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Brewster Kahle

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Brewster Kahle speaking 20 November 2002

Brewster Kahle (last name pronounced "kale", like the vegetable) was an early member of the Thinking Machines team and later went on to found WAIS (sold to AOL) and later Alexa Internet (sold to Amazon.com). He also founded and continues to run (as of 2005) the Internet Archive. His goal is "Universal Access to all Knowledge".

As of March 2005 Kahle is a plaintiff, along with film archivist and fellow Internet Archive contributor Rick Prelinger, in Kahle v. Ashcroft. The plaintiffs in that case assert that the striking of the renewal requirement on copyrighted works (in the Berne Convention Implementation Act and Copyright Term Extension Act) stands in violation of the First Amendment by preventing orphaned works from entering the public domain.

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