Prue Adler is the Associate Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries. Her responsibilities include federal relations with a focus on information policies, intellectual property rights, telecommunications, issues relating to access to government information, and project management for the ARL GIS Literacy Project. Prior to joining ARL in 1989, Ms. Adler was Assistant Project Director, Communications and Information Technologies Program, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where she worked on studies relating to government information, networking and supercomputer issues, and information technologies and education. Ms. Adler has an M.S. in library science and M.A. in American history from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in history from George Washington University. She has participated in several advisory councils including the Depository Library Council, the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the National Research Council’s Steering Committee on Geolibraries and the Licensing Geographic Data and Services Committee, and the American University, Washington College of Law, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic.
Hal Abelson is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is winner of several teaching awards, including the IEEE’s Booth Education Award, cited for his contributions to the teaching of undergraduate computer science. Abelson’s research at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory focuses on “amorphous computing,” an effort to create programming technologies that can harnes the power of the new computing substrates emerging from advances in microfabrication and molecular biology. He is also engaged in the interaction of law, policy, and technology as they relate to societal tensions sparked by the growth of the Internet, and he is active in projects at MIT and elsewhere to help bolster our intellectual commons. Abelson is a founding director of the Free Software Foundation and a founding director of Creative Commons and Public Knowledge. He also serves as consultant to Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. At MIT, Abelson is is co-director of the MIT-Microsoft Research Alliance in educational technology and co-head of MIT’s Council on Educational Technology
Richard G. Baraniuk
Richard G. Baraniuk is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University and Director of the Connexions Project (cnx.rice.edu), a collaborative, community-driven approach to authoring, teaching, and learning that conveys the dynamic, continuum of knowledge. For his research, he has received national young investigator awards from NSF and ONR, the Rosenbaum Fellowship from the Isaac Newton Institute of Cambridge University, and the ECE Young Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois. For his teaching, he has received the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching at Rice twice and the C. Holmes MacDonald National Outstanding Teaching Award from Eta Kappa Nu. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2001.
John Belton is Professor of English and Film at Rutgers University. He has a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard (1975) and a B.A. in Greek and Latin from Columbia University. He is the author of five books, including Widescreen Cinema (Harvard, 1992), winner of the 1993 Kraszna Krausz prize for books on the moving image, and American Cinema/American Culture (McGraw-Hill, 1994), a textbook written to accompany the PBS series American Cinema. A revised edition of this book will be published by McGraw-Hill in July 2004. He is currently under contract to McGraw-Hill to write an Intro to Film textbook focusing on film and culture. He has edited three books; his most recent book is an edited anthology, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (Cambridge, 2000). He edits a series of books on film and culture for Columbia University Press (1989-on), is a former member of the National Film Preservation Board (1989-96), and former Chair of the Archival Papers and Historical Committee of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (1985-96). He is also an associate editor of the film journal, Film History. His research interests are in film technology, film aesthetics, culture and film, American film history, and classical film theory.
David Bollier is an independent strategist, journalist and consultant with a varied public-interest portfolio. Much of his work revolves around progressive public policy, digital media and the commons. Bollier is co-founder and board member of Public Knowledge, a public-interest advocacy organization that represents the public’s stake in copyright, digital technology and Internet issues. He is a Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication, where he heads the Creativity, Commerce & Culture project, and a Fellow at the Tomales Bay Institute, a think tank devoted to the commons. Much of Bollier’s recent work has been focused on developing a new analysis and language for reclaiming the commons, a project that began with his 2003 book, Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth (Routledge). He has written a number of essays and reports about the commons (available at www.bollier.org), and will soon launch an Internet portal, Heard on the Commons, hosted by the Tomales Bay Institute. Bollier is the author of a forthcoming book, Brand-Name Bullies and Their Quest to Own and Control Culture (John Wiley & Sons), a collection of stories about outrageous extensions of intellectual property law.
