About

People

Creative Commons is a growing collaborative effort led by a core of directors, advisors, and staff. Read more about our team below.

Board of Directors:
Hal Abelson
James Boyle
Michael Carroll
Eric Eldred
Davis Guggenheim
Joi Ito
Lawrence Lessig (Chair)
Eric Saltzman
Molly Shaffer Van Houweling

Staff:
Glenn Otis Brown
Neeru Paharia
Francesca Rodriquez
Mike Linksvayer
Matthew Haughey
Diane Cabell
Christiane Asschenfeldt
Roland Honekamp
Ryan Junell
Parijat Desai
Nathan Yergler

Technical Advisory Board:
Hal Abelson
Barbara Fox
Don McGovern
Eric Miller
Ben Adida

Interns/Volunteers:
Dave Kim
James Grimmelmann
Aaron Swartz
Cory Doctorow

Alumni
Laura Lynch
Benjamin O'Neil
Derek Slater

Board of Directors

Hal Abelson
Harold (Hal) Abelson is Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a Fellow of the IEEE. He holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from MIT. He joined the MIT faculty in 1973. In 1992, Abelson was designated as one of MIT's six inaugural MacVicar Faculty Fellows, in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions to teaching and undergraduate education. Abelson was recipient in 1992 of the Bose Award (MIT's School of Engineering teaching award). Abelson is also the winner of the 1995 Taylor L. Booth Education Award given by IEEE Computer Society, cited for his continued contributions to the pedagogy and teaching of introductory computer science. He was also a founding director of the Free Software Foundation, and he serves as consultant to Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. He is co-director of the MIT-Microsoft Research Alliance in educational technology, and co-head of the MIT Council on Educational Technology. Website: swissnet.ai.mit.edu/users/hal
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James Boyle
James Boyle is a Professor of Law at Duke Law School. He writes on intellectual property, cyberspace, and social and legal theory. He is also a member of the academic Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy and Information Center. Website: http://www.james-boyle.com
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Michael Carroll
Michael Carroll is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Villanova University School of Law, where he teaches courses on intellectual property and the law of the Internet. Prior to joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Carroll was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. His practice focused on intellectual property and Internet-related issues. Carroll received his A.B. with general honors from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Joyce Hens Green of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Before attending law school, Carroll worked as a journalist, a high school teacher in Zimbabwe, and a program officer for democracy and governance projects in Africa.
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Eric Eldred
Eric Eldred is editor and publisher of Eldritch Press, a free online book website at http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch. He is better known as lead plaintiff in Eldred v. Ashcroft, a suit to overturn the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. He is best known as father of triplet girls. A former Unix systems administrator, he is now disabled. As a computer hobbyist and early adopter since about 1980, he led computer user groups and wrote articles for various computer magazines. He worked 19 years at Massachusetts General Hospital before entering the computer field with Apollo Computer.
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Davis Guggenheim
Davis Guggenheim is a director and producer of both documentary and dramatic film and television.

In 1999, he undertook an ambitious project documenting the challenging first year of several novice public school teachers. Two films resulted from this intensive immersion in the Los Angeles public school system: The First Year and Teach. Both films sought to address the tremendous need for qualified teachers in California and nationwide and to create awareness of the crisis -- as well as to inspire a new generation to become teachers.

Davis was an Executive Producer on Training Day and directed a feature film called Gossip, both for Warner Bros. His television directing credits include recently completed episodes of "The Shield," "Alias" and "24" as well as such critically acclaimed programs as "NYPD Blue," "ER," and "Party of Five." He is currently a Producer and Director of the upcoming HBO series "Deadwood."

