Sandra Aistars is a Clinical Professor at George Mason University School of Law, leading the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program. She also serves as a Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright Research and Policy at the law school’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP). Aistars has nearly twenty years of advocacy experience on behalf of copyright and other intellectual property owners. Throughout her career she has served in positions that required mastery of intellectual property issues, federal policy process and development, and the ability to understand and manage the implications of intellectual property policies across a portfolio of businesses. In addition, Aistars has a wealth of experience working with policy makers in Washington and internationally. She has served on trade missions and been an industry advisor to the Department of Commerce on intellectual property implications for international trade negotiations; worked on legislative and regulatory matters worldwide; frequently testified before Congress and federal agencies regarding intellectual property matters; chaired cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts; and is regularly tapped by government agencies to lecture in U.S. government-sponsored study tours for visiting legislators, judges, prosecutors, and regulators. Immediately prior to joining Mason Law, Aistars was the Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance – a nonprofit, public interest organization that represents the interests of artists and creators across the creative spectrum. While at Mason, she continues to collaborate with the Copyright Alliance as a member of its Academic Advisory Board. Aistars has also previously served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. She began her legal career in private practice at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP.
Jack Bernard is Associate General Counsel for the University of Michigan has been with the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President and General Counsel since 1999. His primary areas of responsibility include intellectual property, academic freedom and speech, privacy, security, computing and cyberlaw, media rights, student rights, affiliation agreements, and disability law. During the eleven years prior to this work, Jack had been an academic administrator and/or instructor at Macalester College, Saga Daigaku (Japan), and the University of Michigan. He teaches at the University of Michigan’s Schools of Law, Education, and Information, as well as at the Ford School of Public Policy. He is currently Chair of the University of Michigan’s Council for Disability Concerns. In 2009, Jack received the American Library Association’s “L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award,” as well as the First Decade Award from the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He has also been a Spence Fellow and a researcher at the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. He received his J. D. from the University of Michigan Law School and Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Jack studied neuroscience at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Scott Billington is a record producer and Vice President of A&R at Rounder Records. With over 100 albums to his credit, including two Grammy winners and eleven Grammy nominees, Scott Billington is also known for his work in the music industry as a writer, graphic designer and musician. Among the artists he has produced are Charlie Rich, Irma Thomas, Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, Beau Jocque and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, while his writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Oxford American and other publications. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, the children’s musician Johnette Downing, with whom he performs regularly.
Terrica Carrington is a 3L at George Mason University School of Law, studying intellectual property law. She is particularly interested in the intersection of IP, media, and entertainment. She serves as the Programs and Research Associate at George Mason's Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, as well as Research Associate for IPWatchdog.com. Terrica was recently honored with the First Place award in the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association's 2015 legal writing competition. In 2012, she received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she double-majored in Philosophy and Communication.
Sofia Castillo is Staff Attorney at the Association of American Publishers and Co-Chair of the DC Chapter of the CSUSA. Previously, Sofia was a Legal Fellow at the Copyright Alliance. During law school, Sofia was a Law Clerk at the U.S. Copyright Office, a legal intern at the International Intellectual Property Institute and a Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. Sofia completed her B.A. in Anthropology and International Development at Trent University, Ontario, Canada, and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. After working for three years at the Center for Justice and International Law, a DC-based human rights NGO, Sofia pursued her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
Karyn Temple Claggett is the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs for the United States Copyright Office (USCO). She was appointed to the position in 2012. In her position, Temple Claggett assists the Register with critical policy functions of the USCO, including domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations. She directs the Office of Policy and International Affairs, which represents USCO at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection, and provides regular support to Congress and its committees on statutory amendments and construction. Prior to joining USCO, Temple Claggett served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, where she assisted with the formulation of Department of Justice policy on sensitive legal issues, and helped manage the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. She also spent several years in private practice as Vice President, Litigation and Legal Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America and at the law firm Williams & Connolly, LLP. She began her legal career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division through its Honors Program and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Pamela Davis-Noland is the founder of Keen-Amity Publishing and has 12+ years of experience as a published novelist, freelance writer, poet and playwright. She is the author of the novel “Coffee Colored Dreams,” and has written and produced four stage productions: Coffee-Colored Dreams: A Stage Play, The Unacquainted: A Gospel, and Badu-Izms: A Tribute Erykah, Santa’s Ho, Ho, Ho (A Christmas Tale) and co-wrote N.O. Soul, a nod to Douglas Turner Wards, “A Day of Absence”. Since February 2002, Davis-Noland has excelled in the field of publishing, producing, directing and marketing. Creative writing, story-telling, editing, script writing, dialogue, and poetry are included in her artistic expertise. She has facilitated writing workshops to encourage other writers on their respective literary journey. She has counseled many on how to express their vision and project their distinct identities, has provided quality entertainment in theater, and has proven that she is in position to make her mark in the world of Literature, Entertainment and Art.
