Michael W. Carroll

Michael W. Carroll is Professor of Law and the Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. He is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. In addition, he speaks about and promotes publication of open educational resources and open scientific data.

Professor Carroll is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc. He also serves on the Board of the Public Library of Science (2012- present) and recently completed service on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information (2008-2013). He is a member of the Editorial Board of I/S Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (2006 – Present). In addition, he is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology (2009- Present) and a member of the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge (2009-Present).


Hal Plotkin

Longtime open education advocate Hal Plotkin is Creative Commons USA’s Senior Open Policy Fellow. Plotkin served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary, from 2009 to 2014, during which time he was widely recognized as a principal architect of the Obama administration’s groundbreaking progress in the area of open education, TAACCCT. As a federal official, Plotkin helped develop and oversee the first major U.S. government job training and education grant programs that require the use of open licenses in order to ensure that members of the public have the right to freely use, reuse, improve, and customize learning materials developed with public funds.

WCL Inaugural Peter Jaszi Lecture on Intellectual Property given by Christopher Sprigman

Peter Jaszi

Peter Jaszi teaches domestic and international copyright law, as well as law and literature. He is the founder and former director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and a co-founder the Program on Intellectual Property and Information Justice. Professor Jaszi is a frequent speaker to professional audiences in the United States and abroad. With Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer, Tyler Ochoa and Michael Carroll, he co-authors a standard copyright textbook, Copyright Law (Lexis, 9th ed., 2013). He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. Since 2005, Professor Jaszi has been working with Professor Patricia Aufderheide of the American University’s Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators.


Sean M. Flynn

Sean Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property, trade law, and human rights and is the Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). At PIJIP, Professor Flynn designs and manages a wide variety of research and advocacy projects that promote public interests in intellectual property and information law and coordinates PIJIP’s academic program, including events, student advising and curriculum development. Professor Flynn’s research examines legal frameworks promoting access to essential goods and services. He serves as counsel for advocacy organizations and state legislatures seeking to promote and defend regulations that promote access to essential medicines.


Meredith Jacob

Meredith Jacob will focus on education and outreach for Creative Commons U.S. in the Open Educational Resources Community, with a special emphasis on K-12 education and community colleges.  As PIJIP’s Assistant Director for Academic Programs, her work includes research and advocacy on open access to federally funded research, flexible limitations and exceptions to copyright, and the public interest in intellectual property law. Jacob is currently working with libraries and archivists on a project to define best practices in fair use specific to those communities.


Mike Palmedo

Mike Palmedo is responsible for the Creative Commons U.S. website. At PIJIP, he is the Assistant Director for Grants and Research.  He writes for and administers the InfoJustice blog on the public interest in intellectual property law, and is working on a project to analyze the effects of different types of protections of user user rights in copyright. Palmedo holds a Masters in International Economic Relations from the American University School of International Studies, where he focused his studies on the economic effects of increasingly high levels of intellectual property laws worldwide.