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Center for the Study of the Public Domain Little men


  • John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since May of 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. (Web Site)
  • Yochai Benkler is Professor at the New York University School of Law. He is the Director of the Information Law Institute and writes widely about communications policy, constitutional law and peer-to-peer production. (Web Site)
  • Stephen Berry is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago, and is Home Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. (Web Site)
  • David Bollier is Co-Founder of Public Knowledge, the new advocacy organization for the information commons, and author of the forthcoming Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth (Routledge). Bollier is also Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Norman Lear Center and Director of the Information Commons Project at the New America Foundation. (Web Site)
  • Caspar Bowden is Director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, a non-profit think-tank for UK and European Internet policy. (Web Site)
  • James Boyle is a Professor at Duke Law School and the author of Shamans, Software and Spleens; Law and the Construction of the Information Society (Harvard University Press). (Web Site)
  • Jeff Chester is Executive Director of the nonprofit Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), based in Washington, DC. Through research, advocacy, and public education, CDD works to ensure that the digital media serve the public interest. It is currently focusing on preserving the Internet’s open architecture in the new broadband environment, and on the establishment of a noncommercial, interactive “online commons” for the free exchange of ideas and information among citizens. (Web Site)
  • Julie Cohen is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches and writes about intellectual property law and data privacy law, with particular focus on computer software and digital works and on the intersection of copyright, privacy, and the First Amendment in cyberspace. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, she was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. (Web Site)
  • Rosemary Coombe is Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Cultural Studies at York University in Toronto. Her work on law, culture and appropriation is central to a contemporary understanding of the commons in intellectual property. Her most recent book is The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation and the Law (Duke Press, 1998). (Web Site)
  • Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss is the Pauline Newman Professor of Law at N.Y.U. School of Law. A former chemist, her research interests include intellectual property, civil procedure, privacy, and the relationship between science and law. She is currently a member of a panel of the National Academy of Sciences exploring the appropriate limits of intellectual property rights.
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  • Rebecca Eisenberg is the Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. She is co-authoring the focus paper on biotechnology (with Rai). (Web Site)
  • Anita R. Eisenstadt has served as Assistant General Counsel at the National Science Foundation since 1990. She has represented the Foundation on a wide range of issues related to intellectual property rights and database protection. Ms. Eisenstadt coordinates NSF responses to draft legislation and works closely with the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy on intellectual property issues. (Web Site)
  • 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 courses in Intellectual Property and Cyberspace Law in the law school and Law Librarianship and Legal Resources in the School of Information and Library Science. (Web Site)
  • Jane B. Griffith is the Assistant Director for Policy Development at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Prior to joining NLM, she worked at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for over 25 years, where she was a Specialist in Information Technology Policy and held several senior management positions. Ms. Griffith also served on special assignments as the Interim Director of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Computer Science and Telecommun-ications Board and as the Director of the Task Force on NRC Goals and Operations. (Web Site)
  • Robin Gross is an intellectual property attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading cyber-liberties organization. She specializes in intellectual property policy and digital music legal issues. She serves as Director of EFF’s Campaign for Audiovisual Free Expression (CAFÉ), which she launched in June of 1999 to explore the intersection of intellectual property law and freedom of expression related to the use of digital technology. (Web Site)
  • Charlotte Hess is Director of Library Services and Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington and the author of Common Pool Resources & Collective Action. She is co-authoring a paper on the intellectual property commons. (Web Site)
  • Mark Hosler is a member of the appropriationist group Negativland and one of the authors of Fair Use by Negativland. (Web Site)
  • David Lange is Professor of Law at Duke Law School and a writer, producer, director and production coordinator in radio, television and motion pictures. Twenty years ago, his article Recognizing the Public Domain initiated contemporary legal study of the subject. (Web Site)
  • Larry Lessig is Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is the author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace and, most recently, of The Future of Ideas. (Web Site)
  • Jessica Litman is Professor of Law at Wayne State Law School and author of Digital Copyright (Prometheus Books 2001). Among her most recent articles are Information Privacy/Information Property and Breakfast with Batman®: The Public Interest in the Advertising Age. (Web Site)
  • Steven Maurer is a California attorney specializing in intellectual property litigation who prepared a law and economics study of proposed database legislation for the National Research Council in 1998. Since then, he has specialized in studying scientific databases and how they interact with commercial incentives, and he recently completed a study of the EU’s database law for Industry Canada. He has also worked with scientists on practical efforts to build and commercialize advanced databases in physics and biology.
