Senior Copyright Counsel
William Patry is Senior Copyright Counsel at Google Inc. He previously served as copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, a Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights, a law professor, and in the private practice of law. He is the most prolific scholar of copyright in history, including being the author of an eight-volume treatise and a separate treatise on the fair use doctrine.
NBC Universal Television
Ben Sheffner is Senior Counsel at NBC Universal Television Group. A former journalist, Ben has worked as Senior Counsel, Content Protection Litigation at Twentieth Century Fox, and as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. From July-November 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain's presidential campaign where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign's copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. From 2006-2008, Ben served as Co-Chair of the Media Law Resource Center's California Chapter. Ben also served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000-2001. He blogs at http://copyrightsandcampaigns.blogspot.com/.
Prior to attending law school, Ben worked as a political reporter in Washington, DC at Roll Call newspaper, where he covered congressional elections, the term limits movement, campaign finance reform, and various other issues related to Congress' internal politics and administration. Before that, he was Assistant Editor of the Cook Political Report, where he covered campaigns for the House of Representatives and served as a consultant to CBS News during the 1994 election cycle, helping prepare producers and correspondents for the election night broadcast.
Ben received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2000. Ben was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Newport Beach, California.
Fred von Lohmann
Senior Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Fred von Lohmann is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property matters. In that role, he has represented programmers, technology innovators, and individuals in a variety of copyright and trademark litigation, including MGM v. Grokster, decided by the Supreme Court in 2005. He is also involved in EFF's efforts to educate policy-makers regarding the proper balance between intellectual property protection and the public interest in fair use, free expression, and innovation. Before joining EFF, Fred was a visiting researcher with the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and an associate with the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, ABC's Good Morning America, and Fox News O'Reilly Factor and has been widely quoted in a variety of national publications. Fred has an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Virginia Rutledge Copyright Attorney & Art Historian
Virginia Rutledge is an attorney with experience across many sectors of the media and content industries, in both commercial and nonprofit contexts. She began her legal career as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, representing major clients including Time Warner Inc. and Warner Music Group, as well as the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. From Cravath she joined the nonprofit Creative Commons as Vice President and General Counsel, serving as lead legal advisor and working on strategic development. Currently she is in private practice based in New York City, advising artists, authors, cultural organizations, collectors and dealers on intellectual property, transactions, and new enterprises. Also an art historian, Virginia was formerly an exhibition associate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and served as a contributing editor for Art Papers magazine. She speaks frequently on art and law, and has written for Art in America, Bookforum and Artforum. Virginia is a member of the New York State Bar, and chairs the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and an M. Phil. in Art History from the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center.
Pogo (Nick Bertke) Electronic Music Artist
Pogo is an emerging 21-year old electronic music artist in Perth, Western Australia. He is known for his work recording small sounds from single films or scenes, and sequencing them to form new pieces of music. Often described as 'Dream Pop', and 'Trip House', Pogo's music and videos have attracted a large and devoted following that continues to grow every day.
His most notable track, Alice, a composition of sounds from the Disney film 'Alice In Wonderland', has received more than 4 million views on YouTube. Pogo has since produced tracks using a number of other well-known films, including 'Mary Poppins', 'Harry Potter', 'The Sword In The Stone', 'Hook' and 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'.
Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Jeremy Williams is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Warner Bros. As head of the company's Intellectual Property Department, he works regularly on copyright, trademark and related intellectual property matters, including those involving legislation, litigation and production clearances. He has taught copyright and entertainment law at Franklin Pierce Law Center and at the University of Southern California Law School.
David Hoffman Documentary Filmmaker
David Hoffman is one of America's premier documentary filmmakers. For more than 35 years, he has roamed the world finding and recording unusual and provocative stories. His 125 reality films have appeared on primetime PBS, Turner Broadcasting, The Discovery Channel, and Arts & Entertainment. He has produced specials for Nova, The American Experience, and National Geographic. His films have won every major national and international documentary award.
David is known for finding ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell. He is a consummate storyteller who uses re-enactments, original music, and never before seen vintage footage, to enhance the drama of his stories. Several of David's public television documentary specials were among the highest rated television programs of the year that they aired. His most recent film, Sputnik Mania, tells the story of the profound impact the Soviet Union's launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957 had on American society.
Jim Griffin is Managing Director of OneHouse LLC, dedicated to the future of music and entertainment delivery, and works as a consultant to absorb uncertainty about the digital delivery of art. Jim is also President of Choruss LLC, focused on actuarial monetization of media and experiments with colleges, and he is a senior advisor to the Warner Music Group.
