Authors Alliance promotes authorship for the public good by supporting authors who write to be read. We embrace the unprecedented potential digital networks have for the creation and distribution of knowledge and culture. We represent the interests of authors who want to harness this potential to share their creations more broadly in order to serve the public good.

Unfortunately, authors face many barriers that prevent the full realization of this potential to enhance public access to knowledge and creativity. Authors who are eager to share their existing works may discover that those works are out of print, un-digitized, and subject to copyrights signed away long before the digital age. Authors who are eager to share new works may feel torn between publication outlets that maximize public access and others that restrict access but provide important value in terms of peer review, prestige, or monetary reward. Authors may also struggle to understand how to navigate fair use and the rights clearance process in order to lawfully build on existing works.

The mission of Authors Alliance is to further the public interest in facilitating widespread access to works of authorship by assisting and representing authors who want to disseminate knowledge and products of the imagination broadly. We provide information and tools designed to help authors better understand and manage key legal, technological, and institutional aspects of authorship in the digital age. We are also a voice for authors in discussions about public and institutional policies that might promote or inhibit the broad dissemination they seek.

Board of Directors

Pamela Samuelson is a Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Thomas Leonard is University Librarian Emeritus and a Professor of Journalism Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as the President of the Association of Research Libraries and as an Associate Editor of American National Biography.

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason is the University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer at the University of California, Berkeley. He has joint appointments as a professor in the School of Information and in the Department of Economics.

Molly Van Houweling is a Professor of Law and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons.

Carla Hesse is a Professor of History and Dean of Social Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2009, she is a specialist in modern European History and the history of communication.


Brianna Schofield is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance. She is a copyright attorney licensed to practice in California.

 Erika Wilson is the Communications & Operations Manager at Authors Alliance and staffs the office in downtown Berkeley.

Advisory Board Members

Professor of History at UCLA

danah boyd
Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Director of the MIT Press

Former Hewlett Foundation President; Professor of Law, Emeritus, and former Dean, Stanford Law School

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics and Information, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and former Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan

Harvard University Librarian Emeritus, and Carl H. Pforzheimer Professor of History Emeritus

Novelist, activist, blogger, and journalist

Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Development at UC Berkeley and PLOS Cofounder

Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University

Professor of Law and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

Writer and journalist

Poet, essayist, translator, cultural critic, and Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College

Director of the MIT Media Lab and former CEO of Creative Commons

Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive

Senior Maverick Editor and founding Executive Editor at Wired Magazine

Former President and Chairman, W.W. Norton Publishing Company

Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard University

Novelist, essayist, short story writer, and the Roy Edward Disney Professor in Creative Writing at Pomona College


39th Poet Laureate of the United States, Founder of the Favorite Poem Project, and Professor of Creative Writing at Boston University

Henry King Ransom Professor of Law at University of Michigan

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at UC Berkeley, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, former President of the Modern Language Association

Co-founder of Public Library of Science, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

T. Wilson (1953) Professor in Management and Professor of Management and Systems Engineering at MIT

Professor of Law and Computer Science at Harvard University, and Co-Founder and Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Founding Members

Jasmine Abdel-khalik
UMKC School of Law

Alessandro Acquisti
Carnegie Mellon University

Prue Adler
Association of Research Libraries

Julie Ahrens
Stanford Law School, Center for Internet & Society

Ivy Anderson
California Digital Library

Jonas Anderson
American University Washington College of Law

Patricia Aufderheide
American University

Margo Bagley
Emory University School of Law

Eric Bakovic
UC San Diego

Jack Balkin
Yale Law School

Jonathan Band

Ann Bartow
Pace Law School

Barton Beebe
NYU School of Law

Steven Bellovin
Columbia University

Yochai Benkler

Bob Berring
UC Berkeley Law

Mario Biagioli
UC Davis

James Boyle
Duke University School of Law

Oren Bracha
University of Texas School of Law

Annemarie Bridy
University of Idaho College of Law

Tobias Buckell

Dan Burk
UC Irvine

Brandon Butler

L. Jean Camp
Indiana University

Michael Carrier
Rutgers Law School

Michael Carroll
American University Washington College of Law

Cathryn Carson
UC Berkeley

Alissa Centivany
University of Michigan & University of Toronto

Margaret Chon
Seattle University School of Law

Dan Cohen
Digital Public Library of America

Julie Cohen
Georgetown Law

Cindy Cohn

Michele Collu

Robert Cooter
UC Berkeley Law

Ray Corrigan
The Open University, UK

Carys Craig
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Jessie Daniels
City University of New York

Primavera De Filippi
Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Stacey Dogan
Boston University School of Law

Paul Duguid
UC Berkeley School of Information

Niva Elkin-Koren
Haifa Center for Law and Technology, University of Haifa Faculty of Law

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
Graduate Center, City University of New York

Sharon E. Farb

Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Modern Language Association

Karl Fogel

Roger Ford
University of New Hampshire School of Law

Sarah Warshauer Freedman
UC Berkeley

Brett Frischmann
Cardozo School of Law

A. Michael Froomkin
University of Miami School of Law

Laura Gasaway
University of North Carolina School of Law

Steve Gass

Andy Gass

Paul Geller

Ilana Gershon
Indiana University

Shubha Ghosh

Rebecca Giblin
Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia

James Gibson
University of Richmond School of Law

Jen Jack Gieseking
Bowdoin College

Dan Gillmor

Bobby Glushko
University of Toronto

Eric Goldman
Santa Clara University School of Law

Jennifer Granick
Stanford Center for Internet and Society

James Grimmelmann
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Seda Gürses

