Professor Lipinski completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received the Master of Laws (LL.M.) from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, and the Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Lipinski has worked in a variety of legal settings including the private, public and non-profit sectors as well as academic and public libraries. He has taught at the American Institute for Paralegal Studies and at Syracuse University College of Law. In summers he is a visiting faculty at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches courses in information policy and legal issues for libraries and information managers. Since 2011, he is Executive Associate Dean and Professor, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science (IUPUI), Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana.
Professor Lipinski teaches, researches and speaks frequently on various topics within the areas of information law and policy, especially copyright, free speech and privacy issues in schools and libraries. Monographs include, in 2003 THE LIBRARY’S LEGAL ANSWER BOOK (ALA) co-authored with Mary Minow; in 2004, COPYRIGHT LAW IN THE DISTANCE EDUCATION CLASSROOM (Scarecrow Press, Inc.) and in 2006, THE COMPLETE COPYRIGHT LIABILITY HANDBOOK FOR LIBRARIANS AND EDUCATORS (Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.). Among his many articles are The Myth of Technological Neutrality in Copyright and the Rights of Institutional Users in the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (2003), with Lee S. Strickland and Mary Minow, Patriot in the Library: Management Approaches When demands for Information Are Received From Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agents, 30 NOTRE DAME JOURNAL OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY LAW 363 (2004); with Thomas Gould and Elizabeth Buchanan, Copyright Policies and the Deciphering of Fair Use in the Creation of Reserves at Major University Libraries, JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP (2005); Tomas A. Lipinski and Elizabeth Buchanan, The Impact of Copyright Law and Other Ownership Mechanisms on the Freedom of Inquiry: Infringements upon the Public Domain, JOURNAL OF INFORMATION ETHICS, Spring 2006, at 47 (47-59); Kathrine A. Henderson, Richard A. Spinello and Tomas A. Lipinski, Prudent Policy? Reassessing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY, November, 2007, at 25 (Volume 37, Issue 2) (25-40); and Hannelore Dekeyser and Tomas A. Lipinski, Digital Archiving and Copyright Law: A Comparative Analysis, 12 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS LAW & Policy 180 (2008) (180-224) [available at http://www.ijclp.net/]; and Tomas A. Lipinski, A Functional Approach to Understanding and Applying Fair Use, in 45 ANNUAL REVIEW OF INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (ARIST) 525 (Blaize Cronin, ed. 2010) (pp. 525-621). His latest book THE LIBRARIAN’S LEGAL COMPANION FOR LICENSING INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES will be published in Spring of 2012 by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
He is a national leader in copyright education, developing and teaching online continuing education courses for both ACRL and the University of Maryland College Park, Center for Intellectual Property.
Professor Lipinski was the first named member of the Global Law Faculty, Faculty of Law, University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Belgium, in Fall of 2006 where he continues to lecture annually at its Centers for Intellectual Property Rights and Interdisciplinary Center for Law and ICT.