Award Recipients

L. Ray Patterson Award Recipients

Ray Patterson was a legal thinker, writer, and practitioner who championed users' rights. He was a pioneer who drew attention to the restrictive nature of aggressive enforcement, new interpretations, and unnecessary expansions of copyright law. The Patterson Copyright Award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the U.S. Copyright Law, fair use, and the public domain.

Year Recipient Title
2017 Jonathan Band Copyright Attorney and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law School
2016 Melissa Levine Principal Investigator, Copyright Review Management System
2015 No recipient No recipient
2014 Georgia Harper Scholarly Communications Advisor, The University of Texas at Austin Libraries
2013 No recipient No recipient
2012 Winston Tabb Dean of Libraries and Museums, Johns Hopkins University
2011 Peter Suber Open Access Project Director, Public Knowledge
2010 Fred von Lohmann Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
2009 Jack Bernard Assistant General Counsel, University of Michigan
2008 Peggy Hoon Special Assistant to the Provost for Copyright Administration, North Carolina State University
2007 Peter Jaszi Professor of Law and Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University’s Washington College of Law
2006 Prudence Adler Associate Executive Director, Federal Relations and Information Policy, Association of Research Libraries
2005 Kenneth Crews Columbia University

Past Recipients of the James Madison Award

2017: Sen. Jon Tester, U.S. Senator from Montana
2016: Seamus Kraft, OpenGov Foundation Executive Director and Co-founder
2015: Sen. John Cornyn
2014: President Barack Obama's Review Group on Intelligence & Communications Technologies
2013: Aaron Swartz
2012: Rep. Zoe Lofgren
2011: Patrice McDermott
2010: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
2009: Meredith Fuchs & Thomas M. Susman
2008: Russ Feingold
2007: Paul K. McMasters
2006: Steve Aftergood
2005: Richard M. Schmidt
2004: David Sobel
2003: Government of Arlington County & Steve Horn
2002: John E. Moss & Steven Garfinkel
2001: John D. Podesta
2000: Larry Irving, Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications & Information
1999: President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board & Congressional Sponsors
1998: Wayne P. Kelley, Eliot Christian, Ben Bagdikian
1997: George Soros
1996: The National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council
1995: Internet Multicasting Service's Town Hall Project, Sailor Project, The Government Printing Office, Seattle (WA) Public Library
1994: Eileen D. Cooke & Hazel O'Leary
1993: Legislators who led the passage of P.L. 103-40, the GPO Access Act
1992: Nina Totenberg, Scott Armstrong, and Brian Lamb
1991: Rep. Don Edwards
1990: Office of Toxic Substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rep. Henry Waxman, Philip Shabecoff, and Sen. Frank Lautenberg
1989: Sen. Patrick Leahy