2016 NYC Conference – Speaker Biographies

Matthew Barblan

Barblan ImageMatthew Barblan is the Director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law, where he conducts research in patent and copyright law and policy. Matthew is responsible for the executive-level management of the Center, and he oversees the development and operations of the Center’s research and policy programs, including fellowship programs in patent and copyright law, a substantial research grant program, and ongoing publications, events, and academic and policy engagement.

Matthew began his career as a litigation associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

Jacqueline Charlesworth

Jacqueline Charlesworth Headshot (1)Jacqueline C. Charlesworth is General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office.  As General Counsel, she has primary responsibility for the legal interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act and related statutory and regulatory provisions.  In addition to supervising the litigation-related and rulemaking activities of the Office, she advises Congress, the Department of Justice, and other agencies on a wide range of copyright-related matters.  During her tenure at the Office she has been responsible for significant policy initiatives, including major studies on music licensing and small copyright claims.

Jacqueline was appointed General Counsel in July 2013.  Previously, she served as Senior Counsel to the Register of Copyrights.  She joined the Copyright Office in 2012 from a New York City law firm, where she focused on music and copyright issues.  Before entering private practice, she held the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), representing music publishers and songwriters in litigation, regulatory and other matters.  Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a leading music licensing agency.

Jacqueline received her J.D. from Yale Law School and holds a B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University.  At law school, she served on the Executive Committee of The Yale Law Journal and was also a founding member of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism.  Following law school, she clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York and Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit.

Devereux Chatillon

DevChatillonDevereux Chatillon is a partner at Chatillon Weiss PLLC, who specializes in the area of copyright and intellectual property rights counseling; strategic positioning and risk management; and litigation advice, including commercial as well as content related.

Dev has spent many years at the highest levels of the corporate world, working at Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. (as VP Business Development); Scholastic, Inc. (as Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & General Counsel); Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (as Partner); Miramax Films (as Executive Vice President); The New Yorker (as Vice President & General Counsel); and ABC (as Senior General Attorney).

Educated at New York University (JD, Law), where she served on the NYU Law Review, and Harvard University (AB, American History), Dev lives and practices in New York City. She is a Adjunct Instructor in the Masters Program in Publishing at the NYU School of Continuing Professional Studies. Dev is member of the Board of Trustees of the Practicing Law Institute, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Sample representations include the producers of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Zola Books Inc., Callaway Digital Arts, Inc., and Hachette Books.

Theo Cheng

Theo Cheng HeadshotTheo Cheng is an intellectual property and commercial litigation partner at the international law firm of Fox Horan & Camerini LLP.  He has handled a broad array of disputes in industries as varied as high-tech, entertainment, consumer products, retail, and financial services.  Mr. Cheng also has a growing alternative dispute resolution practice in IP and technology disputes, serving as an arbitrator and mediator with the AAA, Resolute Systems, and several federal and state courts.

He received his A.B. cum laude in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.  After law school, he served as a law clerk in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit.  Mr. Cheng was also a marketing consultant at MetLife Insurance Company, where he was designated a Chartered life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, as well as a Series 7 General Securities Representative.

Mr. Cheng is a member of several professional associations, for which he serves on various litigation, IP, and ADR sections and committees, including serving as the Co-Chair of the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Clint Cox

Clint_Cox_034Clint Cox is the Vice President of Technical Operations at the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  He oversees a 24×7 team responsible for technical project management, IT operations, and content protection services of all of UFC’s Pay Per View and original content.

Prior to joining UFC, Clint ran NBC Universal’s Anti Piracy operations for three years responsible around the clock enforcement for all of NBC’s TV brands as well as Universal Pictures.  Clint led a session at 2012’s SMPTE presentation in Los Angeles where he presented about NBC Universal’s enforcement activities for the London Olympics Games.  Clint has over ten years of IT and Digital Media Management experience having worked in New York, LA, London, Shanghai and now Las Vegas.

John Delaney

delaney_john_4068_PitchPhotoJohn F. Delaney is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he leads the office’s Technology Transactions Group and co-heads the firm’s Media practice.  Mr. Delaney advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups on a wide range of complex technology law issues.