Judith Bresler, an attorney specializing in Art Law with the firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, is co-author of the award-winning treatise, ART LAW: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers and Artists. She has taught Art Law at both the University of Pennsylvania Law School and at New York Law School. She has served on the Board of New York Law School, the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and is currently on the Board of Trustees Council of Penn Women. She has served as Chair of the Art Law Committee, and Chair of the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Bresler lectures and publishes extensively on all aspects of the art market.
Kenneth Crews is a Professor in the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and in the IU School of Library and Information Science. He is also Associate Dean of the Faculties for Copyright Management, and in that capacity he directs the Copyright Management Center based at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His principal research interest has been the relationship of copyright law to the needs of higher education. His first copyright book, Copyright, Fair Use, and the Challenge for Universities: Promoting the Progress of Higher Education, was published by The University of Chicago Press in October 1993, and it reevaluates understandings of copyright in the context of teaching and research at the university. A more recent book, Copyright Essentials for Librarians and Educators, published by the American Library Association in late 2000, is an instructive overview of copyright law.
Rachel Durkin Drga
Rachel Durkin Drga is currently the Production Manager at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the past twelve years, she has dealt with copyright issues as they pertain specifically to the performing arts. Ms. Durkin Drga has become well versed in the process of obtaining rights to use protected material (written word, visual images, music, etc.) in a live theatrical context. Although not a lawyer, she has become an information source regarding copyright and the performing arts for those in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas. Ms. Durkin-Drga holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Edward W. Felten
Edward W. Felten is a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1993. His main research interests include computer security and privacy, and the intersection between technology, law, and public policy. He has written extensively on anti-copying technologies and their practical and legal implications. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1993.
Laura N. Gasaway
Laura N. Gasaway (Lolly) has been Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina since 1985. She teaches Copyright Law and a Cyberspace Law Seminar in the law school. She is both a lawyer and a librarian who is a past president of the American Association of Law Libraries and is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. She has written widely on copyright as it affects libraries, colleges and universities. Lolly served as the first the virtual scholar in residence at the Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland, University Campus, 2001-02.
Wendy Gordon is Professor of Law and Paul J. Liacos Scholar-in-Law at Boston University Law School. In 2003 Professor Gordon published The Economics Of Copyright (co-edited with economist Richard Watt of the University of Madrid). Professor Gordon is currently at work on a new book that integrates and extends her interdisciplinary work in intellectual property. It is tentatively titled The Ethics And Economics Of Intellectual Property. Professor Gordon’s current articles include “Rendering Copyright Unto Caesar” for the University of Chicago Law Review (forthcoming) and the Oxford Handbook on Legal Studies chapter on “Intellectual Property.” Professor Gordon has been named a Fulbright Scholar; been elected to the Visiting Senior Research Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford; received a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation retreat in Bellagio, Italy; and received a N.J. Governor’s Fellowship in the Humanities. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, serves as the general secretary of the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues, and has chaired the Intellectual Property section of the AALS.
Larry Gross, Professor and Director, School of Communication, Annenberg/USC, is author of Up From Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America [Columbia, 2001]. Co-editor of Image Ethics: The Moral Rights of Subjects in Photography, Film and Television[Oxford, 1988] and Image Ethics in the Digital Age [Minnesota, 2003], Associate Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Communication [Oxford, 1989], and Editor of Studies In Visual Communication [1977-1985], he has long been interested in the possibilities and challenges of print and online publishing of visual communications scholarship.
Peter Jaszi teaches at the Washington College of Law of American University in Washington, D.C., where he also directs the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. He specializes in domestic and international copyright law. Prof. Jaszi is an experienced copyright litigator and a frequent speaker to professional audiences in the United States and abroad. He also is a co-author of a standard copyright textbook. Alone and with Martha Woodmansee, he has written several articles on copyright history and theory; together they edited The Construction of Authorship, published by Duke University Press. In 1994, Prof. Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit. Since 1995 he has been active in the Digital Future Coalition, which he helped to organize. He is a former Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a current member of the editorial board of its journal.
