the founder and organizer of the Computation and Language E-Print Archive and is co-founder of Cartesian Products, a company specializing in advanced document image compression and viewing tools.
BERNARD SORKIN is senior counsel at Time Warner Inc., which participates in a range of entertainment industry sectors, from film to cable television, to publishing. Mr. Sorkin has extensive business and legal experience at Time-Warner, where he has been since 1964. Previously Mr. Sorkin was an attorney with Columbia Pictures. His professional activities include service on many committees of various bar associations and on the advisory committee on copyright registration and deposit of the Library of Congress. After graduating from the City College of New York, Mr. Sorkin completed degrees from Columbia University and the Brooklyn Law School.
GARY E. STRONG has served as the director of the Queens Borough Public Library since September 1994. His career spans more than 30 years as a librarian and library administrator, giving him a unique perspective on the knowledge explosion. He was state librarian of California from 1980 to 1994, deputy director of the Washington State Library, and director of the Everett (Washington) and Lake Oswego (Oregon) Public Libraries. He serves on the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. He has served as chair of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property of the American Library Association and is a member of the Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters of the International Federation of Library Associations. His degrees are from the University of Idaho (1966) and the University of Michigan (1967), and he was named a distinguished alumnus of the University of Michigan in 1984. He is an author, editor, and lecturer on library and literacy topics. He serves on numerous library and community boards of directors and is involved in negotiating several international library cooperation agreements.
JONATHAN TASINI has been president of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 since 1990. He was the lead plaintiff in Tasini et al. v. The New York Times et al., the landmark electronic rights case. Mr. Tasini is a prominent advocate among creator groups to preserve the historic balance between copyright protection for individual authors and fair use by researchers and the public at large. For the past 15 years, Mr. Tasini has written about labor and economics for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly. Prior to his election as president, Mr. Tasini served the union in other capacities, including vice president for organizing. Mr. Tasini has been a six-time resident in writing at Blue Mountain Center, New York, and is a graduate of UCLA.