Copyright and Technology NYC 2012 Conference
Stephanie Abrutyn is vice president & senior counsel, Litigation, for Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for legal issues and proceedings pertaining to the areas of HBO and Cinemax Original Programming, HBO Films, HBO Sports and HBO Documentary Films. Abrutyn also oversees HBO’s anti-piracy program. She was named to this position in August 2007. Abrutyn joined HBO as a senior counsel in June 2005.
Prior to HBO, she served as senior counsel, East Coast Media, for Tribune Company, from 1999 to 2005, where she counseled and represented six of its daily papers including Newsday, The Hartford Courant and The Baltimore Sun. During her tenure there she received the Tribune Company Corporate Excellence Award for her contributions to the company. From 1996 to 1999, Abrutyn worked at ABC, Inc. as a general attorney, Litigation and Employee Practices; and from 1991 to 1996, was a member of the Media and Communications Practice Team in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler.
She is currently on the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee, a member of the Board of Directors at the Media Law Resource Center Institute and an active participant in the ABA Forum on Communications Law. She teaches Internet and Publishing Law at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, is a former co-editor of Communications Lawyer, has served on a variety of panels and is the co-author of numerous legal publications.
Abrutyn holds a BA with honors from Colgate University, a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and studied at the Institute of Political and Economic Studies in London, England.
Sandra Aistars is the Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization of artists, producers and distributors from across the copyright spectrum. She is also the chairman of the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, which provides copyright resources for K-12 educators and classrooms. She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and new media topics at a variety of venues.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Sandra served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. In her role at Time Warner Aistars coordinated the company’s intellectual property strategies; served as an expert to the U.S. Congress, the Copyright Office, and various departments and agencies; and represented the company in cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts. Aistars has also worked as a lawyer and lobbyist on intellectual property and technology issues at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, and served as the head of public relations and government affairs for a non-profit organization.
Aistars hails from a family of talent, which includes an opera singer, authors and painters. She has provided pro bono legal counsel throughout her career to numerous independent artists and creators including singer-songwriters and nonprofit arts organizations.
Jim Burger is a member of the law firm of Dow Lohnes specializing in representation of technology companies on intellectual property, entertainment content licensing, communications and government policy matters. Mr. Burger joined the firm’s Media, Information and Technologies group in January, 1997. Prior to that, Mr. Burger was a Senior Director in Apple Computer’s Law Department. During the nine years he was at Apple, Mr. Burger had a variety of assignments, including representing Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, USA Field Sales organizations, and World-Wide Operations and Manufacturing, as well as General Counsel for Europe and Latin America and responsible for world wide government affairs. In addition, from 1991 until 1996, he was Chair of the Information Technology Industry Council’s Proprietary Rights Committee.
Mr. Burger has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the confluence of digital technology, intellectual property protection, communications, and government regulation, particularly as affecting the Internet. Mr. Burger has represented technology companies in providing digital video services to motion picture companies and in acquiring motion picture content for digital distribution, and well as in inter-industry efforts to create standards for the online distribution of motion pictures. Mr. Burger has also participated in resolving such complex issues as DVD copy protection, AACS copy protection for Blu-ray discs, and digital download of music – representing the Computer Industry Group in negotiations developing the DVD Content Scrambling System copy protection rules as well as the Secure Digital Music Initiative. Mr. Burger also has represented information technology clients before the Federal Communications Commission in proceedings such as the Digital TV transition, the Broadcast Flag, V-Chip, and Internet-related proceedings. In addition, Mr. Burger has extensive government relations experience and has been engaged in such matters as the efforts to amend copyright law from leading the negotiations to exclude the computer industry from the Audio Home Recording Act to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act. He also has represented information technology companies before the Administration and Congress on international agreements affecting intellectual property law such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and the Broadcasting Treaty. In addition, Mr. Burger has been active in lobbying communications matters such as the Digital TV Transition legislation.
