Laura N. Gasaway, Co-Chair
Gasaway became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law in July 2006 after serving 22 years as been Director of the Law Library there. She is a past president of the American Association of Law Libraries and is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and has served on and chaired various committees of both associations, including their Copyright Committees.
Richard S. Rudick, Co-Chair
Rudick retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of John Wiley and Sons in 2004. He has worked in the publishing industry as a lawyer since 1970, with Random House, WW Norton, and tewx Corporation, before joining Wiley in 1978. Currently he is Vice President, and Chairs the Copyright Committee of the International Publishers Association, and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Copyright Clearance Center. He received his Law degree from Yale in 1964, and is a graduate of Middlebury College.
June M. Besek
Besek is the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Columbia, she was Director of Intellectual Property at Reuters America Inc., and prior to that, a partner at Schwab Goldberg Price & Dannay in New York City.
Troy D. Dow
Dow is Vice President for Government Relations at the Walt Disney Company, where he advises the company on intellectual property and technology policy and represents the company on such matters before the Congress, the Executive Branch and related agencies. Previously, he served as Vice President and Counsel for Technology and New Media at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Jesse M. Feder
As Director of International Trade and Intellectual Property, Feder oversees the Business Software Alliance's global efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and market access for computer software. Before joining BSA, Feder served as a senior policy advisor in the United State Copyright Office.
Fishel is Chief of the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine, the Division that is responsible for directing programs and services which provide access to the collections, centralized reference and customer service support, and preservation and collection management.
Givler has been Executive Director of the Association of American University Presses since 1997. Before that he held a number of different jobs in commercial and nonprofit publishing, including Director of the Ohio State University Press. He has served on the Boards of the Association of American Publishers and AAUP, is currently on the Board of the Book Industry Study Group, and serves on several Advisory Boards, including BiblioVault and Publishing Research Quarterly. His articles about publishing have appeared in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Peter B. Hirtle
Hirtle is the Intellectual Property Officer for the Cornell University Library. Hirtle also serves as the bibliographer for United States and General History and is the Technology Strategist for the Library's Instruction, Research, and Information Services Division. Previously, Hirtle served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections.
Kopans is Secretary and General Counsel of JSTOR, a not-for-profit online archive of the full back run of over 464 scholarly journals which serves more than 2,360 libraries, universities, and other non-profit entities in over 85 countries. At JSTOR, Kopans is responsible for, among other areas, advising the organization on intellectual property and licensing issues. Prior to joining JSTOR, she was an associate in the New York law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel.
James G. Neal
Neal is currently the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and network services and a system of twenty-five libraries. He also works with the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC) and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL).
Miriam McIntire Nisbet
Nisbet currently serves as the Director of the Information Society Division at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where she works on issues of global access to information and digital libraries. From August 1999 to July 2007 she was Legislative Counsel for the American Library Association.
Oakley is the Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has been for 23 years. In addition to his responsibilities at the Law Center, Oakley has been active in the American Association of Law Libraries, having served two terms on the Executive Board and one term as President. Since 1989, Oakley has also been the Washington Affairs Representative for the Association, working on a variety of issues, ranging from access to government information to licensing of information to copyright.
Schline is Senior Vice President, Corporate Director of Business Affairs of Penguin Group USA. His experience includes negotiating contracts, selling subsidiary rights, editing a few dozen books, supervising the online marketing group, and developing new business.
Lois F. Wasoff
Wasoff is an Attorney at Law who has established a legal and consulting practice specializing in copyright and trademark matters, with a particular focus on issues related to publishing. Previously, she was Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Houghton Mifflin Company.
Donald J. Waters
Waters is the Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the first Director of the Digital Library Federation, as Associate University Librarian at Yale University, and in a variety of other positions at the Computer Center, the School of Management, and the University Library at Yale.
Weissman is currently Associate General Counsel for Time Inc. where, for the past 3 1/2 years, he has been counseling various magazines on editorial, marketing, advertising and general business matters. In addition, he is primary counsel to Time Inc. Interactive, the online division of Time Inc.
West is the Vice President of Studio Operations, North America, of Universal Music Group. Previously, Paul held positions in studio operations and engineering for the Music Entertainment Division at Universal Studios, JVC Disc America, and Capitol EMI Records. He holds a B.S. in Economics from DeSales University and certification from California Institute of Technology in SPC. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, and the Recording Industry Association of America Engineering Committee.
Whalen is the Associate General Counsel for the J. Paul Getty Trust where she is a transactional lawyer responsible for Intellectual Property matters including licensing rights, acquisition of rights, and rights clearances. She also works closely with MuseDoma, the Sponsoring Organization for the .museum top-level domain.
Nancy E. Wolff
Wolff is a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP. She specializes in intellectual property law and new media law. She is a member and former Trustee of the Copyright Society of U.S.A., was Co-Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee-New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) and named a rising star by NYCLA in 1999.