In addition to serving as an agent for constructive change in media and technology, he is an author, serving as a columnist for magazines, and is on the boards of companies and associations. He started and ran for five years the technology department at Geffen Records. Prior to Geffen he was an International Representative for The Newspaper Guild in Washington, D.C.
While at Geffen, Jim led a team that in June of 1994 distributed the first full-length commercial song on-line, by Aerosmith. Geffen was the first entertainment company to install a web server, and Geffen World was one of the first corporate intranet sites. Geffen was named by Network World in 1996 as one of the world's top 25 technology companies,and one of only seven in the United States. Jim is co-founder of the Pho group. Named after a bowl of Vietnamese soup, Pho is an organization that meets for discussion-oriented meals in cities around the world, electronically linked by the Pho mailing list. Pho's many thousands of readers enjoy dialogue on the digital delivery of art and the new economy in music, movies, books and all media.
Jim testified in July 2000 before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its oversight hearing on file sharing and music licensing. He regularly moderates video and television shows on digital entertainment. He is often a keynote speaker or moderator at conferences and lectures annually at business schools (Harvard, USC, UCLA, Berkeley). He also serves as an expert witness in digital entertainment, and has presented many Continuing Legal Education courses.
In addition to work with music, his expertise includes wireless work in Europe, including at Nokia's Research Center in Helsinki, Finland, and with numerous companies in Finland and throughout Europe. He's moderated numerous panels on wireless and given speeches on wireless issues around the world, ranging from music conferences to parliament meetings in Europe. He is a regular speaker at entertainment industry events and corporate and association meetings.
"One of the sharpest minds in digital music." - CNN Money (Eric Hellweg, Thursday 23 January 2003)
"Entertainment Technology Visionary." - Los Angeles Times (Paul Karon, Monday 8 April 1996)
A partner in the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler, David Marburger has represented online media, major national television and radio networks, newspapers, book publishers, magazines, outdoor advertising companies and wire services. He is an authority on litigating legal issues arising from the content side of the communications industry, especially First Amendment, media law, commercial speech, Commerce Clause, libel and privacy, freedom of information, copyright and other intellectual property rights.
Every year since 1995, David has been named by his peers as one of the best First Amendment lawyers in the country in The Best Lawyers in America. The Society of Professional Journalists has recognized him with the "Best Defense of the First Amendment" award.
David has litigated more than 200 libel cases, challenged the constitutionality of more than 35 laws and court orders, defended against over two dozen prior restraints, sued for access more than 50 times to open the files and proceedings of state, local and federal government agencies and courts, and defended and pursued dozens of copyright claims.
In 2009, David, together with his brother Daniel, a economist at Arkansas State University, wrote a paper regarding the current state and future of the newspaper industry. Their analysis concluded that the redistribution of news on thousands of websites across the Internet is hurting newspapers financially and that the fault lies with the Copyright Act.
Lois Wasoff Copyright Law & Policy Attorney
Lois F. Wasoff has established a legal and consulting practice specializing in copyright and trademark matters, with a particular focus on issues related to publishing. She works with publishing companies, not-for-profit organizations, individuals with publishing and intellectual property related concerns, and law firms seeking expert support in a specialized area of practice. Her particular areas of expertise include copyright law and policy and contractual, legal and business issues related to the development and distribution of content in traditional and electronic media for the trade, educational and professional markets.
Lois served as a member of the Section 108 Study Group, which was formed by the Library of Congress to examine how the copyright exceptions and limitations applicable to libraries and archives may need to be amended in response to the widespread use of digital technology. She is a past Chairman of the Copyright Committee of the Association of American Publishers, a Trustee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the U.SA, and the former chair of the Copyright Society's New England Chapter. Her clients have included Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (known as "CrossRef"), a trade association of over 600 scholarly publishers from the United States and Europe that was formed to facilitate online research in scholarly literature.
Until March of 2002, when she left to begin her own practice, Lois was Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Houghton Mifflin Company. Prior to joining Houghton in 1990, she was Senior Counsel at Simon & Schuster. Formerly a litigation attorney at Cowan Liebowitz & Latman, a New York law firm specializing in copyright and trademark matters, she began her career in 1975 when she graduated from New York University School of Law and joined the litigation department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy.
David Shields Author
David Shields's most recent book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, published by Knopf in 2008, was a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of eight previous books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Utne Reader; he's written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
David's forthcoming book, Reality Hunger, will be published by Knopf in February 2010. It is an ars poetica for a burgeoning group of interrelated but unconnected artists who, living in an unbearably artificial world, are breaking ever larger chunks of "reality" into their work. The questions he explores-the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real-play out constantly around us, and Reality Hunger is a rigorous, radical reframing of how we might think about this "truthiness": about literary license, quotation, and appropriation in television, film, performance art, rap, and graffiti, in lyric essays, prose poems, and collage novels.