F. Jay Dougherty is currently a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches Copyright Law, Entertainment Law and related courses and is Director of its Entertainment & Media Law Institute and Concentration Program. Prof. Dougherty has worked in the Entertainment Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, where his work included representation of Broadway composers and authors. He pursued his interest in the motion picture industry by moving to Los Angeles, working first in the Motion Picture/Television/Music Departments of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp and then the legal departments at United Artists Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and the business affairs department of Morgan Creek Productions. After a corporate takeover of MGM, Professor Dougherty moved to the legal department of Twentieth Century Fox, where he became Senior Vice-President, Motion Picture Production and Worldwide Acquisition Legal Affairs. Before joining the Loyola faculty, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, responsible for Turner Pictures. Prof. Dougherty received his B.A. from Yale (magna cum laude), and received his J.D. with honors from Columbia University School of Law. A frequent lecturer on copyright, the right of publicity, various legal and business aspects of the entertainment industries, and related topics, he was President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society in 1996-97, a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. from 1997-2000, and was Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Country Bar Association’s Entertainment Law & Intellectual Property Section in 2012-13. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and was Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. since 2008, and was also previously a member of the Editorial Board. The Beverly Hills Bar Association recognized Prof. Dougherty with its “Outstanding Entertainment Law Scholarship” award in 2002, and in 2014 the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel recognized him as “Public Service Lawyer of the Year,” for his work in developing the entertainment & media law program at the Law School. Prof. Dougherty’s publications include All the World’s Not a Stooge: The “Transformativeness” Test for Analyzing a First Amendment Defense to a Right of Publicity Claim Against Distribution of a Work of Art, 27 Colum. J. Law & Arts 1 (2003); Not a Spike Lee Joint? Issues in the Authorship of Motion Pictures Under U.S. Copyright Law, 49 UCLA L.Rev. 225 (2001), Recent Developments in Right of Publicity, 46 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 467 (1999); Foreword, Legal and Business Issues in the Digital Distribution of Music, 20 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.Rev. 207 (2000); Foreword, The Right of Publicity—Towards a Comparative and International Perspective, 18 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. J. 421 (1998); and a chapter entitled “The Many Means of Celebrity” for the 2005 Annual book published by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, IAEL 2005: Celebrity.
Deborah Evans, President of Della Music Publishing, LLC, began working in the music publishing business in 1998 for Beebe Bourne at Bourne Co. representing a prestigious catalogue of standards such as “Me and My Shadow,” “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “Unforgettable,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.” She later joined the staff of The Harry Fox Agency for several years, working in both the synchronization and the mechanical licensing departments. In 2002, she moved to Helene Blue Musique Ltd. as Director of Copyright and Licensing, managing all areas of copyright, licensing, and royalties for the company and promoting a distinguished and varied catalogue of the music of Charles Strouse (ANNIE and BYE BYE BIRDIE), Paul Winter, the Scorpions and UFO, and Lorin Maazel. In January 2007, Deborah took on the responsibilities of Director of Publishing for Stray Dog Music, managing a growing and diverse catalogue of indie-rock, alt-country, rock-a-billy, jazz, pop, and hip-hop. She is now an independent music publisher of her own, having started Della Music Publishing in August 2007, and represents both domestic and foreign catalogues. She is thrilled to be the administrative support behind talented songwriters, not only understanding the importance of placement of songs in film, TV, commercials, and new media, but also understanding the necessity of cultivating the songwriter and freeing the songwriter to spend time creatively. The majority of her time is spent as a music publisher, maintaining and promoting the catalogues of many rap and hip hop artists such as Reggie Noble (pka Redman) and Erick Sermon, the Keep On Kicking Music classic reggae catalogue, Sweet River Music, and professional artists and songwriters such as Randy Klein and Anya Singleton. She represents several overseas publishers such as Cee Dee Music from the UK and Editions Ozella from Germany. Deborah also does freelance administrative work for other independent music publishers, including The Clyde Otis Music Group, September Music, and Helene Blue. Additionally, she spends time doing clearance and licensing work on her own and in partnership with Deborah Mannis-Gardner and DMG Clearances, Inc. A musician herself, Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Harpsichord Performance from Montclair State University and also spent many years teaching piano and performing; however, she discovered a true home as a music publisher. She is a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA), and the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA).