A native of New York City, he received his Bachelors (with Honors), Masters and Law (cum laude) degrees from New York University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the NYU Law Journal. For seven years, he was an adjunct professor at University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative law.
Toby Butterfield is a partner in the Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. Mr. Butterfield has 20 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark, defamation, digital media, and commercial matters. He has been listed as a New York area “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property Litigation by Law and Politics magazine since 2007.
Mr. Butterfield’s clients include media and entertainment companies, and designers and manufacturers of luxury goods. His recent work includes successfully representing the owner and publisher of Business Traveller magazine in a trademark licensing dispute with a competitor; and obtaining emergency injunctive relief for HIT Entertainment, Inc. — owner of Barney®,Thomas the Tank Engine™ and Bob the Builder® — effectively shutting down the manufacturer and distributor of counterfeit adult costumes of those well known characters.
Mr. Butterfield writes and speaks frequently for bar associations and
Mr. Butterfield currently chairs the New York City Bar’s Committee on Entertainment Law, and has chaired the City Bar’s Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction and WNYC Radio’s Community Advisory Board. Mr. Butterfield has appeared on BBC World News, been quoted by The New York Times and was the Administrator of the New York State Supreme Court Screening Panel for Democratic Party judicial candidates in New York County.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Butterfield was a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. He graduated from Oxford University, the Inns of Court School of Law in London, and received an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Jean Cook is a musician, producer and Director of Programs for Future of Music Coalition. She is a founder and director of Anti Social Music, a New York-based new music collective. She currently records and tours with Ida/Elizabeth Mitchell, Jon Langford, and Beauty Pill. She has recorded on over 50 albums; recent appearances include projects by New York avant jazz artists Tom Abbs/Frequency Response, Assif Tsahar/KJLA 4Tet, and Taylor Ho Bynum/Spidermonkey Strings. Jean’s administrative background includes working as a publicist and curator for Washington Performing Arts Society, producing and hosting radio programs for 89.9 WKCR-FM, New York, and producing dozens of new music performance projects including a multimedia DIY opera called The Nitrate Hymnal. In 2004 Jean worked for Air Traffic Control, a political action group helping musicians to be more effective in the 2004 election cycle. For FMC, she covers a wide range of issues including jazz and classical music metadata, jazz radio playlist composition and (and how to improve data collection), and understanding how copyright impacts indigenous artists in places like Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Australia. She is the co-director of the Artist Revenue Streams project.
Andrew DaPuzzo is responsible for business development within the DigitalWorks team of Sony DADC. He is responsible for creating business opportunities taking advantage of unique Sony DADC technologies including eBridge, Arc and Copy Protection. He is also part of the team that is developing a unique User Rights Management solution taking advantage of the experience Sony DADC has with copy protection combined with the Marlin License Management solution already in place with other Sony companies.
Prior to joining Sony DADC Andrew worked for arvato where he managed the audiobook business with several major publishers and helped to create a comprehensive direct-to-consumer solution for Universal Music. He served on the board for the APA (Audio Publishers Association).
Jim Dovey is Digital Content Format Evangelist at Kobo. He has been writing software exclusively for the Macintosh (and later iOS) for twelve years now. A British expat, he works at Kobo in Toronto, Canada, where until recently he was the lead architect on the company’s iOS applications, and has created and published a large number of popular open-source components for Mac & iOS programming. These days he’s responsible for Kobo’s content formats, including ePub3, and for drafting future standards for both Kobo and the world at large.
Jennifer Golinveaux is a litigation partner in Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco office who concentrates her practice on complex civil litigation, primarily in the area of intellectual property. She focuses on copyright, patent, trademark, and Internet litigation and counseling.
Ms. Golinveaux also has more than a decade of experience managing trademark portfolios of all sizes. She has litigated a number of matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and handled a number of Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings. Ms. Golinveaux was named as among the world’s leading trademark practitioners for both trademark litigation and prosecution by the World Trademark Review in 2011 and 2012.
