Lila Bailey is Policy Counsel for the Internet Archive, where she advises on the complex legal and policy issues associated with democratizing access to knowledge. She is also a lecturer at Berkeley Law, most recently teaching a course in the Fundamentals of Internet Law.
Prior to joining the Internet Archive as in-house counsel, Bailey was the founder and principal attorney at The Law Office of Lila Bailey, specializing in digital copyright and privacy issues for individual entrepreneurs and creators, early stage start-ups, Internet platforms, and libraries. From 2011-2013, Bailey was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Berkeley’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, where she managed and mentored student attorneys as they tackled cutting edge public interest technology law and policy matters. For example, she advised a Civil Rights group on the copyright issues involved in making historical materials available in digital form, worked on privacy issues associated with California’s “smart” electricity grid, and drafted a white paper on the benefits of flexible copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries outside the U.S.
Prior to this, Bailey was counsel for Creative Commons, a non-profit organization that offers open copyright licenses that allow the sharing of creative works under flexible licensing terms. In this capacity, Bailey worked with the Open Educational Resources community, to make high-quality educational materials freely available terms that allow anyone, anywhere, to access, customize, and share those resources via the Internet. Bailey held an Intellectual Property Fellowship with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2007, helping Internet users push back against abusive DMCA takedown notices and supporting EFF staff on the early stages of the Lenz v. Universal Music Group case (a.k.a. “the Dancing Baby case”). Bailey’s first job as an attorney was as an associate at Perkins Coie, where she worked on various copyright, patent, and trademark litigation matters. In 2006, she won the firm-wide Pro Bono Leadership Award for billing over 600 hours of pro bono work for the Internet Archive.
Bailey is regularly invited to speak on digital copyright issues in private workshops, at conferences, and in public libraries. She received her JD from Berkeley Law in 2005 and her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Brown University in 2000.