As a co-founder of the firm’s Social Media practice, Mr. Delaney also advises clients on the rapidly evolving law of social media, including user-generated content and the application of the DMCA and CDA safe harbors; online data collection and monetization; the enforceability of online “Terms of Use”; the drafting and updating of social media policies; online data harvesting; the FTC’s Endorsement Guides; and risk reductions strategies and emerging best practices in connection with corporate blogs, third-party social media platforms, mobile applications, wearable technology and other emerging technologies.

Mr. Delaney is also the co-founder and co-editor of Socially Aware, a popular blog and award-winning newsletter covering social media and Internet law developments.  The blog is located at http://www.sociallyawareblog.com, and was recently included in the ABA Journal’s 9th Annual Blawg 100, a list of top legal blogs.

Mr. Delaney received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Joseph DeMarco

DeMarco ImageJoseph V. DeMarco is a partner at DeVore & DeMarco LLP where he specializes in counseling clients on complex litigation and investigation issues involving a range of subjects including fraud and securities laws violations, information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, and computer intrusions. His years of experience in private practice and in government handling the most difficult cybercrime investigations handled by the United States Attorney’s Office have made him one of the nation’s leading experts on white collar crime and the law relating to emerging technologies.

From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco served an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of white collar crimes and founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPs) Program, a group of five prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cybercrime laws and intellectual property offenses, encompassing all forms of criminal activity affecting e- commerce.

Since 2002, Mr. DeMarco has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the upper-class Internet and Computer Crimes seminar. He has spoken throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Asia and the Middle East on white collar crime and cybercrime and has lectured on the subject of cybercrime at Harvard Law School

David Donahue

Donahue_DavidDavid Donahue is a Partner in litigation department of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C., an intellectual property boutique that focuses on copyright, trademark and design patent law. David is a frequent speaker on copyright-related issues, and has participated on speaking panels before a variety of organizations such as PLI, The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, to name a few. Before joining Fross Zelnick, David clerked for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2001-2002) and the Honorable Milton Pollack, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1998-1999).

Andreas Gebhard

Andreas GebhardAndreas Gebhard is responsible for Editorial Strategy and heads up Global Programming at Getty Images in New York. He also serves on the Board of the IPTC, the standards body of the media industry.

He has been in the media business for more than 20 years, from photographer to editor to manager. Andreas is well-versed in the technical and workflow aspects of asset management and the challenges presented by legal imperatives and technological realities.

Devlin Hartline

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Devlin Hartline is the Assistant Director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law, where he leads the Center’s communications and academic advocacy efforts. Devlin works closely with the Center’s scholars to publicize and promote rigorous research on the law, economics, and history of intellectual property.

Devlin’s research agenda at CPIP spans a broad spectrum of doctrinal and political issues in patent and copyright law.  Devlin holds an LL.M. with concentrations in intellectual property and constitutional law from Tulane University Law School, a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently an S.J.D. candidate at Tulane Law, and he maintains a personal intellectual property law blog at lawtheories.com.

David Hughes

David Hughes Photo 2013David Hughes is Chief Technology Officer of the RIAA.  He has almost 25 years’ experience in digital technology focusing for the last 19 years on the online distribution of music. He joined the RIAA in Washington, DC in 2006. David represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts. His responsibilities include the development and promotion of technical standards, emerging technologies and new formats, and outreach to the broader technology community.

In 1996, while working at Sony Corporation in Tokyo he became responsible for formulating a digital music distribution strategy for Sony. In 1998 he moved to Sony Music in New York where, as Vice President of Technology Strategies and Digital Policy, he created and headed the industry’s first online delivery department. His responsibilities included the creation of both the technical and business infrastructures required to enable mass online distribution. He also formulated digital policy for online distribution as well as for physical and online antipiracy. David has contributed to a number of formats and standards including MPEG, DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray and UltraViolet.

David holds a Masters of Management Science from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and a BA Honours degree from the University of Alberta in Canada.  He sits on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and is the inventor of a number of U.S. and international patents.

Vance Ikezoye

IkezoyeVance Ikezoye is president and chief executive officer of Audible Magic.  He co-founded Audible Magic in 1999, recognizing the growing need for digital copyright tracking, monetization and management. Mr. Ikezoye applies a wealth of technical, sales and marketing experience and holds several key patents.

Mr. Ikezoye began his career at Hewlett-Packard, where he served in various sales, marketing and technical positions within the computer systems and medical products businesses over a 13-year period. From there, Mr. Ikezoye joined Trade Reporting and Data Exchange Inc., a venture capital funded start-up, where over five years he held the titles of vice president sales, marketing and international and business development.