Jason G. Everett is Chief Democratic Counsel for the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the House Committee on the Judiciary. Prior to that he served as Democratic Counsel for the House Committee on the Judiciary and served as Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC). He also worked as a Legislative Aide to United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Jason is a graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in History and minors in Political Science and Spanish and a graduate of William and Mary Law School.
Jordan Gimbel, a Chicago native, traveled west for law school in the late 90's after reading an INC magazine article regarding in-house internet lawyers grappling with thorny legal issues. Now, over a decade later, he has connected the dots joining Yahoo! in 2011 as the Legal Director of Copyright. Mr. Gimbel's duties include overseeing copyright implications in connection with Yahoo!'s services and products; advising on transactional matters; assisting public policy; handling copyright disputes; advising editorial teams; and setting a global copyright position for Yahoo!. He also manages the team responsible for processing intellectual property claims.Before joining Yahoo!, Mr. Gimbel worked in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices of Jones Day as a member of its intellectual property group focusing on litigation matters ranging from copyright (served as a member of the trial team in the Shepard Fairey v. APcase) to patent. He would also moonlight on the IP transactional team at Jones Day whether assisting the corporate team on a deal or negotiating a complex research and development agreement. He is a 2002 graduate of Pepperdine School of Law and he secured a Fulbright Scholarship (2002-03) to Sweden, where he was enrolled in two LLM programs at Stockholm University. Mr. Gimbel has served as president of the Board of the non-profit experimental art space Machine Project, located in Echo Park, from 2005 through 2010 and currently serves as an advisor to Scripted and Cruzin, Inc.
Terry Hart is Director of Legal Policy at the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing creators across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. He represents the Copyright Alliance in all copyright and related policy issues in a variety of forums. He has been published by sites such as SCOTUSBlog and IP Watchdog and has spoken publicly at events such as the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property’s annual fall conference, the Intellectual Property Owner’s annual meeting, and the Fordham IP Conference. Terry also writes Copyhype, a blog started in 2010 and devoted to analysis of copyright law, policy, and history. In 2011, the site was named by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law blogs in the U.S. and has been cited in legal publications and online news outlets. He has also provided legal research for Robert Levine's Free Ride: How digital parasites are destroying the culture business and how the culture business can fight back, published in 2011. Terry earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property and is admitted to the Pennsylvania and D.C. Bars.
Justin Hughes is the William Byrne Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches intellectual property and international trade courses. From 2002 until 2013, he taught at Cardozo Law School in New York. From 2009 until 2013, Professor Hughes also served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. In that capacity, he was chief negotiator for the US at the Diplomatic Conferences that completed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (2012) and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Printed Works for the Blind (2013). Educated at Oberlin and Harvard, Professor Hughes practiced international arbitration in Paris and, as a Henry Luce Scholar, clerked for the Lord President of the Supreme Court of Malaysia. From 2006-2009, he was Chairman of the Technicolor/Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage. At Cardozo, he founded the school’s Indie Film Clinic. Professor Hughes has also done democracy development work in Albania, Bosnia, El Salvador, Haiti, and Mali.