David E. Green is Vice-President for Public Policy for NBCUniversal in the Comcast-NBCUniversal Washington Office. He focuses on public policy issues, especially those involving the protection of digital content. Before joining NBCUniversal in April of 2005, Mr. Green was the Vice President and Counsel for Technology and New Media for the Motion Picture Association of America, where he handled similar public policy issues for the major U.S. motion picture studios.
Prior to joining the MPAA in May 2003, Mr. Green worked for the U.S. Department of Justice. There, he served as the Principal Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division, where he helped coordinate the national enforcement of criminal laws protecting against computer hacking and intellectual property theft. Before that, Mr. Green prosecuted public corruption cases as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section. Mr. Green also worked for several years as an associate with the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was involved in litigation and in legislative work, including intellectual property protection.
Mr. Green graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Louis H. Pollak in Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Offir Gutelzon is VP Business Development at Getty images/PicScout. Founded in 2002 and acquired by Getty Images in April this year, PicScout™ is an information company that commands the world’s largest index of fingerprinted and owner identified images. From this asset base, PicScout enables clients to both protect and promote image usage across digital platforms and devices by using the company’s proprietary and highly scalable image recognition fingerprinting technology.As the global leader in image tracking, enabler of client image monetization services, and the standard for image credit, PicScout laid the foundation for the image copyright protection marketplace through its widely used ImageTracker™ product and is now leading the way for image commerce to become a legitimate Internet economy.
Offir led the company’s development and execution of the leading image recognition solution Image Tracker™. Prior to PicScout, Offir worked with several start-up companies and was involved in the vision and creation of various software and hardware solutions. One of the start-ups was Tundo Telecommunications where Offir held various product marketing and project management positions. Offir served in a key technology unit of the Israel Defense Force and is a graduate of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program of IDC Herzliya.
Bill’s work falls at the intersection of communication technologies, policy, politics, and culture. His primary area of expertise is the law and regulation of new media technologies, including copyright, digital rights management, and internet policy. He also studies media and culture, especially niche musical cultures as laboratories of cultural and economic experimentation.
He has published in journals such as Communication Law & Policy and the Federal Communications Law Journal. His dissertation is a study of copyright’s evolving role in regulating digital rights management technologies over the last 20 years. It explores not only how this area of law has changed over time, but also how new participants such as nongovermental organizations have changed the debate. It also concludes that the internet opened the door to an even more diverse group of voices, creating a very different version of the same debate than the version presented in Congress and major newspapers.
Bill is also interested in the intersection of media technologies and culture. A former rave and club disc jockey, his earliest scholarship focused on raving and DJs, and he has also studied bootleg trading. He keeps a quieter schedule now, but he still mixes records for fun. In addition to scholarship and teaching, Bill is also an active participant in debates over the future of media policy. He has testified in hearings at the U.S. Copyright Office, and his work has been cited by the Congressional Research Service and in congressional testimony. He blogs, at irregular intervals, at ShoutingLoudly.com, and as a former intern at Public Knowledge, he occasionally writes for them. His posts have earned links from the likes of BoingBoing and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and his audio recording of Senator Ted Stevens led to the “Series of Tubes” internet meme.
Bill is originally from Colorado. He attended Colorado State University for his BA (Philosophy) and MA (Speech Communication), and he taught courses there for a year. He earned his PhD in 2009 from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Ric Hirsch joined the Entertainment Software Association in April 2000 as Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property Enforcement to direct ESA’s global enforcement efforts against the piracy of member company game software product.
The ESA is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. ESA members are the world’s leading publishers of game software. The ESA’s anti-piracy efforts include an extensive monitoring and enforcement program against online piracy, on-the-ground enforcement programs against game pirates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other countries in Asia and Latin America, and an education program aimed at teaching elementary school children about intellectual property.