Ikezoye holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Joe Karaganis

Joe KaraganisJoe Karaganis is vice president at The American Assembly, a public-policy institute at Columbia University.  Much of his work explores issues of piracy and enforcement in digital markets, including Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (2011) and Copy Culture in the US and Germany (2013).

Roy Kaufman

roy-kaufmanRoy Kaufman is Copyright Clearance Center’s Managing Director of New Ventures.  He is responsible for expanding service capabilities as CCC moves into new markets and services.  Prior to CCC, Roy served as Legal Director, Wiley-Blackwell, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.  He is a member of, among other things, the Bar of the State of New York, the Copyright and Legal Affairs Committee of the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers and the UK’s Gold Open Access Infrastructure Program.

He was the founding corporate Secretary of CrossRef, and formerly chaired its legal working group. He has lectured extensively on the subjects of copyright, licensing, open access, text/data mining, new media, artists’ rights, and art law.  Roy is Editor-in-Chief of Art Law Handbook: From Antiquities to the Internet, and author of two books on publishing contract law. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School.

Christopher Kenneally

Chris Kenneally 8x10_300dpiChristopher Kenneally is the Director of Business Development at Copyright Clearance Center(CCC). At CCC, Christopher Kenneally develops content and programming covering issues facing the information industry. He also works with his Business Development colleagues to help the company attract new customers and achieve greater penetration in existing markets. Kenneally is host and 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 also reported for WBUR-FM (Boston), National Public Radio, and WGBH-TV (PBS-Boston). He is author of “Massachusetts 101” (Applewood Books), a history of the state “from Redcoats to Red Sox” (www.mass101.com)

Eleanor Lackman

Lackman EleanorEleanor M. Lackman is a Partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, co-chair of the New York chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, and co-producer of Copyright and Technology NYC 2016.  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

Larson_Todd_18417Todd Larson is an IP/Media partner in the Litigation Department of 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 teams representing Pandora, and before that Sirius XM, in proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to set sound recording performance rates for those companies. Before that, he helped background music service DMX secure the first ever “adjustable fee blanket license” from both ASCAP and BMI in consecutive SDNY “rate court” trials. In addition to his role in such pathbreaking litigation, Mr. Larson also regularly counsels clients – including digital music services, social media providers, 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. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Larson was recognized as a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers.

Mr. Larson has worked on matters for Pandora, Facebook, the Association of American Publishers, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Clear Channel Communications, CBS Radio, Discovery Communications, DMX, Inc., MSG Networks, NBC, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and the Television Music License Committee, among others.

David Leibowitz

Leibowitz headshotDavid E. Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH POTOMAC where he helps guide entertainment, media and technology companies in providing 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, CE and IT industries.

Among other activities, David is a Senior Advisor to Gibson Brands (parent company of such iconic brands as Gibson Guitar, Onkyo, Philips Home Entertainment, TEAC and Pioneer); Co-founder and Chairman of Sir Groovy (an award-winning solution for creating enhanced search metadata for musical recordings); and Co-Chairman of Golden Shores Enterprises (whose mobile centric digital marketing and content monetization platform delivers digital advertising and lifestyle content across multiple digital platforms).

Earlier in his career, David co-founded and served as Chairman and Co-CEO of Verance (the worldwide leader in premium watermarking technology and solutions whose industry standard Cinavia® solution is licensed by over 100 CE, software and semiconductor companies worldwide and is incorporated in over 200 million consumer devices); 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).

Larry Miller

Larry MillerLarry Miller is founder and host of Musonomics, a professor of Music Business at NYU-Steinhardt Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions where he is Director of the Music Business Program, and co-producer of Copyright and Technology NYC 2016.  He teaches undergrad and graduate students in the business structure of the music industry, entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and music analytics. He is a serial music and technology entrepreneur and advises music, media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructurings. Previously, Larry was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice. He later served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet.

Larry founded and operated Or Music, a Grammy Award winning independent record label and music publisher where he signed, recorded and published multi-platinum artists Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu; he was Vice President of Market Development at AT&T Labs Research where he cofounded a2b music. He began his career as a broadcaster at Tribune, NBC Radio Entertainment and WHTZ/Z100 New York, regarded as the most successful startup in U.S. radio history as the station went from “worst to first” within 72 days of signing-on in the country’s most competitive radio market.

