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Peter DiCola

Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Searle Research Fellow


375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

312-503-3100Email Peter DiCola


Master of Science in Information Technology Program


AB, Princeton University

JD, University of Michigan

PhD in Economics, University of Michigan


Dr. 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.

Courses Taught

  • MSIT 455 The Law of IT

Selected Publications

Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians’ Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives.

An Information-Gathering Approach to Copyright Policy in 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 Property235-249 (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Choosing Between the Necessity and Public Interest Standards in FCC Review of Media Ownership Rules in 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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