Guggenheim's other documentary films include Norton Simon: A Man and His Art, produced for permanent exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, and JFK and the Imprisoned Child, produced for permanent exhibition at the John F. Kennedy Library. Guggenheim wrote and edited many films with his father, four-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim. Davis graduated from Brown University in 1986.
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Joi Ito
Joichi Ito is the founder and CEO of Neoteny, a venture capital firm focused on personal communications and enabling technologies. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. In 1997 Time ranked him as a member of the CyberElite. In 2000 he was ranked among the "50 Stars of Asia" by Business Week and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. In 2001 the World Economic Forum chose him as one of the 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" for 2002.
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Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the School's Center for Internet and Society. In 2002, he was named one of 50 top innovators by Scientific American. Lessig earned a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in philosophy from Cambridge, and a J.D. from Yale.
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Eric Saltzman
A 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School, Eric F. Saltzman began his career as a criminal defense attorney in Seattle's and Boston's public defender offices. While teaching in Harvard Law School's Criminal Trial Advocacy program, Saltzman took up filmmaking at MIT's renowned Film Section and re-created trials as teaching tools. Moving from re-creation to verite, Saltzman introduced cameras into actual courtrooms with The Shooting of Big Man: Anatomy of a Criminal Case (a two hour special on ABC News in 1979, now available for Creative Commons license here). For CBS News, he produced and directed Miami: The Trial That Sparked the Riots, an investigation of a police homicide, its cover-up, and the ultimate trial of the police officers. These and other films have won Emmy and ABA Silver Gavel awards, among others. In the mid-1980s, Saltzman moved into the film business and began acquiring and licensing libraries of classic motion picture and television rights for emerging media such as cable, microwave and satellite transmission. In 2000-2002, Saltzman was executive director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is a member of the bars of Washington State and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and on the boards of not-for-profits in the area of race and poverty and the extension of Internet services to the human rights and legal services sectors. He lives with his wife and two boys in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Molly Shaffer Van Houweling
Formerly the Executive Director of Creative Commons and a fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling is Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Van Houweling graduated in June 1998 from Harvard Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Following graduation, Ms. Van Houweling was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and one of the first staff members at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). She then served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin, of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court.
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Technical Advisory Board

Barbara Fox
Barbara Fox is a Senior Software Architect, Cryptography and Digital Rights Management for Microsoft Corporation. She is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She serves on the National Academies of Science Committee on "Authentication Technologies and Their Implications for Privacy," the Technical Advisory Board of "The Creative Commons," and the Board of Directors of the International Financial Cryptography Association. Ms. Fox joined Microsoft in 1993 as Director of Advanced Product Development and led the company's electronic commerce technology development group. She has co-authored Internet standards in the areas of Public Key Infrastructure and XML security. Her research at Harvard focuses on digital copyright law, public policy, and privacy.

Immediately prior to Microsoft, Ms. Fox was President of SystemSoft America, a Macintosh software development company in Palo Alto, California, and in addition she was a consultant to Visa International. Between 1981 and 1984, she was Engineering Development Manager for AppleTalk at Apple Computer.
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Don McGovern
Don McGovern is a Senior Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Don was the World Wide R&D Manager for Hewlett-Packard Operations (HPO). In this capacity he was responsible for managing the five software engineering laboratories of HPO. McGovern has been a board director of X/Open Company Limited, the Open Software Foundation (OSF), and the X Consortium. He is currently on the board development committee at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, and is a head coach for the Beacon Hill community girl's softball league. Don is married, has three children, and resides in Boston, MA.
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Eric Miller
Eric Miller is the Activity Lead for the W3C World Wide Web Consortium's Semantic Web Initiative. Before joining the W3C, Eric was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and the co-founder and Associate Director of the The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. Eric holds a Research Scientist appointment at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science.
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Ben Adida
Ben Adida began architecting database-backed web sites in 1995 for the Hearst Corporation. He co-founded ArsDigita, one of the first web services companies to use open-source solutions, serving clients that included EDF and Levi Strauss. Ben went on to co-found and co-direct the OpenACS project, an improved version of ArsDigita's technology built on an entirely free software stack. In February 2000, Ben co-founded OpenForce to provide enterprise-level development and support of free software for web applications. Ben holds a master's degree in Computer Science from MIT. His writings have appeared in IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Software, and Open Magazine.
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Staff

Creative Commons Staff

Glenn Otis Brown Glenn Otis Brown, Executive Director
Glenn Otis Brown has been Executive Director of Creative Commons since Summer 2002. Before that, he served as Assistant Director. Glenn is also a lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches a class on Creative Commons and free and open-source software licensing with Lawrence Lessig.

