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Creative Commons Remembers Jimmy Soriano

Jessica Coates, August 3rd, 2012

iSummit08: Jimmy Soriano
iSummit08: Jimmy Soriano / Tomislav Medak / CC BY

Creative Commons would like to take this opportunity to remember the great contribution made to its community by Atty. Jimmy Soriano.

Jimmy first joined the CC community in 2005 when he launched our CC Philippines team. Over the past 7 years, he has been a constant presence at CC events, a major contributor to discussion and debates, and a particularly influential figure in our Asia-Pacific community. For several years, he served as head of the CC Asia and the Pacific Community, launching its first newsletter and hosting its conference in Manila in 2009. Jimmy’s friendliness, patience and wisdom made him a natural leader in our community, taking the role of mentor and advisor to many new affiliates in his region.

In his role both in CC and as Executive Director of the e-Law Center of the Arellano University School of Law, Jimmy was a particularly strong advocate for open education and the need to make knowledge and learning accessible to all. He practiced his own values through his teaching, advocacy and academic work, in which he sought to make the law accessible and understandable to all members of society.

Jimmy passed away on Monday, after a year of lingering illness. He will be greatly missed by all in the CC community.

Below are a few memories of Jimmy and messages for his family shared by CC’s community. You can find more messages here.

I am truly saddened to hear the news. He was and will always remain an inspiration to our whole community including me. – SooHyun Pae, CC Korea

Jimmy is one of the few jurisdiction project leads I first met. I admire his thoughtfulness and passion ever since. I miss you, my friend. – Tyng-Ruey Chuang, CC Taiwan

When I met him at CC Asia Conference in Seoul, he gave us a great smile and that made us relaxed and united as Asian community. Everyone will miss him a lot. – Chiaki Hayashi, CC Japan

I will never forget his passion and warm smile forever. Good bye, Jimmy, my old friend. Rest in Peace. – Jay Yoon, CC Korea

Jimmy was the sweetest person and such a dear friend. He always made me smile. He will be remembered fondly and with much love. – Alina Ng, CC Malaysia

His wisdom and sense of humor will be deeply missed. – Juan-Carlos De Martin, CC Italy

His enthusiasm will remain in our hearts forever. – Nevenka Antic, CC Serbia

Jimmy’s passion, wisdom and warm smile inspired us a lot. We will miss him deeply. – Chunyan Wang and the rest of the team at CC China Mainland

Thank you to the community that Jimmy helped build for showing all of us how much he meant to us. – Lawrence Lessig, Board

CC Birthday Party in Manila
CC Birthday Party in Manila (Jimmy center back) / CC Philippines / CC BY-NC

2 Responses to “Creative Commons Remembers Jimmy Soriano”

  1. I would like to honor the memory of Atty Soriano – he definitely put the Philippines on the Creative Commons map & he serves as inspiration for producers and artistes in the Philippines to put out their content under the Creative Commons license – we will miss a visionary like Atty. Soriano – your legacy will live on

  2. Haggen So says:

    I am shocked by the news on Jimmy first through Facebook. He pulled off such a great CC Asia-Pacific Conference in Manila and everyone enjoyed his hospitality very much. He also took the trouble to travel to Hong Kong and shared in BlogFest.Asia 2009. He will be missed dearly. – Haggen So, Former Project Manager of CC Hong Kong

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