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Lawrence Lessig

Recently, Professor Lessig represented web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Lessig was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing "against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online."

He is the author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. He also chairs the Creative Commons project. Professor Lessig is a boardmember of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Board Member of the Center for the Public Domain, and a Commission Member of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community at the University of Pennsylvania.


Clay Shirky's Internet Writings

Clay Shirky has written extensively about the internet since 1996. Over the years, he has had regular columns in Business 2.0, FEED magazine and OpenP2P.com, and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, Release 1.0, Computerworld, and IEEE Computer. He has been interviewed by Slashdot, Red Herring, and Media Life. He has written about biotechnology in his "After Darwin" column in FEED magazine, and serves as a technical reviewer for O'Reilly's bioinformatics series. He helps program the "Biological Models of Computation" track for O'Reilly's Emerging Technology conferences.


Edward W. Felton's Weblog

Felton is a professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. His most recent publication is Informed Consent in the Mozilla Browser: Implementing Value-Sensitive Design. His weblog contains his commentary on law and technology.


Susan Crawford's Weblog

Susan Crawford is Assistant Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, teaching cyberlaw and intellectual property law. She is also a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C, a Fellow with The Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and is active with the Internet Policy Project of the Aspen Institute. Ms. Crawford received her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy.


Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer is presently a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. In addition to his work at the Cato Institute, he is on the board of trustees of the Foundation for Economic Education and works with a number of other organizations. He frequently lectures in America and Europe on the history of liberty and constitutionalism, globalization and free trade, individualism, public choice, and the moral and legal foundations of individual rights.

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