Public Knowledge

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Public Knowledge
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Formation2001, U.S.
TypeNon-profit organization
PurposeCommunications law and policy, intellectual property, technology policy
HeadquartersWashington, District of Columbia, U.S.

Public Knowledge is a non-profit Washington, D.C.-based public interest group that is involved in intellectual property law, competition, and choice in the digital marketplace, and an open standards/end-to-end internet.


Public Knowledge was founded by David Bollier and Gigi Sohn. Chris Lewis is president and CEO, and its directors include Internet Archive Director and Co-founder Brewster Kahle, University of Pennsylvania professor Kevin Werbach, and former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps.[1] [2] Public Knowledge's work focuses on the three 'IP's of communications and copyright policy: information policy, intellectual property, and Internet Protocol.

The group is known for its advocacy for copyright defenses and exemptions such as fair use and against the expansion of copyright in general. For instance, in response to the FCC's attempt to mandate a broadcast flag for all digital TV tuners, Public Knowledge led the successful legal campaign to have the rule overturned.[3][4][5] One study of the politics of digital rights management policy concluded, "Since its 2001 founding, Public Knowledge has risen to prominence as the pre-eminent DC-based policy advocacy organization within the strong fair use coalition."[6]

Board of directors[edit]

The following individuals are on the board as of February 2020.[7]

Former Directors

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Board". Public Knowledge. 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  2. ^ "Staff". Public Knowledge. 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  3. ^ Labaton, Stephen (October 27, 2003). "Rules near on TV piracy; Critics press their case". The New York Times. p. C5.
  4. ^ Zeller Jr., Tom (February 21, 2005). "Federal effort to head off TV piracy is challenged". The New York Times. pp. C5.
  5. ^ Labaton, Stephen (May 7, 2005). "Antipiracy rule for broadcasts is struck down". The New York Times. p. A2.
  6. ^ Herman, Bill D. (2009). "The Battle over Digital Rights Management: A Multi-Method Study of the Politics of Copyright Management Technologies". Bill D. Herman, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania: 87. SSRN 1357203. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Public Knowledge. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  8. ^ "Public Knowledge Appoints NVPR President To Board of Directors". Public Knowledge. December 11, 2012. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-04.

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