October 22th – 23th


Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


Mike Linksvayer is the Vice President of Creative Commons, where he manages core programs and operations. He joined Creative Commons as CTO in 2003. In 2000 he co-founded an early open content/open data company, Bitzi.com, which provides a file metadata service.

He has been an advocate for free software and related movements since 1990 and published one of the first interviews with Linus Torvalds in 1993. Mike's professional background is in web, enterprise and multimedia software development and he holds a degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

John Buckman is CEO of Magnatune.com, a online record label he launched May of 2003 with the motto "We are not evil". Since that time, he has signed over 200 artists and sells their music directly from the Magnatune site through online downloads and print-on-demand CDs, as well as a innovative licensing tool that allows filmmakers and other creative professionals to obtain music for use in commercial projects.

Known for his progressive take on label operations, Buckman emphasizes a musician-friendly approach including forming non-exclusive agreements with musicians, sharing profits equally with them, and allowing artists to retain full rights to their own music. Buckman is also a well known figure in the open source community and successfully employs both open source and Creative Commons-based principles to ensure the entire Magnatune catalog is heard by the widest possible audience. John is also a member of the board of directors of the EFF and the Open Rights Group (UK).



Nicklas Lundblad, European Policy Manager, Google Scandinavia. In addition to his job at Google, Lundblad advices the Swedish government on IT policy and has written extensively on copyright, privacy and anonymity online.

Jan RosÉn, professor of civil law at Stockholm University. Professor Rosén is a leading Swedish copyright and media law researcher, who has also discussed the Creative Commons system and filesharing in his articles.

Till Jaeger, copyright and software lawyer at JBB Rechtsanwälte, Berlin. Jaeger is an internationally recognized expert on Open Source legal questions. He is a co-founder of the "Institute of legal aspects of Free and Open Source Software (ifrOSS)" and is one of the institute's managers.

Mikko VÄlimÄki, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration and a partner in Turre Legal law firm. Välimäki has litigatedP2P and DeCSS cases.

Timo Vuorensola, director, Wreck A Movie. Vuorensola is a director of the succesful Internet movie Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning.

Currently he works with Wreck A Movie, a website for collaborative movie making.

Henrik Moltke, independent media professional, documentary maker and
freelance journalist. He has been working with access to knowledge and
copyright issues and part of the free culture movement since 2003.

Victor Stone (aka fourstones) is a DIY remixer, musician and producer in
Berkeley, California. He has been remixing and collaborating online with
musicians from all around the world since 1998 and runs the Creative
Commons remix site ccMixter.org.

Paul Gerhardt runs the UK based media consultancy, Archives for Creativity. He originated and led the BAFTA award winning Creative Archive project for the BBC, and continues to support the UK’s Creative Archive Licence Group. He is an advisor to KQED’s Science Media Commons project, and to the Open Education Video Project in the US, and joint chair of the Film & Sound Think Tank for JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee for UK Higher Education). Paul Gerhardt was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford and has a doctorate in international relations. After teaching in adult education he co-founded the International Broadcasting Trust, a production company which made over 50 TV programmes for Channel 4. Following work at Thames Television as a producer and Network Education Officer he moved to the BBC to develop its night time educational broadcasting, including the launch of the Learning Zone on BBC2. As Head of Commissioning at the BBC/Open University he re-negotiated this leading educational partnership and brought OU programmes into the BBC’s peaktime schedule. From 2001 to 2004 he was Controller, Learning, and responsible for the BBC's adult education strategy.

Pekka Gronow is adjunct professor (docent) of ethnomusicology at the University of Helsinki. His books include An International History of the Recording Industry. He has just finished a twenty-year stint as manager of the YLE sound archives (Finnish Broadcasting Company). In this role he has been responsible for the company’s music reporting to collecting societies, and has often been called in as an expert witness in court cases involving copyright and music. He is now starting a research project to document the history of Carl Lindström AG, the German multi-national record company (1904 to 1945).

Benjamin White is an Intellectual Property Manager at the British Library. Background in publishing having formally worked at Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency, as well as the international publisher Pearson Education. Active in the field of intellectual property in the UK. Over the past couple of years I have been involved in the BBC Creative Archive Licence, Department of Culture Media and Sport Creative Economy Programme, IP Advisory Board for Collections Trust (a UK Museum Organisation), Confederation of British Industry IP Advisory Committee, as well as being involved in i2010 Digital Library Programme.

Prodromos Tsiavos studied law at the University of Athens. He received his LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from Queen Mary, University of London, his M.Sc. in Analysis Design and Management of Information Systems from London School of Economics and his Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the Management Department of the London School of Economics. He is the legal project co-lead for the Creative Commons -England and Wales (CC-EW) and Greece (CC-Greece) projects, an adviser for the CC-Norway project and an associate in Avgerinos Law Firm in Athens. He is a visiting Lecturer in the Innovation Centre of Oslo University and a research officer at the Innovation and Information System Group, Management Department of the London School of Economics. Prodromos has worked for the European Commission, Oxford University and is currently teaching Open Source and Innovation Management issues at the University of Oslo. From 2009 he will be teaching a new course under the title Commons Based Information Systems and will be working on an ESRC funded project on personal data management at the management department of the London School of Economics . Prodromos is also advising various public and cultural sector organizations in the UK and Norway on open content licensing and innovation issues.