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Eben Moglen

Born: c. 1959

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Attorney, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Shareware law

Eben Moglen is a law professor at Columbia and noted open-source software advocate. He was the long-time legal counsel for the Free Software Foundation, a co-founder of the Software Freedom Law Center, and served on the defense team when Phil Zimmermann was prosecuted for writing and distributing Pretty Good Privacy (PDP) encryption software. He is the author of dotCommunist Manifesto, a critique of intellectual property law, and made significant contributions to General Public License (GPL), the legal protection now commonly included in most freeware and shareware. Before he became a law professor he was a computer programmer.

    University: BA, Swarthmore College (1980)
    Law School: JD, Yale Law School (1985)
    Teacher: Law, Columbia Law School (1987-94)
    University: PhD Legal History, Yale Law School (1993)
    Professor: Law & Legal History, Columbia Law School (1994-)

    Software Freedom Law Center Co-Founder and Director (2005-)
    Free Software Foundation General Counsel (1993-2006)
    Law Clerk for Thurgood Marshall, US Supreme Court (1986-87)
    Law Clerk for Edward Weinfeld, US District Court, New York (1985-86)
    IBM Associate Corporation Counsel (1983-84)
    IBM Programmer/Analyst (1979-84)
    Free Software Foundation Board of Directors (2000-07)
    New York State Bar Association
    Public Patent Foundation Board of Directors
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    EFF Pioneer Award 2003


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