School of Business Social Venture Fund, and an editor for the Michigan Technology Law Review. Maggie received her B.A. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University. Maggie was attracted to AI’s fellowship program because of the unique opportunities to experience in-house legal work, meet U-M colleagues outside the law school, develop substantive legal skills in copyright law, and hear from innovative speakers in various fields.

In her fellowship, Maggie most frequently reviews online materials for compliance with copyright law. The most challenging legal questions in copyright often involve whether the fair use doctrine applies. Learning to apply the doctrine’s four-factor balancing test to various media forms has been a highlight of the copyright review process. In addition, Maggie has written two memos on the intersection of contract and copyright law, assisted in the drafting of terms of use for a U-M developed software, and written scripts for short copyright educational videos. For AI’s 2020 student showcase, Maggie presented research on how universities can use open educational resources to help address unequal textbook access.

Corinne Fombelle

Corinne Fombelle is a second-year law student from central Illinois. She joined Michigan Law’s Class of 2022 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with her Bachelor of Music. She was drawn to the Copyright Fellowship at the Center for Academic Innovation to get hands-on intellectual property work experience, to hone her skills in legal research, and to join the positive and dynamic team environment at CAI.

In her work so far, she has conducted research on the copyright statutes of thirteen different countries to compile a comparative resource of fair use and educational provisions. This project aims to give educators the tools to navigate various copyright laws in a globalized online learning world. She also spends time performing copyright review work for University of Michigan professors to recommend copyright statute-informed actions for the professors’ class content.

Previous Fellows

Tim Williams (May 2020 - August 2020)

Tim was initially drawn to the Center for Academic Innovation because of their commitment to making higher education more accessible and affordable through online learning. As a student who heavily relied on free materials for college preparatory work and a higher education professional committed to equality/accessibility, AI's principles and mission aligned with his almost perfectly. During Tim’s time at AI, he was able to unite two passions; his commitment to providing equitable education and promoting ethical conduct, ensuring all authors’ and content creators’ work was being used appropriately.

Tim’s work at AI focused on providing copyright clearance to slide decks and videos for online course materials. It involved recording all instances of potential copyright infringement, and selecting replacement images/text when appropriate to ensure the courses were using material in a manner appropriate under copyright law. Tim was also responsible for conducting market research into the available copyright learning experiences currently offered in future hopes of creating a U-M focused course devoted to intellectual property. Working at AI allowed Tim to focus on big picture projects while conducting the necessary day-to-day work that makes online education possible.

How to Apply

The copyright team typically hires copyright fellows for the summer at the beginning of each year, with the potential for the fellowship to continue throughout the school year. Current open positions are posted on the AI website and various university job boards.