Symposium on Free Culture and the Digital Library 2005
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Our symposium includes 19 distinguished paper presenters and panelists.  Please follow this link for a paper abstract and full bio for each paper presenter.

Simeon Warner (ArXiv)
Clifford Lynch (CNI)
Laura Gasaway (UNC, Co-Chair Section 108 Review Committee)
Edward Fox (University of Virginia, NTLTD, CITIDEL, Digital Library Research Laboratory)
Marjorie Heins (Free Expression Policy Project)
Karrie Peterson (North Carolina State University Libraries)
James A. Jacobs (University of California-San Diego, Data Services)
Denise Troll Covey (Carnegie Mellon University Libraries)
Deborah Halbert (Otterbein College-Department of Political Science)
William Maher (University of Illinois Archives)
Daniel Mayer (Chief Financial Officer-Wikimedia Foundation)
Raymond Puzio (University of Memphis-Department of Physics)
Joseph Corneli (Freelance Researcher-Hyperreal Dictionary of Mathematics and PlanetMath)
Robert Milson (Dalhousie University-Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
Bradley Daigle (University of Virginia- Rare Materials Digital Services)
Barrie Howard (Digital Library Federation)
Meghan Miller Brawley (Univ of Tennessee–Knoxville, School of Information Sciences)
Aaron Krowne (Emory University-Digital Projects and Library Systems)
Martin Halbert (Emory University-Digital Projects and Library Systems)

Our keynote speaker, Lawrence Lessig, is well-known for his legal work in the area of copyright law in the digital age.   Please see below for a full bio, taken from Dr. Lessig's website (

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Lessig was also a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

More 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.

Professor Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace.

Our Featured speaker, Siva Vaidhyanathan, is a cultural historian and media scholar.  Please see below for a full bio, taken from Dr. Vaidhyanathan's website (

Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, 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, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM,,, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison and is currently an assistant professor of Culture and Communication at New York University. He lives in Greenwich Village, USA.

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