This page is to remember Atty. Jimmy Soriano and the great contribution made to the Creative Commons community.
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. During 2008-09 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 adviser 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 in July 2012, after a year of lingering illness. He will be greatly missed by all in the CC community.
Below are memories of Jimmy and messages for his family shared by CC's community.
I am very sad to hear this news. . .Thank you to the community that Jimmy helped build for showing all of us how much he meant to us. - Lawrence Lessig, Board
This is extremely sad news. Jimmy was one of CC's longest running supporters, and a prominent and important part of our community. Anyone who knew Jimmy will miss his energy and his wisdom. Our thoughts go out to Jimmy's family. - Jessica Coates, Global Network Manager
I am truly saddened to hear the news. He was and will always remain an inspiration to our whole community including me. My heartfelt condolence to his family. - SooHyun Pae, Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator and 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
It's really sad that we won't be able to see Jimmy's smile forever. 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 a leading figure in the CC Community and we will miss him. Please pass on our thoughts to his family. If there is anything we can do to assist his family at this time let us know. - Brian Fitzgerald, Board and CC Australia
This is indeed sad, and we will miss Jimmy's presence immensely. Thoughts go out to his family, close friends and colleagues. - Jane Hornibrook, Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator and CC New Zealand
My condolences. I will miss him deeply. - Joi Ito, Board
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
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
So sorry to hear the sad news... 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
At the CC Asia-Pacific conference, Jimmy was the most welcoming, sweet, and funny guy. I'm very sad to hear this, my condolences to his family and friends. He is a great loss to our community. - Jane Park, Project Manager
From CC Nigeria: ,Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un,Al Baqara, 2:156 - 'Surely we belong to God and to Him shall we return'.May Allah accept his soul, I met him at the icommons conference at the Berkman Centre and found him friendly and warm. We shall miss him at CC Nigeria. We pray that God grants his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss. - Ayo Kusamotu, CC Nigeria
CC Brazil is also saddened with the news and send our condolences to the family. - Ronaldo Lemos, CC Brazil
He will be dearly missed. Please pass our sympathies to his family and to the rest of Filipino CC team. - Tomislav Medak, CC Croatia
I am touched by everyone's fond memories of Jimmy, since I never had the opportunity to meet such an important member of the CC community. I can see that he will be dearly missed, and send my sincere condolences to his family and friends. - Heidi Chen, Grants & Projects Manager
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