Before coming to Creative Commons, Glenn clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus on the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Miami, where he worked on the Wind Done Gone copyright appeal, among other cases. Glenn has also worked stints at The Economist's Washington D.C. bureau, reporting on general U.S. news during the 2000 elections, and at Digital Age, a New York public TV show hosted by Andrew Shapiro, where he was assistant producer for a season.

Glenn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. 1996, summa) and Harvard Law School (JD, 2000, magna). In college, Glenn was awarded a national Harry S. Truman Scholarship for graduate study towards a career in public service. At Harvard, Glenn was a member of the Harvard Law Review and worked at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he organized Signal or Noise?, a digital music conference and concert, in cooperation with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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Neeru Paharia Neeru Paharia, Assistant Director
Neeru Paharia is Assistant Director of Creative Commons. Neeru graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1997 and received a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. Prior to graduate school, Neeru spent a year in the Coro Fellowship Program, a leadership program in public affairs. Neeru comes to Creative Commons from McKinsey and Company, where she worked as an Associate Consultant. Neeru is also a filmmaker, illustrator, and blues guitar player. She has shown her work in various film festivals and publications.
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Francesca Rodriquez Francesca Rodriquez, Office and Project Manager
Francesca is the Office and Project Manager for Creative Commons. After completing her BA in Studio Art at the College of Santa Fe, she completed her MA at the University of Chicago where she studied humanities and art history. She recently relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago where she worked at The Art Institute of Chicago. Francesca is the former Arts and Culture Editor of the alternative newsweekly, The Santa Fe Reporter. Francesca's favorite artists are Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and Hiroshi Sugimoto; she is always in search of the perfect fish taco and a good flick.
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Mike Linksvayer Mike Linksvayer, CTO
Mike Linksvayer has ten years' experience as an enterprise software, web, and multimedia developer and consultant. He co-founded Bitzi and holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Matthew Haughey Matthew Haughey, Creative Director
Equal parts designer and programmer, Matt has been building web interfaces and applications for the past eight years. He runs the popular community site MetaFilter, writes daily on his weblog, takes daily photos, and keeps track of it all on his personal site. His previous work includes projects involving universities, non-profit groups, startups, and media companies and his work has appeared in numerous major media outlets. He has helped author three books on the subjects of usability, web design, and weblogs. He is increasingly frustrated with the continued assault on personal and consumer rights in the worlds of radio, television, film, and software.
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Diane Cabell Diane Cabell, Corporate Clerk
Diane Cabell, the Corporate Clerk for Creative Commons, is Director of the Clinical Program on Cyberlaw and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
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Christiane Asschenfeldt, International Commons Coordinator
Christiane Asschenfeldt studied law at Heidelberg University, where she developed a particualar interest in the phenomenon of the Knowledge Society. In 1994 she organized a 3-day-symposium with 600 participants for the "Heidelberger Club" entitled "Challenges of the Information Society." When she continued her Law Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, she became Research Assistant to Professor Tomuschat, Chair of the International Law Department. Upon graduation in 1998 she obtained a scholarship from the Max Planck Institute in Munich to write a doctorate on "Copyright Limitations in the Digital Age." This allowed her to combine her passion for the Arts with her experience in International Law and her interest in the Information Society. In May of 2002, she was part of a team that helped the Ministry of Justice implement the European InfoSoc Directive into German Law. Christiane has held various teaching assignments and has published widely on copyright law.
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Roland Honekamp, iCommons
Roland Honekamp is a German internet entrepreneur who served for several years as co-founder and director of Zooplus AG, a successful start-up company. Previously he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Roland is a graduate of the University of Oxford, England, and holds a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics.
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Ryan Junell, Media Designer
Ryan Junell is the San Francisco-based media designer responsible for the Creative Commons logo and the two flash animations. Ryan graduated from the Plan 2 Honors program at the University of Texas in 1996. Always a student of media, Ryan has worked professionally in radio, television, film, newsprint, and (for the past 8 years) on the internet. He helped found and organize the WEBZINE event series. These annual gatherings (1998/SF, 1999/SF, 2000/SF, 2001/NYC) celebrated independent online media. He is one fourth of the experimental electronic audio/video improvisation group Sagan. He has directed several music videos for independent artists such as Spoon, The Natural History, The Soft Pink Truth, and Gravy Train!!!!. In 1999, he starred in a feature film called Radio Free Steve. More can be learned about him at his personal website Texasmonkey.com.
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Parijat Desai, Editor
Parijat Desai is a choreographer and editor. She has a B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in choreography from UCLA. Her choreography draws on Indian classical and modern/postmodern dance, as well as movement traditions like yoga. Venues that have presented her work include the J. Paul Getty Center, P.S. 122, and the Bangalore Biennial; and she has received support from the Durfee Foundation, California Arts Council, and Arts International. As an editor, she has worked with scholarly writing, nonprofit publications, Web content, and PR/marketing text. She will be based in New York as of this May.
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Nathan Yergler Nathan Yergler, Software Engineer
Nathan Yergler (yergler.net) is a software engineer for the Creative Commons. He joins Creative Commons from a faculty position at Canterbury School, where he pioneered the use of Python in their Computer Science courses, developing both introductory and advanced elective curricula. A frequent presenter at PyCon, the Python community conference, Nathan enjoys exploring new problem domains and developing new skills to meet specific challenges. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his partner and their dogs, whom he half-jokingly refers to as "the kids".
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Interns/Volunteers

