Copyright and Technology Conference in New York City

Copyright and Technology Conference 2017 Being Held in New York City

The eighth annual Copyright and Technology NYC 2017 conference will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at New York University’s Kimmel Center. Presented by the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA) in conjunction with GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, the event is a forum where technologists, attorneys, media industry executives and public policy decision-makers gather to discuss hot issues at the intersection of copyright and technology.

This year’s topics include blockchain technology, music royalty processing, digital rights management, the fate of Section 1201 and copyright issues for virtual reality—the agenda is below. The morning will be headlined by keynote presentations from Michael Smith and Rahul Telang of Carnegie-Mellon University, authors of the book Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment, who will discuss big data analytics and its disruptive effects on the entertainment industries; and from Imke Reimers of Northeastern University, who will present research on the effects of online piracy on book publishing revenues.

Tickets are available for $399 for CSUSA members, $499 for non-members and $249 for CSUSA student members, and can be purchased here.

Copyright & Technology NYC 2017
Morning Plenary Session

9:00 – 9:30 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 am - Opening Remarks
Bill Rosenblatt, President, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies and Program Chair
• Theo Cheng, Partner, Fox Horan & Camerini; co-chair, New York Chapter, Copyright Society of the USA
• Robert Potter, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend; co-chair, New York Chapter, Copyright Society of the USA

9:45 – 10:45 am - Keynote Address: A Perfect Storm: Technological Change and Market Power in the Entertainment Industries
• Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, Carnegie-Mellon University; authors of Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment

11:00 am – 12:00 pm - Research Presentation: Can Technological Copyright Protection be Effective?  Evidence from Book Publishing
• Imke Reimers, Northeastern University

12:00 – 1:15 pm - Lunch

Afternoon Technology Track

1:15 – 2:15 pm - Never Break the Blockchain: Blockchain Technology for the Music Industry
• Moderator: Bill Rosenblatt, President, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies
• Chris Tse, Technical Lead, Dot Blockchain Music Project
• Jesse Grushack, Co-founder & Product Lead, Ujo Music
• Danny Anders, Founder, Cleartracks
• Jim King, CEO, Core Rights
• Lance Koonce, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

2:30 – 3:30 pm - Money Changes Everything: Accountability and Transparency in Music Royalty Processing
• Moderator: Larry Miller, Principal, Musonomics LLC; Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt
• Dan Harple, CEO, Context Labs; Co-Founder, Open Music Initiative
• Chris Harrison, VP Music Business Affairs, Sirius XM
• Randy Grimmett, CEO, Global Music Rights
• Colin Rushing, SVP and General Counsel, SoundExchange

3:30 – 4:00 pm - Networking Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm - Locks and Books: Whither Digital Rights Management in Book Publishing?
• Moderator: Richard Nash, CEO, Cursor
• Bill Trippe, Director of IT, MIT Press
• Spiros Rally, Sony DADC
• James English, New York Public Library
• Devereux Chatillon, Partner, Chatillon Weiss

Afternoon Law & Policy Track

1:15 – 2:15 pm - Virtually Copyrightable: How Does Copyright Affect Virtual and Augmented Reality?
• Moderator: Katherine Spelman, Shareholder, Lane Powell
• Kenneth Swezey, Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard
• George Howard, Co-Founder, Music Audience Exchange

2:30 – 3:30 pm - Circumventing the Future: The Fate of Section 1201
• Moderator: Robert Levine, author, Free Ride
• Eleanor Lackman, Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard
• Raza Panjwani, Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge
• Allan Adler, General Counsel & VP Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers
• Jason Schultz, Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Technology Law & Policy Clinic, NYU Law School

3:30 – 4:00 pm - Networking Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm - License Agreements: Art or Science?
• Ed Klaris, Founder, Klaris IP
• Glenn Pudelka, Counsel, Locke Lord

For more information, visit copyrightandtechconf.com.