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.
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.
Sofia Castillo, Senior 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 is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
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.
Leo Lichtman, Legal Fellow
Leo Lichtman is a Legal Fellow with the Copyright Alliance. A life-long musician, Leo attended Vanderbilt University on a music scholarship, completing his B.M. in musical arts and economics before studying law at the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. Leo’s musical endeavors led him to want to work on legal issues pertaining to the entertainment industry, thereby developing a passion in copyright law.
Leo’s previous experience includes clerking for the U.S. Copyright Office, where he contributed research to the Copyright Small Claims Report, as well as clerking for the intellectual property firms of Feldman Gale and Friedland Vining, and interning for the general counsel of Ultra Music Festival in Miami. In law school, Leo was a member of the Business Law Review, and served as a Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, where he helped organize its annual symposium. He additionally received several academic recognitions, including CALI awards and Dean’s Certificates in Legal Research and Communication and International Copyright, a Dean’s Certificate in Constitutional Law I, and induction into the Order of the Coif.
Leo is still an avid musician, playing oboe, guitar, and piano, and loves to attend as many live shows as possible. His musical interests are eclectic and constantly changing, but he has long held John Scofield as one of his favorite guitarists and being in the second row for the Red Hot Chili Peppers his senior year of high school as one of his favorite concerts.
Leo is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
Rebecca Jones, Program Assistant & Member Communications and Events Coordinator
Rebecca Jones possesses 5+ years of a wide variety of professional experience, ranging from accounting to customer service, all of which has prepared her to pursue her passion of protecting the intellectual property rights of creators.
Rebecca earned her B.A. in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in Music Business. Her focus quickly shifted to to entertainment law and music publishing. She merges her legal interests and education with her natural instinct for communication and technology to send a powerful message at every opportunity.
Although she has lived in the DC area for most of her life, Rebecca has made quite a few stops along the way, including time spent living in Chicago and Montana. On a creative level, although obsessed with television, she is a music lover at heart; she loved her mom’s CD collection as a child and knew every word to American Pie by the time she started kindergarten. When she’s not glued to a TV marathon or chasing after her dog, Rebecca can usually be found in the kitchen cooking or baking the day away – another important art form, if you ask her.