Bronwyn Hall
UC Berkeley and University of Maastricht

David Hansen
Duke University

Paul Heald
University of Illinois

Laurence R. Helfer
Duke University

Don Herzog
University of Michigan

Robert Heverly
Albany Law School

Laura A. Heymann
William & Mary Law School

Peter Hirtle
Harvard University

Adam Hochschild

Arlie Hochschild

Kinch Hoekstra
UC Berkeley

Chris Hoofnagle
UC Berkeley Law

Martin Husovec

Tim Hwang

Steven Jamar
Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Peter Jaszi
American University Washington College of Law

Jennifer Jenkins

Michael Jordan
UC Berkeley

Eran Kahana
Stanford Law School; Maslon EdelmanBorman & Brand, LLP

Brian Kahin

Amy Kapczynski

Dennis Karjala
Arizona State University College of Law

Ethan Katsh
National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution

Ariel Katz
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Christopher Kelty

John Leslie King

John Kingdon
University of Michigan

Kirsten Kingdon

Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan
Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University; Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, India; World Institute for Scientific Exploration, Baltimore, U.S.A.

Airi Lampinen
Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

Michael Landau
Georgia State University College of Law

Susan Landau
Author; former privacy analyst, Google; former Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems

Amy Landers
Drexel University School of Law

Alex Leavitt
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Edward Lee
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Mark Lemley
Stanford Law School

Jack Lerner

Karen Levy
Princeton University

Roger Levy
UC San Diego

Yvette Joy Liebesman
St. Louis University School of Law

Jacqueline Lipton
University of Houston Law Center

Jessica Litman
University of Michigan

Lydia Loren
Lewis & Clark Law School

Brian Love
Santa Clara University School of Law

Glynn Lunney
Tulane University School of Law

Michael Madison
University of Pittsburgh

Matthew J.X. Malady

Lara Markstein

Alice Marwick
Fordham University

Stephen Maurer
UC Berkeley

Mark McKenna
Notre Dame Law School

Corynne McSherry

Hiram Meléndez-Juarbe

Kate Miltner
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Joseph Mornin
UC Berkeley Law

Calvin Morrill
UC Berkeley

Lateef Mtima
Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Bryce Newell
University of Washington Information School

Annalee Newitz
Author and Editor-in-Chief of

Peter Norvig

Paul Ohm
University of Colorado Law School

Ruth Okediji
University of Minnesota Law School

Dotan Oliar
University of Virginia School of Law

Harlan Onsrud
University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science

Kurt Opsahl
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Nina Paley

John Palfrey
Phillips Academy, Andover

Aaron Perzanowski
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Jim Pitman
UC Berkeley

Ethan Pollock
Brown University

Jedediah Purdy
Duke University School of Law

Laura Quilter
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kevin Quinn
UC Berkeley

Justin Reich
Harvard University

Jerome Reichman
Duke Law School

Blake Reid
Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law and Policy Clinic, Colorado Law

Chris Ridder
Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP

Jorge Roig
Charleston School of Law

Daniel Rosenberg
University of Oregon

Betsy Rosenblatt
Whittier Law School

Jennifer E. Rothman
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University

Brian Rowe
Seattle University Law & University of Washington Information School

Daniel Rubinfeld
UC Berkeley Law

Matthew Sag
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

Julie Samuels

Sharon Sandeen
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Joshua Sarnoff
DePaul University College of Law

AnnaLee Saxenian
UC Berkeley School of Information

Rich Schneider
UC San Francisco

Jason Schultz
NYU School of Law

Michael Scott
Southwestern Law School

Jeffrey Selbin
UC Berkeley Law

Lea Shaver
Indiana University McKinney School of Law

Jonathan Sheehan
UC Berkeley

Stuart Shieber
Harvard University

Stephen M. Silberstein

Jessica Silbey
Northeastern University

Luca Simeone
metaLAB (at) Harvard & Malmö University

Aram Sinnreich
Rutgers University

David Sklansky
UC Berkeley Law

Kevin Smith
University of Kansas

Daniel Solove
George Washington University Law School

Tricia Soto
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Christopher Sprigman
New York University School of Law

Peter Stansky
Stanford University

Philip Stark
UC Berkeley

Scott Stern
MIT Sloan School

Ali Sternburg

Victoria Stodden

Mitch Stoltz
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Katherine Strandburg
New York University School of Law

Peter Suber
Harvard University

Stephen Sugarman
UC Berkeley Law

Nicolas Suzor
Queensland University of Technology

Alexander Tabarrok
George Mason University

Stefan Tanaka
UC San Diego

Audrey Thorne

Denise Troll Covey
Carnegie Mellon University

Samuel Trosow
University of Western Ontario

Lokman Tsui

Rebecca Tushnet

Paul Uhlir

Jennifer M. Urban

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Barbara van Schewick
Stanford Law School

Robert Walker
UC Berkeley Law

Kimberlee Weatherall
University of Sydney

Jonathan Weiler
UNC Chapel Hill

Phil Weiser
University of Colorado Law School

Steven Weissman
UC Berkeley Law

Yana Welinder
Wikimedia Foundation

Heather Whitney
University of Chicago Law School; Berkman Center for Internet & Society

John Willinsky
Stanford University

Esther Wojcicki
Palo Alto Schools

Martha Woodmansee
Case Western Reserve Univerity

Christina Xu

Peter Zhou
UC Berkeley

Diane Zimmerman
New York University School of Law