Sut Jhally is Professor of Communication at the University of Massachussetts. Sut Jhally is well known on college campuses, to both students and faculty, through his controversial and award-winning film Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video (over which MTV threatened to sue him). Over 2 million students in the last decade have seen the film that The Los Angeles Times called “a scathing examination of pop video’s use and abuse of women.” As the founder and executive director of The Media Education Foundation he is also the producer of another dozen films (including The Date-Rape Backlash; Advertising and the End of the World; Tough Guise – Violence, the Media and the Crisis in Masculinity (with Jackson Katz); and Killing Us Softly 3 – Advertising’s Image of Women (with Jean Kilbourne)) dealing with issues from commercialism and popular culture to violence and gender.
Christopher Kelty is an asst. professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. His undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his PhD in “History and Social Study of Science and Technology” from MIT. Dr. Kelty has studied telemedicine professionals and the political economy of information in healthcare; the Free Software and Open Source movements; cultural aspects of intellectual property law; reputation, trust and exchange in communities of software programmers; and the history of medicine in America. He is a also an enthusiastic participant in both the Connexions project at Rice, and the Creative Commons initiative.
Nelson Pavlosky is a sophomore at Swarthmore College, where he co-founded the Swarthmore Coalition for the Digital Commons with Luke Smith in 2003. When Diebold Election Systems tried to use copyright law to suppress documents indicating flaws in their electronic voting machines, the two of them published the infamous Diebold memos on the SCDC website. When Diebold’s legal threats frightened Swarthmore College into taking the memos off the SCDC website, they both sued Diebold with the help of the Stanford Cyberlaw Clinic and the EFF, rather than waiting for Diebold to sue them. Nelson is now working on launching FreeCulture.org, an international student movement for free culture inspired by Lawrence Lessig and constructed along the lines of the SCDC. When he is not engaged in activism, Nelson likes to write, perform, and record his own music on his green acoustic guitar named Kermit. He is also a Linux user, tentative philosophy major, libertarian Quaker vegetarian and holistic medicine enthusiast.
Wayne Peay received his BS degree in History from the University of Utah in 1973 and a MS degree with honors from the School of Library Service of Columbia University in 1977. In 1984, he was appointed Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. He has been principal investigator, project director or participant on 18 federally or state funded projects. These projects include the installation of the first higher education computer network in the state, the installation of first an analog and then a digital fax network connecting the 14 college and university libraries in the state, implementation of integrated library systems in higher education libraries and the development of Pioneer: Utah’s Online Library. His professional activities include President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors, member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association, Chair of the National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Library Review Committee for 1995/96. He presented the Janet Doe Lecture at the centennial meeting of the Medical Library Association in 1998. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Library Association and in 2000 he was nominated as one of Utah’s library advocates for the 20th Century and was honored at the American Library Association meeting in Chicago. In 2001, he became Director of the MidContinetal Regional Medical Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics in the School of Medicine.
Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn is the President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit organization that addresses the public’s stake in the convergence of communications policy and intellectual property law. Public Knowledge seeks to defend and fortify the “information commons” – the information resources and cultural spaces that we all share as a people. Drawing upon democratic values and the lessons of competitive markets, Public Knowledge is working to develop a pro-active citizens’ agenda for the emerging digital economy and culture. Gigi is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, Graduate Studies Program in Melbourne, Australia. In 2002 she was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and in 2001 she was an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in New York City. Gigi previously served as a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit. In that capacity, she developed the strategic vision and oversaw grantmaking for the Foundation’s first-ever media policy and technology portfolio. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Gigi served as Executive Director of the Media Access Project (MAP), a Washington, DC based public interest telecommunications law firm that represents citizens’ rights before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. In recognition of her work at MAP, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters (“Gore Commission”) in October 1997. In that same year, she was selected by the American Lawyer magazine as one of the leading public sector lawyers in the country under the age of 45. Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Jonathan Taplin an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School For Communication. His varied career has included producing the movie Mean Streets, among other Hollywood and television successes. He and a group of engineers formed Intertainer and created Video On Demand. They established most of the standard systems for the IP transmission of high quality video and audio and also created systems for cable companies to deploy VOD. Taplin and his colleagues were awarded several patents for their technological breakthroughs. Intertainer deployed VOD systems in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and New Zealand.
