EFF Senior Staff Attorney Fred Von Lohmann just won a much-prized acknowledgment from Public Knowledge, a public interest group based in Washington, DC whose mission to promote innovation and protect consumer rights often complements our mission at EFF.
Public Knowledge each year hands out the IP3 Awards to highlight the work of individuals whose work contributes to the public interest in one of the three IP areas — Internet Protocol, Intellectual Property and Information Policy.
Surprise! Fred's IP3 Award is for his contribution to the world of Intellectual Property:
Von Lohmann was nominated for his work to advance the cause of fair use while protecting innovation. Von Lohmann has designed legal strategy for, and argued cases on behalf of, the cause of fair use of intellectual property before every level of Federal court. He is in the forefront of advocating new policies that reflect the protection of users and the reasonable balance between copyright and consumer rights. He will be given the award for contributions to Intellectual Property.
This isn't the first time Fred has gotten props for his brilliant work defending fair use, consumer rights, and articulating a Better Way Forward. He won a California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award in 2003 and was recognized as a "SuperLawyer" in 2008. Go Fred!
PK will also be giving much deserved awards to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Free Press Plicy Director Ben Scott, and Public.Resource.org founder Carl Malamud.