Melissa Eckhause

Melissa Eckhause

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

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Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 221
Phone: 313-596-0215
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Areas of Expertise:
Art Law
Entertainment and Media Law
Fashion Law
Legal Writing
Legal Research


  • LL.M. University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • J.D. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • B.A. University of Wisconsin


Melissa Eckhause’s research lies at the intersection of technology, intellectual property law, and art, and focuses on the rights of visual artists, musicians, and other creators in the digital age. Prior to entering academia, for over ten years, she represented music and film producers, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, entertainment professionals, and professional athletes.   

Professor Eckhause joined the Detroit Mercy Law faculty in 2020 as a visiting professor. She previously taught at the University of Southern California, Golden Gate University School of Law, and Texas A&M University School of Law.  

Professor Eckhause enjoys biking, skiing, and traveling with her family.  In her free time, she also write screenplays, and her script “Manny’s Mutts” won a screenwriting award. 


    Courses Taught

    Applied Legal Theory and Analysis I and II

    Entertainment Law

    Copyright Law


    Selected Publications

    What Photographers Can Learn from the Music Industry about Combating Online Piracy  (work in progress). 

    Digital Sampling v. Appropriation Art:  Why is One Stealing and the Other Fair Use? A Proposal for a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Digital Music Sampling, 84 Mo. L. Rev. 371 (2019). 

    “Is Appropriation Art Ever Appropriate?”, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, Jan. 2013, at 9. 


    Selected Presentations

    “Image Making, Image Taking:  Copyright & Fair Use for Artists and Art Historians,” at the College Art Association Annual Conference, Feb. 2018, Los Angeles, California. 

    “Copyright & Music Streaming,” CLE to Dallas Bar Association and the Copyright Society of the USA, May 2016, Dallas, Texas.