CCau is pleased to pass on the announcement from the head office in San Francisco that Creative Commons officially has a new Vice President and General Counsel – Virginia Rutledge.

As you can see from the press release here, Creative Commons would have been hard pressed to find a more qualified candidate. She has worked as a litigation associate in the areas of intellectual property, art, entertainment, antitrust, securities, and general commercial law for the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She is also published art historian, who has presented on art, digital media, and intellectual property law at conferences around the world.

For those who remember, CC’s former General Counsel was Australian Mia Garlick, who left for new challenges on Google’s legal team back in May. Since Mia left there’s been a gapping hole in the CC community. It’s great to have Virginia to fill the void.

And just in time for the Virgin Mobile court case. For those who haven’t heard about this, you can find out more in these blog postings by Lawrence Lessig and Joi Ito.