Sandra Aistars, Chief Executive Officer
Sandra Aistars is the Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non- partisan educational organization of artists, producers and distributors from across the copyright spectrum. She is also the chairman of the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, which provides copyright resources for K-12 educators and classrooms. She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and new media topics at a variety of venues.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Sandra served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. In her role at Time Warner Aistars coordinated the company's intellectual property strategies; served as an expert to the U.S. Congress, the Copyright Office, and various departments and agencies; and represented the company in cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts. Aistars has also worked as a lawyer and lobbyist on intellectual property and technology issues at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, and served as the head of public relations and government affairs for a non-profit organization.
Aistars hails from a family of talent, which includes an opera singer, authors and painters. She has provided pro bono legal counsel throughout her career to numerous independent artists and creators including singer-songwriters and non- profit arts organizations.
Sandra is currently loving the paint drip painting " THEFEELINGTHATILOSTTODAY" by Markus Linnenbrink, a German born artist, living in Brooklyn. Linnenbrink names his paintings after songs he is listening to as he works. This one is named for a song by The National. She also loves that Linnenbrink often incorporates his father's photographs from their family travels in the 70's into his work. See his photo drip paintings.
Paul Vogelzang, Chief Operating Officer
Paul Vogelzang has 12+ years as a senior level communications expert, and is an avid user of technology, social media and the web. Prior to joining CA, Paul was the Executive Producer of the wildly popular web shows, MommyCast and MommyCast Latina. MommyCast enjoys the distinction of being the “first Mom” web series on iTunes and won the Webby Award, Best Family and Parenting site, 2007 & 2008. As a result of his work with MommyCast, Paul is a new media entertainment expert deeply involved with a wide variety of social media activities, serving on several boards, and speaking at industry events. Paul has served as a consultant for Believe Entertainment, Media Rights Capital, Omnicom/Porter Novelli, and worked as the Special Assistant, E-Gov, in the office of the CIO with the United States Department of Treasury. He has authored numerous articles on e-commerce, e-gov issues, marketing of financial services, and specifically, their online availability and the privacy issues surrounding those transactions.
Paul attended Brigham Young University, University of the Pacific, and has a M.B.A. from LaSalle University, Graduate School of Business.
As for Paul’s artistic side, the best way to describe it is that being married to an artist complements Paul’s left side of his brain. Paul’s wife, Gretchen, a ballet choreographer, cast Paul in her version of “Copellia,” and Paul learned the mazurka dance, and quickly realized how difficult ballet is to learn and perform, at least perform well. In addition, Paul’s mother is a well-known writer, based in Northern California. Paul, surrounded by artists, is thrilled to join CA, and advocate on behalf of artists everywhere.
Terry Hart, Director of Legal Policy
Prior to joining the Copyright Alliance team, Terry wrote for Copyhype, a blog he started in 2010 that aims to make copyright cool again through lengthy, dry, legally dense articles. In 2011, the site was named by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law blogs in the U.S. and has been cited in legal publications and online news outlets. He also provided legal research for Robert Levine's Free Ride: How digital parasites are destroying the culture business and how the culture business can fight back, published in 2011.
Terry remains fascinated with creativity and technology, a fascination that started with writing songs using an Amiga 1000 and a MIDI keyboard when he was 8 years old. His musical talents have advanced little since then, so he turned instead to the law.
Terry earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property. He has a B.A. in communications from Shippensburg University.
Cecile Remington, Social Media & Coalitions Coordinator
Cecile Remington possesses over 5 years of experience in marketing and social media, including brand management, advertising, event planning, market research and marketing communications. She has worked for companies such as the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association and Ace INA Insurance.
Cecile is an avid fan and user of social media. She enjoys Facebook and Twitter, but her favorite social media medium is instagram because of her love for photography. Cecile's other passions include: film, music, travel, food, perfume and art. One of her favorite French impressionists is Gustave Caillebotte because of his early interest in photography as an art form.
Cecile received a B.A. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the International University of Monaco in Luxury Goods Marketing (with a concentration in fragrances). During her junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence at the Institut d'Etudes Politique.
Originally from Delhi, India, Cecile grew up in Arlington, VA in a Franco-American household. In her spare time, she volunteers for two nonprofits - Forgotten Children and Dress for Success Washington DC.
Sofia Castillo, Legal Fellow
Sofia Castillo is a Legal Fellow with the Copyright Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, Sofia interned at the U.S. Copyright Office and the International Intellectual Property Institute where she worked on resale royalty rights for visual artists and IP issues in FTAs.
Sofia was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, lived in Hong Kong for two years to attend Li Po Chun United World College, and in Canada where she completed her B.A. in Anthropology and International Development at Trent University. Sofia also holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. After working for three years at the Center for Justice and International Law, a DC-based human rights NGO, Sofia pursued her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Sofia found in copyright and trademark law a great anchor for her passion for photography, film, design and literature. Some of her favorite artists are painter Alphonse Mucha, photographer Richard Avedon, and writer Almudena Grandes.
Monique DeZarn, Project Assistant
Monique comes from a legal background, having spent over three years working as a legal intern and legal assistant at Kirkland and Ellis LLP. During her time at Kirkland and Ellis, Monique focused on corporate litigation and antitrust law. Prior to her time at Kirkland and Ellis, Monique worked as a Grant and Communications Intern at First People’s Worldwide. Her work there introduced her to the nonprofit world, and helped to reinforce her desire to give a voice to marginalized groups, and people.
Monique earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Mary Washington. While there, she focused on failed and failing states and wrote an honor’s thesis that focused on the United States’ relationship with Yemen- a country that she continues to find fascinating. Her other academic interest was communications, and Monique served as the opening speaker for the Fredericksburg Forum, where she met, and presented a host of interesting individuals, most notably Anthony Bourdain. She was also a two-sport NCAA athlete.
Monique’s love of the arts started at the age of four, when her parents enrolled her in classical violin lessons. She follows a long lineage of violinists-her great grandfather, grandfather, uncle, and cousin, have all experienced great success and notoriety in the ‘fiddling’ world. As a result of her classical music rearing, Monique finds herself listening to Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma on any one of her Apple devices daily.
Having been raised in an Afghan-American household, Monique loves to travel, explore new cultures and learn new languages. She is fluent in Spanish and Dari, is learning Arabic and wants to master French next. One of her favorite parts of traveling is eating new and interesting foods- her favorite culinary cities so far: Paris and New Orleans. Her least favorite: London.