Limited Times LLC

The Pitch

Limited Times’ mission is to provide accessible and affordable complex legal research. Their first product, the Durationator® Copyright System, helps customers understand whether a particular work (e.g. poem, song, movie, novel) is in the public domain or under copyright. The Durationator makes the world a better place one search at a time by providing accessible, affordable, unbiased information in a quick and easy manner.

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Elizabeth Townsend Gard & Ron Gard

Elizabeth Townsend Gard & Ron Gard

The Entrepreneur

Ron Gard is owner and CEO of Limited Times LLC, which is developing the Durationator┬« technology. He holds both a J.D., with specialization in business enterprise, and a Ph.D., with specialization in economic cultural theory, from the University of Arizona. For over 15 years, at such institutions as Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, the University of Arizona, and the California State University at Northridge, he has taught, studied and written about cultural economics, enterprise, and infrastructure. He is also a non-resident fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.

Elizabeth Townsend Gard is co-founder and Director of Research and Development at Limited Times LLC. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Law and the Glazer Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University, where she specializes in intellectual property with emphasis in matters of copyright. She holds both a J.D. and an LL.M. from the University of Arizona, as well as a Ph.D. in European intellectual history from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The Opportunity/Challenge

In an age where digitization is becoming widespread globally, it has become increasingly difficult and expensive to determine the copyright status of any object. Our software, compiled from years of legal research, can make that determination effectively and quickly.

The Impact

  • Developed an innovative software platform that can determine the copyright status of any object anywhere in the world
  • 10 major customers including the University of Michigan, Tulane University, The Museum of Modern (New York), and the Frick Collection (New York) supplied with product
  • 9,000 individual properties processed to determine copyright status


2013-2014 Ventures


  • Economic & Workforce Development



Press Coverage

News Posts

Propeller has been our rock, our go-to place to help us with our host of development needs. But it also has been a home. We have been mentored, we have had support in key moments, and we have had a place to share our joys and frustrations. We have learned from the consultants, from the pro bono network, and from our peers. The Propeller staff has really nurtured us and our project, helped us believe in ourselves, and facilitated making our dreams come true.

Elizabeth Gard Townsend & Ron Gard
Co-Founders, Limited Times LLC (Propeller '14)