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Peter Decherney

Professor of English and Cinema Studies

Fisher-Bennett Hall 211

Peter Decherney is Professor of Cinema Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication and an affiliation with the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition at Penn Law School. He is the author or editor of five books including Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet and the forthcoming Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction. He is co-editor of the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication and has testified before the Copyright Office of the United States and filed amicus briefs in several cases, including the Supreme Court Case of Golan v. Holder. Prof. Decherney has been an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and a U.S. State Department Arts Envoy to Myanmar.  He has won multiple teaching awards at Penn, and he is a contributor.


Courses Taught

fall 2015

spring 2015

ENGL 266.401 Copyright and Culture
ENGL 492.640 Tribeca Film Festival

fall 2014

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture

spring 2014

ENGL 466.640 Copyright and Culture

fall 2013

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture

summer 2013

ENGL 105.950 Culture and Copyright

spring 2013

fall 2012

ENGL 566.401 Copyright and Culture

summer 2012

spring 2012

ENGL 015.401 Copyright and Culture

summer 2011

ENGL 566.940 Copyright and Culture

fall 2010

summer 2009

spring 2009

ENGL 566.401 Copyright and Culture

fall 2008

ENGL 105.402 Copyright and Culture

spring 2008

ENGL 091.401 Film History

spring 2007

fall 2006

spring 2006

ENGL 091.401 Film History

fall 2005

ENGL 295.401 Media Theory

spring 2005

ENGL 091.401 Film History
ENGL 266.401 Copyright and Culture

fall 2004