Sandra Aistars, Executive Director
Sandra Aistars is the Executive Director 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, Director of Strategy and Communications
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.
Corie Dean, Office Manager
Corie Dean graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in interior merchandising and French. After testing out her major as part of the design team at Anthropolgie, she spent a year in the German Alps orchestrating and executing events and tours for US military personnel who wanted to explore Germany during their time abroad. Corie set back across the ocean to DC and put her attentive and very detailed oriented skills to work as a wedding planner.
Throughout her life, Corie has found herself surrounded by artists, and decided she wanted to support the good work of helping artists fight for their rights. She has put her love for organizing, event planning, and logistical details to work as the Office Manager of the Copyright Alliance.
She enjoys all things eccentric, flashy, and fun which is why she is drawn to artists of all types and very much likes interacting with them. Corie is quite fond of old-school pedal bikes with cute baskets, vintage shops and flea markets, French films, contra dancing, and eating all things tasty and unique.