Mr. Hirsch spent much of his early professional career working for the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in a number of different capacities, including as Senior Vice President and Director of the MPA’s worldwide anti-piracy program overseeing enforcement activities against motion picture and video piracy in over sixty countries. In addition to his work for MPA, he spent over three and a half years as a transactional attorney for CBS Cable working on their program services in the US and abroad as well as their sports marketing ventures.
Mr. Hirsch received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Paul has a diverse range of clients in the media, entertainment and electronics industries, to whom he gives advice on strategy, market positioning, and the creation and exploitation of industry standards. He is known for facilitation and consensus building and has a tight drafting style widely exploited in specification writing.
After a career in engineering and strategy with British Telecom, Paul was for 13 years CTO at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and subsequently at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He continues his work as Executive Director of the Registration Authorities for the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) and the Global Release Identifier (GRid) under contract to RIAA.
Paul is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Member of both the Audio Engineering Society and the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He obtained a degree in Engineering and Computer Science atCambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies at Oxford.
Christopher Kenneally, is Director of Business Development at Copyright Clearance Center. At Copyright Clearance Center, he works with his Business Development colleagues to help the company attract new customers and achieve greater penetration in existing markets. He has forged partnerships with technology providers, professional associations, and media organizations, among others. In addition, Kenneally is host/producer of CCC’s weekly podcast series, “Beyond the Book.”
As a freelance journalist, Christopher Kenneally reported on education, business, travel, culture and technology for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The Independent of London, among many other publications. He has also reported for WBUR-FM (Boston), National Public Radio, and WGBH-TV (Boston).
Eleanor M. Lackman is a Partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard. She focuses on litigation and counseling in copyright, trademark, digital media, entertainment and other intellectual property and commercial matters. She has particular specialization in matters at the intersection of intellectual property and new technology.
Ms. Lackman’s litigation experience includes representing companies and individual clients in federal and state courts at all phases of litigation, from initial analysis through trial. Her intellectual property litigation practice encompasses domain name disputes under the UDRP and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
She also advises clients in the media, entertainment, technology, consumer products and luxury goods industries, on IP prosecution, brand strategy, licensing and enforcement matters, including anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting and brand protection, as well as on matters relating to operations online, such as privacy, publicity and endorsements.
Todd Larson is an associate in the Litigation Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He represents a wide array of traditional media and new media clients in copyright infringement litigation, rate-setting litigation before the ASCAP and BMI rate courts and the Copyright Royalty Board, and negotiation of music publishing and sound recording performance licenses. Most recently, he was a member of the trial team that helped background music service DMX secure the first ever “adjustable fee blanket license” from both ASCAP and BMI. In addition to his role in such pathbreaking litigation, Mr. Larson also regularly counsels clients – including digital music services, broadcast and cable television networks, background music services, and satellite and broadcast radio companies, among others – in a variety of intellectual property matters, including the interplay between new product design, legal liability, and music licensing requirements. Mr. Larson’s interest in copyright and IP issues dates to his days at Harvard Law School, where he was an active participant at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a contributor to the Berkman Publication Series, as well as to his experience as a working musician. Mr. Larson was also a Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
David E. Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH POTOMAC, working at the intersection of the entertainment, media and technology industries and focused on bringing new innovative ways for people to enjoy and experience content. David brings many years of experience in business, law and policy issues facing the entertainment, new media, consumer electronics and information technology industries.
Among other endeavors, David is Chairman of Sir Groovy (an award-winning online B2B “sync” music search, discovery and licensing exchange representing more than 300 music labels worldwide), Chairman of Moonrider (whose acclaimed Art Jam™ interactive technology platform transforms the ways users play with audio and visual content on tablets and other mobile
devices), and is a member of the CEO Advisory Board of The Silverfern Group (a merchant bank focused on the Private Equity Sponsor community). In recent years, David has served as an advisor to The SingTel Group, as a senior advisor to Motorola, Chairman of EZMO (an early independent cloud based online social music subsidiary of FAST Search and Transfer – since acquired by Microsoft), and as Executive Vice President of Gotuit Media (a leading provider of premium metadata based video tools – since acquired by Digitalsmiths).