Sanford G. Thatcher
Sanford G. Thatcher has been director of Penn State University Press since 1989. Previously he was editor-in-chief at Princeton University Press. He has served on the Copyright Committee of the Association of American University Presses since 1972 and on the Copyright Committee of the Association of American Publishers since 1974. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Copyright Enforcement from 1988 to 1994 and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Copyright Clearance Center since 1992. Many of his writings about copyright have appeared in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing.
Bernard M Timberg
Bernard M Timberg, PH.D. has written and produced over fifty radio, video and film productions. His film, video and audio work is represented in five major film/broadcasting archives. He is the author of Television Talk: A History Of The TV Talk Show published by the University of Texas Press, which received the CHOICE award for best academic publishing of the year in 2004. He co-edited, with John Lawrence, two editions of Fair Use and Free Inquiry: Copyright Law and the New Media and has authored 35 articles on film, popular culture and media studies. His academic career has spanned twenty years during which he has specialized in the areas of: film and television production, theory and criticism; film/television history; film/small format video production and writing/producing strategies; cultural studies; copyright law and new technology; curriculum development; experiential learning; and the use of film for public dialogue on national and international social issues.
Joseph Turow is Robert Lewis Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and Director of the Information and Society division of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He is the author of more than 50 articles and 8 books on mass media industries. His continuing work on the internet and the family and the internet and information privacy has received a great deal of attention from the popular press as well as the research community. Dr. Turow has written about media in the popular press, including American Demographicsmagazine and The Los Angeles Times. His research has received financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Federal Communications Communication, and National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. The winner of a number of conference-paper and book awards, he was a Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecturer at LSU during Spring 2000. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Poetics, the Sage Annual Review of Communication Research, and New Media and Society.
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Director of the undergraduate program in Communication Studies in Culture and Communication at New York University, is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library (Basic Books, 2004). Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, ncluding The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM, Salon.com, openDemocracy.net , and The Nation.
Polk Wagner is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the emerging fields of intellectual property and Internet/cyberspace law. His recent projects include a critique of contemporary criticisms of intellectual property laws, an exploration of the relationship between technology and the patent law, an empirical study of judicial decision-making at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a look at the constitutionality of government-supported Internet filtering; defining the relationship between the First Amendment and software regulation, and recounting the political-strategic problems with the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, among others. Prior to joining the Penn faculty in 2000, Wagner served as a clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He graduated order of the coif (top 10%) from Stanford Law School, at the top of his class from the University of Michigan (as an engineering major), and was the 1994-95 Roger M. Jones Fellow at the London School of Economics.
Janet Wasko is Professor and Knight Chair for Communication Research at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy (Polity Press), How Hollywood Works (Sage), and author/editor of other books, mostly on the political economy of media.
Ann Wolpert became Director of Libraries for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January 1996. Her Institute responsibilities include membership on the Committee on Intellectual Property, the Council on Educational Technology, the Deans’ Committee, and the President’s Academic Council. She chairs the Management Board of the MIT Press and serves on the Open Courseware Faculty Advisory Board. She also currently serves as Vice President/President-Elect of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is a member of ARL’s Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee and the Steering Committee for its Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Prior to joining MIT, Wolpert was Executive Director of Library and Information Services at the Harvard Business School. Her experience also includes management of the Information Center of Arthur D. Little, Inc., where she additionally engaged in consulting assignments. More recent consulting assignments have taken her to Cornell University and Adelphi University in New York, to the campuses of INCAE in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and to the Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Selangor, Malaysia.