Drawing on myriad sources, Shields takes an audacious stance on issues that are being fought over now and will be fought over far into the future. Converts will see Reality Hunger as a call to arms; detractors will view it as an occasion to defend the status quo. It is certain to be one of the most controversial and talked about books of the season.
David has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. Since 1996 he has also been a member of the faculty in Warren Wilson College's low-residency MFA Program for Writers, in Asheville, North Carolina. His work has been translated into ten languages.
Bill Burger Conference Producer
Bill Burger is the producer of OnCopyright 2010. A consultant who focuses on brand, product and strategy innovation, Bill is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events. He focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing marketers, publishers and other content-driven companies in today's disruptive world.
Bill's first career was journalism. He spent 14 years as a senior editor, writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine, where he focused on business, economics and international affairs while working in New York, London and Tokyo.
In the mid-'90s Bill launched a second career in the information industry. Over the years he has helped several companies create new services for the consumer, education and business markets. Most recently, Bill was Vice President of Marketing at Copyright Clearance Center, where he was responsible for product management and strategy, strategic branding, and all marketing communications. He is the originator of the OnCopyright conference series.
Bill holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily. He is an active alumnus and has served on the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association. He lives in Andover, MA, with his wife and three children.
John F. Nickoll Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School
Jessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, is the author of Digital Copyright and the co-author, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Before rejoining the Michigan faculty in 2006, Professor Litman was professor of law at Wayne State University in Detroit, a visiting professor at NYU Law School and at American University Washington College of Law, as well as a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1984-90. Professor Litman is a past trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and a past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Intellectual Property. In addition to serving on the advisory board for the Public Knowledge organization, she is a member of the Intellectual Property and Internet Committee of the ACLU, the Advisory Council of the Future of Music Coalition, the advisory board of Cyberspace Law Abstracts, and the American Law Institute. She graduated from Reed College, earned an MFA at Southern Methodist University, and holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Barbara Bloom Visual Artist
American artist Barbara Bloom makes art that examines the nature of looking. Internationally known for her meticulously crafted installations that combine newly made and appropriated objects and pictures, Bloom challenges conventional perceptions about the meaning of art with wry commentary on the practice of collecting and the desire for possessions. Her work incorporates photography and graphic design, some of it appropriated, but she is particularly noted for her witty and elegant art installations, which often contain unique objects that she has collected or had made.
Barbara was born in Los Angeles in 1951; she studied at Bennington College, and with John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts. For many years she lived and worked in Amsterdam and Berlin. She has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the MAK, Vienna; the Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, New York; and other international venues, including the Venice Biennale (1988) and documenta X, Kassel, Germany (1997). She is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Professor of Journalism
New York University
Jay Rosen is a professor of journalism at New York University, where he has taught since 1986. He served as chair of the department from 1999 to 2005. Jay is the author of PressThink, a blog about journalism and its ordeals, which he introduced in 2003. Two year later, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. Jay also blogs at the Huffington Post, has a large following on Twitter and is a member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board.
As a press critic and reviewer, he has published in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. Online he has written for Salon.com, TomPaine.com and Poynter.org. In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which is about the rise of the civic journalism movement. Jay wrote and spoke frequently about civic journalism (also called public journalism) over a ten-year period, 1989-99. From 1993 to 1997 he was the director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation. In 1994 he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and in 1990-91 he held a fellowship at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University. Jay has a Ph.D. from NYU in media studies and lives in New York City.
Gordon Crovitz Co-founder, Press+
Gordon Crovitz is a media executive and advisor to media and technology companies. He is a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and former executive vice-president of Dow Jones, where he launched the company's Consumer Media Group. Under his decade-long leadership, the Wall Street Journal Online became the largest paid subscription news site on the web, with more than one million paying subscribers. He founded the online news service Factiva and is a member of the board of directors of the news and information provider ProQuest, both of which provide highly profitable revenues to news publishers.
He is an advisor to several technology-based media companies in California and New York and was named to the "Silicon Alley 100" for 2008. He writes the weekly "Information Age" column in The Wall Street Journal.