Earlier in his career, David co-founded and served as Chairman and Co-CEO of Verance (the preeminent audio watermark technology provider used by the motion picture, music, CE and IT industries to protect, manage, and monitor the use of audio and audiovisual content), was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America, was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Wiley & Rein, served as Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office, and as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami Law School, and at the Communications Law Institute of the Columbus School of Law (Catholic University).
Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride, which the New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” The book, his first, was also praised by Businessweek, Fortune, and the Financial Times.
He has covered pop culture, technology, and the awkward dance between them for 15 years. Most recently, he was the executive editor of Billboard; he has also been a features editor at New York magazine and Wired. His first job was at HotWired.com, the Web publication of Wired, where he was hired several months after it sold the first banner ad on the Internet.
His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He has offered commentary about the media business for NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and given keynote speeches at the World Copyright Summit in Brussels, the Canadian Media Production Association’s Prime Time conference, and other music and media business events. He holds a B.A. in politics from Brandeis and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He now covers the culture business from New York and Berlin.
While studying mathematics and computers at the University of California Santa Cruz in the early 1980’s, Lowery founded the critically acclaimed ensemble Camper Van Beethoven and associated record label Pitch-a-Tent Records. With these two entities, he helped jump start the Indie Rock movement.
In 1991, Lowery moved on to the ensemble Cracker, which produced five top ten alternative/rock radio tracks and three platinum albums. During this time he produced a variety of albums, including albums for critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists, such as The Counting Crows and Sparklehorse. Lowery also founded Sound of Music Studios with John Morand. This long running endeavor has recorded albums for a wide range of artists from D’Angelo to Lamb of God. The studio later spun off Shockoe Noise LLC, which specialized in custom music for commercials, film, and TV.
In 2007, Lowery was appointed as an advisor to the collective action website http://www.ThePoint.com. This later evolved into the social deals site http://www.Groupon.com. One of the earliest groupon-like efforts involved selling tickets for the Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Campout music festival in 2008. Groupon went public last year.
Lowery began teaching the economics and finance of the music business at the University of Georgia in 2011. With a few like-minded entrepreneurs, he helped establish The Athens Angel Investment Fund. He is also on the board of the incubator 4Athens.
Recently, Lowery has been writing for www.thetrichordist.com. This blog examines Artists’ Rights in the digital age. He has become an outspoken critic of Silicon Valley and its aggressive attacks on artists and other content creators. Two of Lowery’s pieces have gone massively viral, Letter to Emily White Intern at NPR All Songs Considered and Meet the New Boss, Worse than the Old Boss?.
Tucker McCrady is Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig. He focuses his practice on entertainment law, with an emphasis on copyright, intellectual property and contracts. He has negotiated national and international digital music agreements, and has advised clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including in connection with asset purchase agreements, security agreements and merger agreements. Tucker also has experience with intellectual property litigation, and has represented a leading toy-game manufacturer in trademark and copyright matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Tucker was Vice President of Litigation at Warner Music Group, where he managed litigation for all of Warner Music Group worldwide. Prior to that, he negotiated digital content deals for WMG’s recorded music and music publishing divisions. In his former life as an actor, he appeared in musicals, comedies, and classical dramas both on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country, as well as in specials on HBO and the Sundance Channel.
A. Miles McNamee is Vice President, Licensing and Business Development at Copyright Clearance Center. He joined CCC in 2008 as Vice President, Licensing and Business Development, overseeing business development efforts and licensing of all CCC products and services. He works with rightsholders to create licensing solutions that better monetize emerging multimedia and online publishing initiatives. Miles brings 20 years of experience in business development, sales and marketing from companies such as Starz Encore Group LLC, Microware Systems, TCI, Continental Cablevision and Showtime Networks. He holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Bryant College.