Larry has commented on CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America and NPR; in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Business Week, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Billboard.  Larry received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1994.

Hillel Parness

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Hillel I. Parness is the Founder of Parness Law Firm, PLLC.  He is a highly-experienced commercial litigator and trial attorney, with a particular focus on copyright, trademark and technology-related issues. Over the course of his 20-year career, Hillel has represented a broad spectrum of domestic and international companies and individuals in a variety of industries. His clients have included large entertainment and media companies, rapid-growth and technology-leveraged enterprises, and major financial institutions. In particular, Hillel has substantial experience assisting clients with issues arising from the intersection of emerging technology, media and the Internet, as well as matters arising from the complex business activities of both traditional and Internet-based businesses.  In 2014, Hillel served in the temporary role of Acting Head of Litigation for Warner Music Group.

Hillel also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Columbia Law School, where he has been teaching Internet and intellectual property topics since 2002. He is frequently called upon for his views on issues relating to complex litigation, intellectual property and the Internet, and he is a regular writer, speaker and commentator on these issues.

Hillel received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and A.B. from Columbia College, Columbia University in 1995.

Michael Potenza

CSUSA_Michael_Potenza_PicMichael R. Potenza is Vice President and Intellectual Property Counsel for NBA Properties, Inc. where his responsibilities include global digital intellectual property enforcement for the NBA, the WNBA, the NBA Development League and all of their constituent member teams.

Prior to joining NBA Properties, Mr. Potenza was Counsel in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, where, among other matters, he represented several major broadcast networks in American Broadcasting Cos., et al. v. Aereo, Inc. 

Mr. Potenza, who has authored or co-authored numerous articles on intellectual property law in the digital context, earned his law degree from Harvard Law School ‘95, magna cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from Yale University ‘90, magna cum laude, in history.  Mr. Potenza served as a law clerk for the Hon. William G. Bassler, U.S.D.J., D.N.J., from 1995 to 1997 and, from 1998 to 1999, for Third Circuit Judge (now Associate Justice) Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Erin Ranahan

Ranahan_Erin_LA_WebErin Ranahan is a partner in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, where she focuses on copyright, new media, entertainment, trademark, right of publicity and false advertising litigation. Ms. Ranahan has litigated complex commercial disputes in the entertainment industry, including disputes involving distribution companies, movie producers, and individuals. She has litigated high-profile intellectual property matters concerning copyright infringement and the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) on behalf of clients including Marvel, Veoh, Myxer, and FC2, Inc.

Ms. Ranahan was on the team that represented Veoh in the landmark battle, UMG Recordings v. Shelter Capital Partners, LLC et al. that helped to define the contours of DMCA safe harbor.  Universal Music Group (“UMG”) alleged copyright infringement for Veoh’s permitting users to share user-generated videos containing musical performances. The District Court held that Veoh’s conduct fell within the section 512(c) safe harbor of the DMCA and rejected UMG’s contentions that Veoh’s copying, processing and offering access to uploaded video content disqualified Veoh from safe harbor immunity. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the decision in March 2013.

From 2009-2011, Ms. Ranahan served on the team that defeated a summary judgment motion preserving Myxer’s DMCA safe harbor defense. Myxer, a ringtone company and leader in ad-supported mobile entertainment, was faced with a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by several of the world’s largest record companies. The District Court held that Myxer had established genuine issues as to whether Myxer’s policies to prevent copyright infringement qualified for safe harbor protection.

Richard Reimer

Richard Reimer Photo (9-13-12)Richard Reimer is Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).  Mr. Reimer joined the Society’s Office of General Counsel as a staff attorney in 1971, and has served as Senior Attorney, Assistant General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Director of Legal Affairs and Managing Attorney, and Vice-President, Legal Services. He assumed his current position of Senior Vice President in 2004 and is responsible for all aspects of litigation involving ASCAP.

He has had a major role in ASCAP’s antitrust litigation and fee determination proceedings, federal and state lobbying activities, the conduct of infringement litigation on behalf of ASCAP’s members, and grievance proceedings brought before the ASCAP Board of Review. Mr. Reimer advises ASCAP’s members, its licensing staff, and others on a wide range of issues involving performing rights. He has also argued appeals of ASCAP’s infringement cases in the federal circuit courts, lectured at law schools, and participated in government, bar association and CLE Intellectual Property seminars throughout the United States. Mr. Reimer is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and a member of the Institute of Judicial Administration in New York and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Stuart Rosen

Stu RosenStuart Rosen is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of BMI, overseeing global operations of the Legal Department, directing the organization’s legal affairs, as well as all attorneys working within the company.

