Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

Smart Speakers Are Table Radios for the Digital Age

One of the big holiday gift choices this year is likely to be smart speakers, such as Amazon Echos and Google Homes. Here’s the funny thing about smart speakers: while everyone was getting excited — or worried — about them as home shopping devices or yet another way for tech companies to spy on users, […]

Copyright Office to Give Updates at January Conference

The U.S. Copyright Office has been involved in two important initiatives related to copyright and technology — and they’re going to talk about them at our next conference in NYC on January 16. Last month the USCO completed its latest rulemaking on exemptions to the law prohibiting circumvention of technical protection measures — e.g., hacks […]

Another Thing to Vote For: This Blog

I hope everyone in the United States who is able to vote today does so. Far less importantly, this blog has been nominated for a legal writing award in the Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog, Legal Tech category. The contest rules are here. If you would like to vote (deadline is December 17), simply click […]

Copyright and Technology 2019: Agenda Published, Registration Available

The agenda for Copyright and Technology 2019 is now published, and registration is live. Thanks once again to the Copyright Society of the USA and Jaybird Communications for extending their partnership to what will be our tenth annual conference. We have added a very exciting session to the morning lineup: a presentation on the Open […]

One Reason Why Blockchain Is Here to Stay: The Tapscott Effect

(This is somewhat off topic, but it has no “news peg,” so it’s not appropriate for my column in Forbes, and after trying some experiments on Medium, I’ve decided not to support their advertisers anymore. So I’m writing it here.) Several days ago, at the Digital Book World conference in Nashville, I was on a […]

Music Modernization Act Loses Opportunity to Clean Up Music Industry Data

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to adopt the Senate’s modified version of the Music Modernization Act (MMA). It’s expected to become law with the President’s signature imminently. The bill’s trip from the House to the Senate had several twists and turns, with parties such as Blackstone Group (controlling owners of the […]

Copyright and Technology 2019: Keynote Speaker; Speaking Proposals Open

We have a keynote speaker and a list of session topics for Copyright and Technology 2019, our tenth annual conference, which will take place on Wednesday, January 16 at Fordham Law School in NYC, co-produced with the good folks at the Copyright Society of the USA and sponsored by the Fordham IP Institute. I am thrilled […]