Hillel Parness is a litigation and intellectual property partner in the New York office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., one of the nation’s leading trial law firms. He is also an adjunct member of the IP faculty at Columbia University School of Law, where he has taught a seminar on Internet law since 2002.
Mr. Parness manages a wide variety of copyright, trademark and trade secret litigation matters, including music, software, new media, privacy, and Internet law infringement and licensing cases. Among his active matters is his ongoing representation of a major performing rights organization in connection with the public performance of music in various forms of new media. In addition to his intellectual property litigation practice, he is engaged on a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels, including contract, securities, product liability, white collar and other types of litigation matters.
Mr. Parness is a frequent writer and speaker on issues of litigation and intellectual property, and serves on the Content Advisory Board of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, the Board of Editors for Cyberspace Lawyer, the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the USA (Ex Officio), the Emerging Issues Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and the Law School Professor Subcommittee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Seventh and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Columbia College.
Bill Rosenblatt is program chair of C&T NYC 2012 and editor of Copyright and Technology. He is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm. GiantSteps’ clients include content providers and digital media technology companies, ranging from early stage startups to multinationals, as well law and public policy entities and investment firms worldwide.
Bill brings content providers strategic expertise in areas such as digital rights management, digital copyright, content management and distribution, workflow, cross-media production, and content monetization. He advises technology vendors on market strategy, business development, product management, and IP monetization.
He has also served as an expert witness in several litigations related to digital content and security technologies, and he has testified before and advised public policy entities in the United States and Europe on digital copyright and technology issues.
Bill is author of the book Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology (Wiley, 2001), several technical books published by O’Reilly & Associates, chapters of Television Goes Digital (Springer, 2009) and Electronic Publishing Strategies (Pira International, 1997), and several GiantSteps whitepapers. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and other events on five continents, and he has guest lectured on digital copyright at various universities and law schools.
Bill has a B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and executive education from Harvard and University of Southern California business schools.
Stuart Rosove is VP Business Development & Intellectual Property, Irdeto. Stuart has driven next-level growth and turnaround initiatives as an Internet startup CEO and senior executive at both private and public software companies. Skillful at understanding market dynamics and fostering executive collaboration, his entrepreneurial and results driven management style has created enduring and mutually beneficial strategic alliances/partnerships for the companies he has lead and represented.
Stuart turned around BayTSP, an 11-year old anti-piracy firm, by driving heightened and more consultative interaction with customers, re-focusing current and emerging services, increasing internal collaboration and negotiating customer and supplier agreements to support profitable growth. He identified prospective Global partners and led the sale of the Company to Irdeto, in 2010. Previously, Stuart was VP, Media & Entertainment of publicly held Digimarc where he was responsible for Intellectual Property Licensing, market development and strategic partnership development. In that role, he was also responsible for the joint venture between Digimarc and the Nielsen Company which was announced in 2009. Earlier in his career, Stuart was the Founder and CEO of Sequel Technology which specialized in Internet access control software for Fortune 1000 customers.
Recognized for his contributions in establishing best practices for safeguarding content in the Media & Entertainment Industry, Stuart is the creator of “The Piracy Continuum,” a framework for understanding consumer behavior in digital media consumption. The Piracy Continuum has been called “the most comprehensive security overview,” and is becoming widely adopted as a strategic foundation for planning next generation copyright programs by creators and distributors around the world. Stuart is also an inventor with patents in content identification, internet access control and mobile content consumption and an author with contributions to publications such as The New York Law Journal.
Stuart has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Manitoba in Canada.
Jeff Sedlik is President of the PLUS Coalition. He is a photographer, director, educator, publisher, expert witness and consultant. A leading authority on image licensing, copyright, image metadata and the business of photography, Jeff is past National President of the Advertising Photographers of America, and a Professor at the Art Center College of Design.
