Brad Templeton

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Brad Templeton
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Brad Templeton, 2014
Born (1960-04-20) April 20, 1960 (age 59)
near Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupationsoftware architect, entrepreneur
Parent(s)Charles Templeton, Sylvia Murphy

Brad Templeton (born April 20, 1960 near Toronto) is a software architect, civil rights advocate, and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Waterloo.[1]


Templeton is considered one of the early luminaries of Usenet, and in 1989 founded ClariNet Communications Corporation, which used Usenet protocols to distribute news articles, one of the first commercial examples of electronic publishing. In his "Net History in Brief" post, he coined the phrase Imminent death of net predicted. He also founded Looking Glass Software (not the same company as Looking Glass Studios), and was involved in the development of a number of software packages. In 1979, he developed a version of Time Trek for the Commodore PET.

He was the chairman of the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation for ten years until February 2010, when he relinquished his tenure to John Buckman.[2] Templeton remains on the board of the EFF. He created the Usenet newsgroup rec.humor.funny in 1987 and moderated it from 1987 to 1992.[3] To Commodore users, he's probably best known for POWER (a BASIC programmers' utility)[4] and the assembler PAL.[5][6]

Templeton is widely known in the Internet and legal community for writing about political and social issues related to computing and networks. One of the most frequently-cited works on Internet copyright law is his 10 Big Myths of Copyright Explained.[7] Templeton also serves on the advisory council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[8]


Templeton is the son of Charles Templeton and Sylvia Murphy, and the brother of Ty Templeton.


  1. ^ Templeton, Brad (2001-12-21). "I Remember USENET". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  2. ^ 10 Year Term of EFF Chairman Winds Down with EFF's 20th Anniversary Tonight
  3. ^ The Creation of rec.humor.funny
  4. ^ "Professional Software Introduces POWER by Brad Templeton". Commodore Interface. Vol. 2 no. 3. King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. July 1982. p. 49.
  5. ^ Jim Lawless (1996-07-01). "Brad Templeton: The Programmer's Friend". Commodore Hacking. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  6. ^ "Proline Software magazine ad image". Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  7. ^ "10 Big Myths of Copyright Explained". Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  8. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved 2016-11-02.

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