Rosen joined BMI in 1996 as an Associate Attorney. He was promoted to Senior Attorney in 1999, Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs in 2002, and Vice President of Legal in 2007. From 2004 through 2011, he also served the Board of Directors and the company in the capacity of corporate secretary.

Prior to BMI, Rosen was in private practice at Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Bill Rosenblatt

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Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm.  He is program chair and co-producer of Copyright and Technology NYC 2016.  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 copyright technologies, content management and distribution, and content business models. He advises technology vendors on market strategy, business development, product management, and IP monetization.  He has helped design a global standard intellectual property identifier as well as digital rights management schemes for music and e-books.

Bill has served as an expert witness in several litigations related to copyright, digital content and security technologies, in federal court and before the Copyright Royalty Board and the PTO.  He has testified before and advised public policy entities on digital copyright and technology issues in the United States, European Union, and South Korea.

Before founding GiantSteps in 2000, Bill held technology management positions in the publishing industry as well as digital media market strategy and consulting roles in the computer industry, and he was the CTO of an e-learning startup at Columbia University. He began his career as a software engineer in data communications at Motorola.

Bill is author of the book Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology (Wiley, 2001), technical books published by O’Reilly & Associates, and several whitepapers, book chapters and journal articles on technologies related to digital media and copyright. He has spoken at conferences on five continents and has guest lectured on digital copyright at various universities and law schools.

Bill has a B.S.E. degree from Princeton and an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts, both in computer science.  He is a trustee of WPRB-FM, the student-run commercial radio station at Princeton.  He is a media and entertainment columnist for Forbes and edits the Copyright and Technology blog.  He is a member of the Book Industry Study Group and the Copyright Society of the USA.

Rajan Samtani

Raj SamtaniRajan “Raj” Samtani is the Founder and Vice President of Business Development for Tengence LLC, a boutique advisory firm focused on Content Protection and Content ID technologies. Raj also provides independent strategy and business development consulting as a Senior Advisor to MarkAny, Inc. of Korea.

Before Tengence, Raj was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Peer Media Technologies, Inc. a leading antipiracy services firm. Prior to joining Peer Media, he was a senior Business Development Consultant at Huawei, a leading Chinese Telecommunications Technology company.  Prior to that, Raj was Senior Director, Business Development at Digimarc Corp., where he was responsible for intellectual property licensing, market development and building strategic partnerships for Watermarking in the audio/visual industries. Before Digimarc, Raj was at ContentGuard orchestrating the adoption of DRM and rights language technologies and standards for content owners, operators and device manufacturers.  Prior to that, he led sales, marketing and business development at REAL Software Systems, the leading application software vendor dealing with business rights and royalties in the copyright industries including entertainment, media, publishing and software.

Raj has more than 16 years of senior business development, IP Licensing and strategic technology experience in DRM, CAS, security and digital content identification and holds several patents in DRM and Digital Watermarking.  In addition, Raj has been a frequent featured speaker, panelist and moderator at several industry events such as Digital Hollywood, ICOTEC, Copyright & Technology, Jupiter Digital Rights Strategies, Jupiter PlugIn, IMS Research, Building Blocks, Cyberposium at HBS and Music 2.0 among others.

Brianna Schofield

Brianna_Bio_full_lowresBrianna L. Schofield is a Teaching Fellow in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley, School of Law. Her teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of law and technology, particularly as it relates to intellectual property regimes, free speech, and access to knowledge. Schofield has conducted extensive empirical research analyzing how notice and takedown procedures operate in practice.  She is the co-author of a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the 1909 and 1976 Copyright Act, a guide that helps authors keep their books available to be read, and a guide to understanding open access.

Before joining Berkeley Law, Schofield was a Special Deputy Attorney General in the Executive Office of the California Attorney General where she worked on investigative, legislative, and negotiated solutions to advance consumer privacy.  She holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a J.D., from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Matt Schruers

Matt Schruers CCIAMatt Schruers is Vice President for Law & Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents Internet and technology companies on matters involving intellectual property, competition, trade, and Internet law.  He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, the Georgetown Graduate School Program on Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT), and the American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches courses on intellectual property and Internet law.