Thomas Sehested is Senior Vice President, Anti-Piracy Solutions at MarkMonitor. Thomas is responsible for the company’s anti-piracy solutions business. His career in Internet anti-piracy spans more than seven years and is notable with his founding of DtecNet in 2004 to effectively combat the growing worldwide problem of Internet piracy. With a “customer first” focus, Thomas successfully grew DtecNet into a market leading global anti-piracy company, which was acquired by MarkMonitor in 2010.
Prior to DtecNet, Thomas managed the Internet division of the Danish Anti-Piracy Group and worked in Business Development at one of Europe’s largest Internet Service Providers, Tiscali. Thomas received his Bachelor of International Business from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
Michael Stattmann is Managing Director and co-founder of castLabs. castLabs is the market leader of End-to-End UltraVioletTM technology and provider of cloud based DRM services for OTT service providers with a strong focus on mobile devices.
In the last 15 years Michael has provided innovative solutions for Music, Video, TV & Broadcasting Services. He founded castLabs in 2007 and is a leading mind in the area of content & service protection with almost a decade of experience in that field. During this time Michael developed a great understanding of consumer and content provider needs and how they can be converted into latest technology that operates across world markets.
With a background of TV, Audio Engineering and Information Technologies Michael knows content creation as well as the technology applied in digital media services.
Bill is Director of Technology at The MIT Press, where he oversees publishing technologies and a wide range of digital publishing initiatives including eBooks, apps, and Web-based scholarly publishing platforms. Bill has more than 20 years of technical and management experience in content management, XML, and related technologies. He specializes in large-scale applications of content management technology, working with publishers who are typically converting extensive legacy databases and systems into more contemporary, open technology. He brings a unique blend of strategic and hands-on knowledge of the products and trends that are shaping the publishing and content technology marketplace.
In 1993, Huub van de Pol started Icontact, a software company specialised in tools for the publishing and library industry. Icontact develops publishing and database systems for commercial publishers and public libraries. A recent milestone was the development of a common metadata and workflow management system for the largest Belgian and Dutch book distributors. Currently, Huub holds the position of CEO at Icontact.
In 2002, Huub started InCT, nowadays the leading trade magazine for innovation in the Dutch and Belgian publishing industry, where he worked as founding editor for four years. During his work as editor in chief, he wrote several articles and organised four conferences about the subject.
In 2006, Huub co-founded Luisterrijk (“sound garden”), a digital download shop for MP3 audio books. Luisterrijk won several prices as most innovative web shop, best download shop and best book web shop.
In 2006, Icontact developed a “social DRM” technique for the Luisterrijk mp3 audio files. This watermarking and personalisation system became known as BooXtream. In 2010, Icontact introduced an improved version of BooXtream for the ePub ebook file format. In 2011, several small, medium sized and large, international publishers and web shops choose BooXtream to deliver watermarked and personalised ePub ebooks in favour of the traditional DRM methods.
Jyoti (Jodi) Wadhwa is the Vice President of Marketing at Arxan Technologies. Arxan’s industry-leading content protection solutions embrace a multi-DRM, multi-device, multi-platform approach to support customers that span the digital media ecosystem from leading game developers to digital media application players to conditional access and DRM providers. Jyoti has spearheaded Arxan’s active membership in the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (UltraViolet®) consortium to provide software security thought leadership and expertise to the anytime, anywhere cloud-based entertainment consumer offering, which is largely being driven by the adoption of the mobile screen. Jyoti joined Arxan in 2007 and has been responsible for marketing strategy, product marketing and partner programs, corporate positioning and communications. She has over 20 years of marketing and senior management experience in high-growth technology companies supporting solutions from wireless/mobility to network infrastructure to software security.
Jyoti holds a MBA in IT and Finance from the University of British Columbia and a BCom in Marketing from the University of Calgary.