Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FIR Interview: Creative Commons Sr. Fellow Mike Linksvayer on copyright and the value of information

Creative CommonsIn 2001, constitutional lawyer and professor Lawrence Lessig launched Creative Commons, a nonprofit that provided content publishers with an alternative the existing all-or-nothing copyrights. A Creative Commons license allows publishers to define what parts of their content others can share, and under what circumstances. (You are welcome to reuse FIR podcasts under a Creative Commons non-commercial sharealike license.)

From 2007 to 2012, Mike Linksvayer served as Vice President at Creative Common’s San Francisco headquarters, managing operations, finance, and technology, along with most of the staff. His LinkedIn profile notes that his role was more like the overall on-the-ground leader and Chief Operating Officer for the organization.

In this FIR interview, correspondent Harry Hawk interviews Linksvayer about Creative Commons, copyright issues in general, and the economic value of information in a free society.

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About our Conversation Partner

Mike LinksvayerMike Linsvayer earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois. Rather than diving into an econmics career, he worked as a software developer and consultant. In 2000, he co-founded Bitzi, an early open content/open data service.

He joined Creative Commons as Chief Technology Officer in 2003 where, according to the organization’s former executive director, he brought stability to the organization much as a drummer does to a band. He took over as VP in 2007.

In addition to his work at Creative Commons, Linksvayer encouraged NASA to make its data available to the public via APIs, and advocated that scientists and planetary societies employ Creative Commons licenses to distribute phpotos and other works in order to broaden public access to them.

Linksvayer continues to serve Creative Commons as a part-time Senior Fellow, and serves on the boards of several other organizations, including the Software Freedom Conservancy. He chairs the Open Definition Advisory Council.

His commitment to his vegan lifestyle was covered in a news story that was carried by a number of media outlets. He is also an active contributor to Wikipedia.

Linksvayer blogs occasionally. You can follow him on Twitter at @mlinksva.

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