While at Dow Jones, he turned around the financial performance of The Wall Street Journal to become strongly profitable after earlier losing money, including strong growth in circulation revenue in print and on the web. He led the acquisition of publicly traded MarketWatch as well as specialist services Private Equity Analyst, VentureOne and VentureWire, London-based news franchise eFinancial News and Frankfurt-based newswire VWD. Earlier in his career at Dow Jones, he served as the corporate vice president for planning and strategy. He was editor and publisher of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong and founding editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels.
He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has law degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and Yale Law School. He and his wife, Minky Worden, live in New York with their two sons.
Dr. Srinandan Kasi Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Associated Press
Srinandan Kasi was named vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Associated Press in 2006. He has responsibility for AP's legal affairs globally, overseeing several strategic initiatives involving media law, intellectual property rights and corporate governance. Kasi joined AP in 2004 as vice president of Global Business and deputy general counsel.
Prior to joining AP, Kasi was with the law firm of Dewey Ballantine LLP. He has served as general counsel and head of strategic planning for an e-commerce company, and was an attorney with Rogers & Wells. Kasi has worked on a number of mergers and acquisitions, investment transactions, strategic alliances and joint ventures with a specialization in ventures involving advanced technology and digital business models. He was previously a scientist at IBM.
A graduate of the University of Madras, India, Kasi holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Houston, and a JD from Columbia University.
Gaby Darbyshire COO, Gawker Media
Gaby Darbyshire is the COO of Gawker Media, overseeing Finance, Legal, Operations and Business Development. Gawker Media is the publisher of nine online blog titles, including the popular and acclaimed Gawker, Gizmodo and Lifehacker. Gaby has been largely involved in the new media world since moving to San Francisco from London in 1999. In a short break from the web in 2003-4, she helped launch Oriel Wines, where she built out the global operations from inception to brand launch of a new global wine company, with wines from over 25 regions in 9 countries.
Previously, she was Director of Strategy at 4charity.com in San Francisco, a provider of custom technology services to the non-profit industry. Prior to 4charity, she did strategy and legal affairs for eGroups, a global consumer communications platform, acquired by Yahoo! in 2000 (now Yahoo!Groups).
Before decamping stateside, Gaby was a barrister in London, where she worked on environmental cases, and started and ran a non-profit supporting the appeals of death row inmates in the Commonwealth; she then did a stint for several years as a management consultant advising Fortune 500 clients in the high tech and financial services industries. She holds a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a law degree from City University, and is a member of the Bar of England and Wales.
Kasian Franks is a technologist and serial entrepreneur. Early in his career, after graduating with a degree in computer science from UC Berkeley, Franks worked as a software engineer and product developer, creating pattern-matching algorithms and tools for companies as diverse as Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Motorola, Tivo, mPower, and AstraZeneca. From 2002 - 2005, he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Life Sciences Division, as a genomic research scientist. There, too, his work focused on matching complex patterns.
In 2005, Franks founded SeeqPod, a search and discovery technology company that indexed links to songs, videos, Podcasts and other playable content on the Internet. At its peak, SeeqPod's 'Playable Search' website attracted 50 million unique visitors and generated 250 million searches a month. In 2008, Franks and his team won an R&D 100 award for biomimetic search engine technology. The service ultimately drew the attention of the record labels, however, and in 2008 and 2009, Warner Music, Elektra Records, Rhino Records, EMI and Capital Records all filed copyright suits against SeeqPod, or Franks personally. Last year SeeqPod filed for bankruptcy protection; currently it is in acquisition talks with companies interested in its technology. Since then the EMI and Capital records suits against him personally have been dismissed.
Today Franks is CEO of Mimvi, a company he founded in 2010. Mimvi uses specialized algorithms to automatically aggregate, re-rank, organize and personalize digital content on the Internet including mobile apps. Franks, who holds 5 patents in search and discovery, lives in Berkeley, California and is also a musician and surfer.
Ken Doctor Media Analyst
Ken Doctor, a leading news industry analyst, is the author of "Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get" (St. Martin's Press, Feb. 2). It's a handbook for the digital news decade to come. Newsonomics.com, with its new daily 5Spot feature tracking the trends, is a new site that has launched with the book's publication.
As news industry analyst for Outsell, a global research and advisory firm, and through his own Content Bridges company, he covers the transformation of the news media, as it moves from print and broadcast to digital, focusing on changing business models and the journalism created.
In his work as an analyst, consultant and speaker, he focuses on what's being lost and what's being gained and on how sustainable models of contemporary journalism can be built. He believes we are now entering the Digital News Decade.
A veteran of the digital news industry, he combines deep experience as an executive in news strategy, revenue models and journalism. His experience includes 21 years with Knight Ridder, as well as time spent in the worlds of magazines, alternative journalism and syndication.