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Mr. Luis Villa

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Deputy General Counsel

Wikimedia Foundation , Inc.
P.O. Box 78350
San Francisco, California 94107
United States

Company Description: The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit corporation based in Florida, USA. It was founded in 2003 to maintain and develop free-content projects like Wikipedia, and...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • law
    Columbia
  • political science and computer science
    Duke University
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Luis Villa: "I wanted to be ...
blog.wikimedia.org, 11 June 2014 [cached]
Luis Villa: "I wanted to be an Internet lawyer"
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Luis Villa
As deputy general counsel, Luis Villa is at the forefront of this eclectic mix that combines traditional legal counsel with community advocacy that stretches across 700+ communities. With a year under his belt at the Wikimedia Foundation, he feels that he's doing what he always wanted to do. "Out of law school I told someone at my summer job that I wanted to be an Internet lawyer," says Villa. "He basically said there's no such thing, but now I have that job!"
Luis' interest in law and technology go as far back as high school, recalling the United States vs. Microsoft court proceedings as a moment that ignited a curiosity in him for politics and technology. Embracing his passions, he pursued a degree in Political Science and Computer Science at Duke University. "When I started studying computer science and political science in 1996, those were two separate things," Villa explains. "I was interested in political philosophy and I was interested in computers and I didn't really think the two had much overlap. It wasn't until he read Lawrence Lessig's "Code and other Laws of Cyberspace" that he realized how much overlap there was between the two.
His first job was in quality assurance for Ximian, scoping out bugs and figuring out why things were crashing. While at Ximain he worked extensively on the GNOME open source project doing quality assurance - eventually becoming a board member. He went on to work at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society as a "geek in residence" at Harvard. After a comprehensive search into a variety of institutions with a strong intellectual law faculty, he enrolled at Columbia Law School, graduating in 2009. Before working at a law firm, he spent a year at Mozilla, leading the project to revise the Mozilla Public License. Luis later joined Greenberg Traurig, participating heavily in the Google Oracle lawsuit. While at Greenberg he became an outside counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation. With a background well tailored to the Foundation's goals and needs, Luis eventually made the decision to join the Foundation full-time as deputy general counsel.
Special thanks goes to James Alexander, ...
blog.wikimedia.org, 11 June 2014 [cached]
Special thanks goes to James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas and Tiffany Li for their incredible support during this process.
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Agradecimientos especiales a James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas,y a Tiffany Li por su increíble apoyo en este proceso.
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Nous remercions particulièrement James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas, et Tiffany Li pour leur incroyable investissement dans le processus de rédaction.
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Un ringraziamento speciale a James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas, e Tiffany Li per il loro incredibile supporto durante questo processo.
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Besonderer Dank geht an James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas und Tiffany Li für ihre unglaubliche Unterstützung während dieses Prozesses.
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Agraïments especials a James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas, i a Tiffany Li pel seu increïble suport en aquest procés.
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Terima kasih diucapkan kepada James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas, dan Tiffany Li atas sokongan luar biasa mereka semasa proses ini.
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Agradecimentos especiais a James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas, e a Tiffany Li pelo seu incrível apoio neste processo.
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Bu süreç boyunca inanilmaz desteklerini esirgemeyen James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas ve Tiffany Li'ye özellikle tesekkürler.
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James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas, ?a?
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Agradecimentos especiais vão para James Alexander, Heather Walls, Luis Villa, Roshni Patel, Toby Negrin, Megumi Yukie, Dario Taraborelli, Jorge Vargas, e a Tiffany Li pelo seu incrível apoio neste processo.
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Posted by Luis Villa on March 14, 2014
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Luis Villa, Deputy General Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
Board - Annotated | Open Source Initiative
opensource.org, 11 June 2014 [cached]
Luis Villa
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Luis Villa is a lawyer who has worked and volunteered in Open Source development since he was in college. Luis studied law at Columbia, where he graduated with honors, was Editor-in-Chief of the Science and Technology Law Review, and was awarded a prize for excellence in intellectual property studies. Before law school, Luis worked in software, including several years working on the GNOME Linux desktop at Ximian, later acquired by Novell. He also spent a year at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center as 'geek in residence', working on a variety of projects, including StopBadware.org and the h2o educational web software project. Luis's undergraduate education was at Duke University, where he majored in political science and computer science, and got his first experience as an open source maintainer by hacking on the legOS operating system for Lego Mindstorms.
Your Moderator: The morning will be ...
opensource.org, 9 May 2013 [cached]
Your Moderator: The morning will be moderated by OSI board director and license committee chair Mr. Luis Villa. Mr. Villa is currently Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously he was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig and Mozilla, where he worked on the revision of the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
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Mr. Luis Villa, OSI board director and Deputy General Counsel, WIkimedia Foundation
Advisory Council | Open Definition
opendefinition.org, 21 Jan 2014 [cached]
Luis Villa
Luis Villa is Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously he was an associate in the Palo Alto office of the Greenberg Traurig law firm, where his practice focused on counseling companies on intellectual property, technology licensing and related matters, with a particular focus on open source licensing. His clients were both for-profits and non-profits, including Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, Amazon, and Facebook. He also advised Google in the Oracle v. Google trial, and led the first revision of the Mozilla Public License in a decade. Luis is a director of the Open Source Initiative, and serves as an invited expert on the World Wide Web Consortium's Patents and Standards Interest Group. Before law school, Luis worked in software, including several years working on the GNOME Linux desktop at a small startup.
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