Ashlye M. Keaton practices entertainment and intellectual property law and advocates for arts and culture. Keaton is an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School and the University of New Orleans. Keaton is Co-Founder/Supervising Attorney for the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project (ELLA), providing pro bono legal services and an advocacy platform for artists, musicians and culture bearers with support from Tulane Law School, the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Tipitina’s Foundation and the Lambent Foundation. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Keaton expanded her advocacy work to reach culture bearers seeking relief through Sweet Home New Orleans with support from the Ford Foundation. Keaton co-founded the Crescent City Cultural Continuity Conservancy (C5). Among other boards, Keaton served as an officer for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy’s). Keaton was awarded the Monte M. Lemann Distinguished Teaching Award by Tulane Law School Class of 2015. Keaton was awarded OffBeat Magazine’s 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 Best Music Attorney; Gambit Weekly’s 2009 40 Under Forty; 2008 Governor’s Art Award/ELLA Project; and New Orleans CityBusiness 2007 Leadership in Law. Keaton is the head instructor/choreographer in ballet/tap for the New Orleans Children’s Ballet.
John Knapp serves as General Counsel at Solidoodle. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and has held previous positions at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Solidoodle was founded in September 2011 by industry veteran Sam Cervantes with the goal of putting a 3D Printer in every home in the world. The company is located in the heart of Silicon Alley in Brooklyn, NY. To date, Solidoodle has shipped over 10,000 3D printers to customers in 60 different countries.
Eleanor Lackman is a partner in the New York office of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Copyright, and Trademark Practices. Eleanor litigates and counsels on matters for individuals and companies in the media, entertainment, e-commerce, fashion, sports, technology, and consumer products industries. Eleanor’s litigation practice focuses on media and entertainment defense; copyright, trademark, and publicity rights enforcement; and litigation in matters at the intersection of copyright and trademark law and new technology. Her prior experience includes serving as lead counsel in 16 Casa Duse v. Merkin at all phases, including arguing the appeal before the Second Circuit. In addition to litigation, Eleanor’s copyright and trademark practice includes enforcement, global trademark clearance and prosecution, licensing, brand strategy, anti-counterfeiting, and trademark and domain proceedings before the TTAB and WIPO. She has been ranked repeatedly by Chambers USA and New York Super Lawyers as a leader in the copyright, trademark, and IP litigation fields. Eleanor presently serves as Co-Chair of the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and is a member of the Amicus Committee of the International Trademark Association and the Board of Advisors to the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy. Prior to joining CDAS in 2011, Eleanor was affiliated with Hogan Lovells, Arnold & Porter, and Loeb & Loeb. She received her J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law, and her A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Rollins College.
Professor Glynn S. Lunney Jr. is the McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law at Tulane University School of Law. He holds an engineering degree from Texas A&M, a law degree from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in economics from Tulane. Professor Lunney teaches and writes in the fields of contract, property, and intellectual property, with a focus on the economic analysis of legal issues. He has recently published a casebook, TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION (WEST 2010), and has also published articles in leading law reviews, including reviews at Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Emory, and Tulane. Glynn Lunney has a diverse background that includes expertise in intellectual property along with experience as an engineer and graduate degrees in economics. He specializes in patent, copyright and trademark law, unfair competition and contracts. After receiving a petroleum engineering undergraduate degree, he worked two years as a production engineer before attending law school. He clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then joined the Tulane Law faculty in 1991. Lunney earned master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Tulane University while teaching at the Law School. He has written extensively about intellectual property issues and received the Sumter Marks Award in 2000 and 2002 in recognition of research. He also was named C. J. Morrow Research Professor of Law for 2001-02.
Latisha Mais is a 3L law student at Tulane Law School. She is a member of the Tulane Moot Court Board and the Senior Business Research Director for the Durationator, a copyright duration system. She worked at Paramount Pictures in 2015, which further cultivated her interest in intellectual property in the content industry. She currently works at the Arts Council of New Orleans providing pro bono legal services for local artists and entrepreneurs. Additionally, she was recently awarded as an essay competition winner at the 35th Annual Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Conference. Latisha will graduate in May 2016 with a certificate in Sports Law.