Dave Kim
Dave is a student at Georgetown University Law Center. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up in Long Island, NY, and earned his B.A. in economics at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Upon graduation, he was employed in the entrepreneurial venture and Garage.com company, Struxicon, Inc. in Irvine, California. In the next chapter of his life, Dave studied film and participated in small digital and film productions in Los Angeles and Paris, prior to entering law school. Dave's interests include cheap eats, film, photography, golf, skiing, and his rock band.
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James Grimmelmann James Grimmelmann
James Grimmelmann is a student at Yale Law School, where he works with the Information Society Project and edits LawMeme, Yale's law and technology weblog. He is a graduate of Harvard College, an occasional programmer, and a former intern with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. His personal blog is the Laboratorium.
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Aaron Swartz Aaron Swartz, Volunteer Metadata Advisor
Aaron Swartz is a teenage writer, programmer, and hacker. As a Semantic Web developer, he's a member of the W3C's RDF Core Working Group and a co-author of RSS 1.0. His latest project is the Plesh, a decentralized network that will provide the platform for the next generation of network applications.
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Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow, iCommons Evangelist
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is the UK Liason for Creative Commons, working with institutional British rightsholders on open content licensing projects. He is an award-winning science fiction writer, author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe and A Place So Foreign and Eight More. He is a Contributing Writer to Wired Magazine and is the co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing. Born and raised in Toronto, he now lives in London, England.
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Staff Alumni

Laura Lynch, Office Manager
Laura Lynch comes to Creative Commons after recently graduating from the University of California at San Diego. She graduated with a degree in English literature and writing and a minor in Biology. In college Laura was a volunteer at the UCSD Medical Center for two years until she began working as an executive assistant in a private law firm in Del Mar, California. Laura is an avid runner who recently completed her first marathon.
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Benjamin O'Neil
Ben O'Neil joins Creative Commons from Washington, D.C. where he just completed his first year at Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating in 2000 from the University of Virginia with a degree in History, Ben spent a year working at the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan. He also coached a high school lacrosse team while in New York City. Ben hopes to bring the message of Creative Commons with him back to Georgetown this fall and get CC on copyright syllabi at the Law Center.
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Derek Slater, Intern
During Summer '03, Derek Slater is writing features and developing marketing materials. A junior at Harvard College, Derek is an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society working on the Digital Media Project. He also writes for the Harvard Political Review and blogs at A Copyfighter's Musings.
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