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, and a Professor
at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard
Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice
Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
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. He
has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's
Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American's
Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing "against interpretations
of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse
Professor Lessig is the author of Free Culture (2004),
The Future of Ideas (2001), Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
(1999) and Code 2.0 (2006). He chairs the Creative Commons
project, and serves on the board of the Free Software Foundation,
the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Library
of Science, and Public Knowledge. He is also a columnist
Henry Jenkins is the Director of the MIT Comparative
Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor
of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of nine books
on various aspects of media and popular culture, including
Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture,
Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture
and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games.
His newest books include Convergence Culture: Where Old
and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring
Until recently, Jenkins wrote a monthly
column and blogged about media and cultural change for
Technology Review Online. A longtime advocate of games
culture, he currently co-authors a column with Kurt Squire
for Computer Games magazine which seeks to promote innovation
and diversity in game design. Jenkins recently developed
a white paper on the future of media literacy education
for the MacArthur Foundation, which is leading to a three
year project to develop curricular materials to help teachers
and parents better prepare young people for full participation
in contemporary culture.
He is one of the principal investigators for The Education
Arcade, a consortium of educators and business leaders
working to promote the educational use of computer and
video games. He was also one of the principal investigators
on collaboration with Initiative Media to monitor audience
response to American Idol with an eye towards developing
new approaches to audience measurement. He is one of the
leaders of the Convergence Culture Consortium, which consults
with leading players in the branded entertainment sector
in hopes of helping them adjust to shifts in the media
environment. Jenkins has a B.A. in Political Science and
Journalism from Georgia State University, a MA in Communication
Studies from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Communication
Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught
at MIT for more than 16 years, where he is also housemaster
of Senior House dormitory.
Dr. Patricia Aufderheide is a well-known cultural
journalist, policy analyst, and editor on topics related
to media and society, and has received numerous journalism
and scholarly awards. Her relationship as a senior editor
and columnist dates back to her tenure as culture editor
for In These Times from 1978 to 1982.
Dr. Aufderheide is a professor in the School of Communication
at American University in Washington, DC and the director
of the university’s Center for Social Media, which “showcases
and analyzes strategies to use media as creative tools
for public knowledge and action.” Aufderheide is
also director of the Independent Television Service,
which produces innovative television programming for
underserved audiences under the umbrella of the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting. She serves on the film advisory
board of the National Gallery of Art, and on the editorial
boards of a variety of publications, including Communication
Law and Policy.
Aufderheide is the author of The Daily Planet: A Critic
on the Capitalist Culture Beat (University of Minnesota
Press, 2000), and Communications Policy in the Public
Interest: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Guilford
Press, 1999) and the editor of Beyond PC: Toward a Politics
of Understanding (Graywolf Press). She has been a Fulbright
and John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a
juror at the Sundance Film Festival.
J.D. Lasica is one of the world's leading authorities on social
media and the revolution in user-created media. A writer,
strategist, blogger and consultant, he is the co-founder
and editorial director of Ourmedia.org, president of the
Social Media Group and a partner in Outhink Media, a company
that enables social media and distributed video production.
He is currently helping to architect Bid4Vid, a new marketplace
for getting videos produced.
His book Darknet: Hollywood's
War Against the Digital Generation (Wiley & Sons, May
2005) explores the personal media revolution and the emerging
media landscape. Author Lawrence Lessig said of "Darknet": "There
are few who see the future clearly, and even fewer who
can explain what they see. This brilliant, beautifully
written book sees, and explains."
JD was an editor at the Sacramento Bee for 11 years, has
written articles about technology and culture for major publications,
and headed up editorial teams at three startups. He is an
original member of the AlwaysOn Open Media 100 in Silicon
Valley. He led the effort to take his college daily (the
Rutgers Daily Targum) independent, and spoke at Rutgers to
commemorate the anniversary of independence. His articles
are online here. He blogs at SocialMedia.biz, Darknet.com
and his videoblog-only Real People Network. JD lives in the
San Francisco Bay Area and is a frequent speaker and panelist
at technology and media conferences.
Kembrew McLeod is an independent documentary
filmmaker and a media studies scholar at the University
of Iowa whose work focuses on both popular music and the
cultural impact of intellectual property law. Associate
Professor McLeod has written refereed journal articles on
copyright and music, and has published two books on the
subject: Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership and Intellectual
Property Law (Lang, 2001) and Freedom of Expression®:
Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property
(Doubleday, 2005; U of Minnesota Press, 2007), which received
the Oboler book award from the American Library Association.
McLeod's documentary, Money For Nothing: Behind the Business
of Pop Music (2001), was programmed at a variety of film festivals,
including the 2002 South By Southwest Film Festival and the
2002 New England Film and Video Festival, where it received
the Rosa Luxemburg Award for Social Consciousness. He is currently
working on a feature length documentary about digital sampling
titled Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport. McLeod
has completed a second documentary for the Media Education
Foundation, titled Freedom of Expression®: Resistance
and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property, which
focuses on free speech and fair use.
He is an occasional music
journalist whose pieces have appeared in Rolling Stone, Mojo,
Spin, the Village Voice and the New Rolling Stone Album Guide
(Fireside, 2005). Additionally, McLeod was involved in Carrie
McLaren's traveling “Illegal Art” show, which
traveled to New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., and was
hosted by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Artist
Gallery in 2003. His scholarly and creative work can be accessed
Matt Mason is the critically acclaimed author of The Pirate’s Dilemma, the first book in the history of the world to hit the number one spot on Amazon’s economics/free enterprise bestseller list, and the rap bestseller list, at the same time. It has since been published in seven countries and counting.
Mason began his career as a pirate radio and club DJ in London, going on to become founding Editor-in-Chief of the seminal magazine RWD. In 2004, he was selected as one of the faces of Gordon Brown’s Start Talking Ideas campaign, and was presented the Prince’s Trust London Business of the Year Award by HRH Prince Charles.
He has written and produced TV series, comic strips, viral videos and records. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer Music Monthly, Dazed & Confused, Adweek, VICE, Complex, Libération, and other publications in more than 20 countries. He has spoken on the subjects covered in the book all over the world. He recently founded the non-profit media company Wedia with his wife Emily. He lives in New York City.
Mark Hosler is one of the founding member
of the band Negativland, an experimental music
and sound collage band which originated in the San Francisco
Bay Area in the late 1970s. Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6
Floptops known as Negativland have been creating records,
CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using
appropriated sound, image and text. Mixing original materials
and original music with things taken from corporately owned
mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges
these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest
things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of
cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term
they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued
twice for copyright infringement.
Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage
and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched
on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media
literacy, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality
of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in
a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual
property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art
and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and
humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.
Luminosity is a prominent fannish video editor and recut
artist. Her work recuts and recontextualizes film and television
as music videos with varied and complex messages and readings.
Luminosity's work has gained notoriety for its artistic expression
and its critical thinking. NY
Magazine interviewed her about
fannish media production recently, and her hilarious, virtuoso
send-up of 300 to Madonna's "Vogue" was chosen
one of the Top 20 Intentionally Funny Videos of 2007.
Her well-received "Scooby Road" was the first
album-length concept vid, underscoring the television series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer with The Beatles' "Abbey Road."
Luminosity has been active in the fannish vidding community
for nearly a decade. When she is not vidding, she mentors
new vidders and is on the staff of Vividcon, the annual vidding
convention held each August in the U.S.