Danny Marti currently serves as the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator within the Executive Office of the President. Mr. Marti was nominated by President Obama in August 2014, and Mr. Marti took office in March 2015 following unanimous (92-0) confirmation by the United States Senate. The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Coordinator is charged with developing the Administration’s intellectual property enforcement strategy and is the primary office responsible for coordinating the efforts of the U.S. Government criminal, national security, and economic agencies engaged in intellectual property policy and enforcement. Prior to joining the Administration, Mr. Marti was a Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he specialized in the protection, management and enforcement of intellectual property in the United States and abroad. Mr. Marti advised clients in connection with international trademark portfolio management, licensing, and other intellectual property-based transactions, and represented clients in a wide range of cases involving trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, copyrights, trade secrets, cybersquatting and computer fraud and abuse matters before various U.S. federal courts, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Within Kilpatrick Townsend, Mr. Marti held multiple leadership roles, including serving as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Asset Acquisitions & Transactions Group. Mr. Marti has served on several professional associations and charitable boards, including the International Trademark Association and the American Cancer Society’s National Capital Region Corporate Council. Mr. Marti received a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
Voice Monet – If hip-hop was a woman, she would sound like Voice Monet, a sultry storyteller with none of the testosterone and all of the attitude. Voice sorts through the complexities of relationships and hardships in her music using the same mother’s mettle which has powered an array of social-minded business and creative enterprises. She was teaching classes of New Orleans youth how to rap as an official Teaching Artist In Residence when Hope & Sorrow, the 2007 Decon/Atmospheriques release from celebrated French producer Wax Tailor, was certified silver. She has co-owned and operated Featherperm Records and a boutique media production company Go Head Media. She regularly books her own international tours, and has played at world-renowned venues like L’Olympia in Paris and 2013’s Montreal Jazz Festival. A Visual Arts graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and a Pratt Institute Media Arts alumni, in recent years her work in the producer/director/cinematographer’s seat has spurned several short docs about cultural and community empowerment within New Orleans with spotlights on positive role models, burgeoning artists, and organizations. But it’s her role as a single parent of two sons that has most profoundly molded her into the gracious, dedicated, comfortable, confident, ferociously independent artist and entrepreneur who continues to happily blaze trails off the beaten path.
Christopher M. Newman is an Associate Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law in Virginia. Professor Newman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999, where he served as book review editor for the Michigan Law Review and received Michigan's highest law school award, the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship. He also holds a B.A. in classical liberal arts awarded by St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. Following law school, Professor Newman was a clerk for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with whom he co-published What's So Fair About Fair Use?, 46 J. Copyright Soc'y 513 (1999). From 2000-2007, he was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he represented clients in disputes involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, corporate and securities litigation, and appellate matters, as well as pro bono family and criminal law matters. Professor Newman left practice at the beginning of 2007 to serve an Olin/Searle Fellowship in Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he focused on his research and writing in the areas of property theory and intellectual property, and from January 2008 until his arrival at Mason Law served as a research fellow of UCLA's Intellectual Property Project. In 2014 the American Law Institute named Professor Newman an Associate Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of Property.
Shira Perlmutter is the Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the USPTO. In that position, Ms. Perlmutter serves as a policy advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and oversees administration and support for all domestic and international IP policy-related operations; congressional and legislative engagement, as carried out by the Office of Governmental Affairs; education and training, as carried out under the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA); global IP leadership through administration of the IP Attaché Program; and economic analysis, as carried out by the Chief Economist. Before joining the USPTO, Ms. Perlmutter was Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Time Warner. Ms. Perlmutter previously worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva as a consultant on the copyright issues involved in electronic commerce. In 1995, she was appointed as the first Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office. She was the copyright consultant to the Clinton Administration's Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure in 1994-95. Ms. Perlmutter is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at Oxford University. From 1990-95, she was a law professor at The Catholic University of America, teaching Copyright Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and International Intellectual Property Law. Previously, she practiced law in New York City, specializing in copyright and trademark counseling and litigation. She is a co-author of a leading casebook on International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, and has published numerous articles on copyright issues. Ms. Perlmutter received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary Rasenberger is the Executive Director of the Authors Guild and Authors Guild Foundation. Founded in 1912 as the Authors League of America, the Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers, serving as the collective voice of American authors. Prior to joining the Guild in November 2014, Mary practiced law for over 25 years in roles that spanned private practice, the government and corporate sector, as a recognized expert in copyright and media law. From 2002 to 2008 Mary worked for the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress as senior policy advisor and program director for the National Digital Preservation Program. Immediately prior to coming to the Guild in late 2014, Mary was a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, and previously Counsel at Skadden Arps, where she counseled and litigated on behalf of publishing, media, entertainment, and internet companies, as well as authors (including the Authors Guild) and other creators, in all areas of copyright and related rights. Earlier in her career, Mary worked at other major New York law firms and for a major record company. Mary is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on copyright law and authors’ rights. She is Chair of the American Bar Association’s Copyright Division of the Intellectual Property Section; a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the USA; a founder of Copyright Awareness Week, and an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law, Copyright. Mary received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and her B.A. from Barnard College.
