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Dr. E. Michael Harrington

Berklee College of Music
Course Author and Professor
Nashville & Boston

Dr. E. Michael Harrington is a Course Author and Professor at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online. Harrington has also served as a consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright/IP matters involving The We Shall Overcome Foundation, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Adele, Steven Spielberg, Steve Perry, Tupac, Lady Gaga, Deadmau5, Danger Mouse, Adam Levine, Busta Rhymes, Samsung, HBO and others. As an expert witness, he is responsible for freeing the iconic civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome,” which the Library of Congress called, “the most powerful song of the 20th century.”


Harrington’s writings and interviews were cited as an authority in the “Brief of Amici Curiae, 212 Songwriters, Composers, Musicians, and Producers in Support of Appellants” in the “Blurred Lines” decision at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He co-authored the Brief of Amici Curiae Musicologists in Support of Williams & Thicke.