Michael Simon

Michael Simon_2012Michael S. Simon is the President and CEO of Rumblefish and the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a premier American music rights management organization.  Previously, Simon was HFA’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer.

Since joining HFA in 2001, Simon has focused his efforts on creating new opportunities for the company and the over 48,000 publishers it represents while also improving HFA’s traditional mechanical licensing business.  He has led the company’s expansion beyond its traditional mechanical licensing business and created its Slingshot rights management service, which provides customized, outsourced solutions for music distributors.  His team has developed groundbreaking licensing arrangements for online music and music video services, ringtones, Express Live recordings, lyrics, guitar tablature, background music, digital jukeboxes, and other new media opportunities.

Before joining HFA, Simon was the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Razorfish, Inc. where he guided the company’s impressive growth from a small private company of 18 people to a public company of over 2,000 employees in five years. Prior to Razorfish, he founded Simon Ventures, an artist management and consulting company, whose roster included such major label acts as the Honeydogs and the Gigolo Aunts.  Before that, Simon was Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Polygram Records. He also served as an associate in the entertainment and intellectual property law practice of Levine Thall Plotkin & Menin and the corporate, litigation and entertainment practice of Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman.

Simon received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, and he graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College.

Howie Singer

Howie SingerHowie Singer is Senior VP and Chief Strategic Technologist at the Warner Music Group (WMG).  He is a leading expert on the implications of technology for the music industry.  He is responsible for analyzing new business models and services from a technology perspective that could enhance or threaten WMG’s businesses.

He played a leading role in the transition from physical products to the digital delivery of music.  In the 90s, he co-founded a2b music; a pioneering digital music distribution service based on audio and security technologies developed at AT&T Labs.

He began his career at Bell Labs applying Operations Research to inventory control, factory automation, and employee scheduling.  Over his 20 year career at AT&T he managed technology teams developing retail management and employee scheduling software, speakerphones, cellular phones, and videophones and is listed as an inventor on over 20 patents.

Howie received PhD (’79) and MS (’77) degrees in Operations Research from Cornell University and a BS degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook.

Pulin Thakkar

Pulin ThakkarPulin Thakkar is the CEO of Marketly.  Pulin founded Marketly after working over 10 years as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, where he developed a range of technologies, built large-scale server infrastructures, designed intuitive user experiences, and was a recognized inventor on more than a dozen patents.

Upon observing the rapidly emerging threat of piracy and counterfeiting via the Internet, and the lack of effective solutions in the marketplace, he set out to leverage his expertise to address the problem. From the outset, his vision has been to build a different kind of Brand Protection Company, one that uses online monitoring and enforcement designed to maximize business impact. Today, that vision is being realized, with the world’s top brands in both digital and physical product categories achieving substantial results using Marketly’s solutions.

Pulin earned an MBA in Technology Management from University of Washington and an MS degree in Computer Science from USC, in Los Angeles, CA.

Chris Wagner

C_Wagner_HeadshotChris Wagner is EVP and co-founder of NeuLion.  Chris has been a driving force in the technology industry for over 20 years and has worked closely with executives from many major corporations and entrepreneurs who have relied on technology to support the growth of their businesses.  His current position at NeuLion targets the revolution currently underway as the television and internet video industries converge.

Chris has held numerous executive positions in the technology sector. Over the last seven years the growth of internet television on computers, tablets, mobile, and internet connected devices, has given Chris an opportunity to work closely with the largest brands in the sports and entertainment industry; the NFL, NHL, UFC, NBA, Rainbow Media and many others.

He has also worked with several private equity and venture capital firms as their Chief Executive Officer, which includes Metiom, MetaMatrix, Exchange Applications and Digital Harbor. Chris has been on the Board of Directors of all of these companies.

Nathan West

Nate West HeadshotNathan West is the Director of Business Intelligence for Anti-piracy for MarkMonitor.  He has been using data to tell stories for over 8 years.  Nathan has prior experience in the banking and workforce analytics sectors where he helped trend out loan portfolios for multinational banks during the global housing crisis and provided large employers with findings about their workforces.  Now at MarkMonitor, he focuses on finding actionable insights for clients into where and how content is pirated and what motivations might be keeping consumers from finding legitimate channels for media consumption.


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