  • Eben Moglen is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation. He is the author, among many other articles, of Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright. (Web Site)
  • David Nimmer is Of Counsel to Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, and Visiting Professor of Law at UCLA. Currently the author of Nimmer on Copyright (10 vols., Matthew Bender), he also comments frequently on contemporary issues in copyright and intellectual property. (Web Site)
  • Harlan J. Onsrud is Professor of Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine and a research scientist with the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). A scientist, engineer, and attorney, his research focuses on the analysis of legal, ethical, and institutional issues affecting the creation and use of digital spatial databases and the assessment of the social impacts of spatial technologies. He chairs the U.S. National Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA). (Web Site)
  • Elinor Ostrom is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington. Her book Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 1990), and her subsequent work on the subject, has had a dramatic effect on environmental policy. She will be commenting on the use of the commons literature to analyze intellectual property and public domain issues (with Hess). (Web Site)
  • David Post is Professor of Law at Temple University where he teaches intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace, and a Senior Fellow at the Tech Center at George Mason University Law School. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Editor of ICANN Watch, the Cyberspace Law Institute, and Disputes Organization. (Web Site)
  • H. Jefferson Powell has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1987. He has served in both the federal and state governments, as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of North Carolina; he has briefed and argued cases in both federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. (Web Site)
  • Laurie Racine is the President of the Center for the Public Domain. Before joining the Center, she was the Director of the Health Sector Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business of Duke University. She has spent many years as a consultant concentrating in the arts, education and health care. (Web Site)
  • Arti Rai is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. She writes on patent law, biotechnology, health care regulation, and intellectual property in cyberspace. She will be writing with Rebecca Eisenberg, on the public domain in biotechnology research. (Web Site)
  • Jerome Reichman is Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law at Duke Law School. His latest writings stress the need for new liability rules to stimulate investment in small-scale innovation not susceptible to trade secret protection in order to cure market failure. He has been special advisor to the United States National Academy of Sciences, and the International Council for Science (ICSU) on the subject of legal protection for databases. (Web Site)
  • Manon Ress works for Essential Information, a Washington, DC- based non-profit created about 20 years ago by Ralph Nader and John Richard. Essential Information provides information to journalists, activists and consumers all over the world ( works on various e-commerce and consumer protection issues such as the definition of consumers, unfair contracts and tort liabilities and on issues related to internet governance such as free speech, privacy protections and fair use rights. Since October 2000, she has been a consumer representative on the US Delegation to the Proposed Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters.
  • Carol Rose is Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Among her many articles is The Comedy of the Commons, a reexamination of Hardin’s famous Tragedy of the Commons to identify those cases in which common property regimes actually work better than exclusionary private property regimes. (Web Site)
  • Mark Rose is Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright, one of the most distinguished histories of the development of ideas about copyright. (Web Site)
  • Marc Rotenberg is Director (and Founder) of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and one of the world’s leading authorities on privacy issues. (Web Site)
  • Jed Rubenfeld is Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His work on privacy, affirmative action and constitutional interpretation has reshaped the debate in each of these fields. His book Freedom and Time: A Theory of Constitutional Self-Government was published by Yale University Press in March, 2001. (Web Site)
  • Eric Saltzman is the Executive Director of Harvard's Center on Internet and Society. A former criminal defense attorney, and documentary film-maker, Mr. Saltzman produced and directed "The Shooting of Big Man: Anatomy of a Criminal Case." (Web Site)
  • Pamela Samuelson is a Professor at the University of California at Berkeley with a joint appointment in the School of Information Management and Systems and the School of Law. She is also Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Her principal area of expertise is intellectual property law. She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies are posing for public policy and traditional legal regimes and is an advisor for the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic. (Web Site)
  • Cary Sherman is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel to the Recording Industry Association of America. Formerly a senior partner and head of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group of Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C., he has devoted his professional career to copyright and related issues. (Web Site)
  • Brian Cantwell Smith is the Kimberly Jenkins Professor of New Technologies and Society at Duke University. Before coming to Duke he was principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Founder of the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University, and the first President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. (Web Site)
  • Gigi Sohn is the President of Public Knowledge, a new nonprofit organization that will represent the public’s perspective on intellectual property and related matters. A former Executive Director of the Media Access Project and Ford Foundation Project Specialist, Ms. Sohn is also an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo Law School, where she teaches a course on federal regulation of the electronic media, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, Graduate Studies Program.
  • Jonathan Tasini has been President of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981) since 1990. He is a labor and economics writer whose work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He was the lead plaintiff in a recent Supreme Court case about freelance authors’ rights in online databases. (Web Site)
  • Jennifer Toomey is an activist, musician and the Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition. From 1990 to 1998, she co-ran Simple Machines, an independent record label. She is a member of the board of The Low Power Radio Coalition, performed in several bands including Tsunami, and has written extensively about music and Internet technology. (Web Site)
  • Paul Uhlir is Director of International Scientific and Technical Information Programs at The National Research Council in Washington, D.C., where he directs policy studies and related activities for the federal government. (Web Site)
  • William Van Alystne is the William R. & Thomas S. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School and one of the pre-eminent First Amendment and constitutional law scholars in the United States. His professional writings have appeared during four decades in the principal law journals in the United States with frequent republication in foreign journals.. (Web Site)

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