Victoria Sheckler is the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She helps develop strategy for industry-wide projects for the music industry, and serves as corporate and compliance counsel to the RIAA. Before joining the RIAA, Ms. Sheckler was a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP. Ms. Sheckler represented clients in several industries in licensing, commercializing, acquiring or divesting intellectual property and related assets, as well as counseling clients on privacy, data security, and general corporate matters. Ms. Sheckler graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, magna cum laude. Ms. Sheckler received her Bachelors of Science in electrical engineering from The George Washington University.
Ben Sheffner is Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, where he advises the MPAA and its member studios on copyright and other intellectual property matters. Ben has previously held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. In 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 IP issues. Ben received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and his A.B. in 1993 from Harvard College.
Ms. Tomi Suzuki is currently in her second year at Tulane Law School with a focus in Sports Law. She received her undergrad at New York University, with a focus in Hip-Hop Literature. In her free time she enjoys being a member of the Tulane Waterpolo Team.
John Tehranian is a founding partner of One LLP. In his practice, he has litigated numerous high-profile lawsuits, including copyright, trademark and right of publicity disputes involving Madonna, Don Henley, B.B. King, Bettie Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Perez Hilton, among others. Variety’s 2013 Legal Impact Report recognized John as one of the world’s top 50 entertainment lawyers and featured him, along with noted attorneys from O’Melveny & Myers, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Munger Tolles & Olson, Kirkland & Ellis, and Loeb & Loeb, in its list of the top litigators in the business. John has also been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer and has been named one of Orange County’s Top Five Intellectual Property Lawyers and Top Five Litigators by OC Metro. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, John began his legal career at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He is the author of dozens of articles and two books: Infringement Nation (Oxford University Press, 2011), which the Harvard Law Review has praised for its “insightful critique of the copyright regime” and “convincing case for . . . reform,” and Whitewashed (New York University Press, 2009), which Publisher’s Weekly has lauded as a “consistently informative” work that “covers fresh legal and social territory.” His work has appeared in such publications as the Yale Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Elizabeth Townsend-Gard is the Jill. H and Avram A. Glazer Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and the Co-Director of the Tulane Center for IP, Media & Culture. She specializes in copyright law and is co-inventor of the Durationator® Copyright Experiment, a software program that aims to determine the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. She also co-owns the Tulane spin-out company, Limited Times, which is commercializing the Durationator® software and services. Professor Townsend Gard is also co-director and co-founder of the Law/Culture/Innovation Initiative, housed at the Social Innovation Social Entrepreneurship Program, and is director of the Copyright Research Lab at Tulane Law School. She joined the Tulane faculty in 2007 after having taught at Seattle University School of Law and the London School of Economics. Since 2004, she has been a non-resident fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. She has been published in Vanderbilt Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Journal of Internet Law, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts and Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal. She has written a chapter for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies (Edward Elgar, 2012) and co-authored a piece with Ron Gard in Modernism and Copyright (Oxford University Press, 2010). Professor Townsend Gard received her BA, MA and PhD in modern European history from UCLA and her JD and LLM degrees from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law.
Benjamin L. Vanasse first became interested in copyright law when he was an undergraduate at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. There he majored in cultural musicology where he was particularly interested in hip-hop music. For his senior honors thesis, he wrote about the intersection of hip-hop and copyright law, focusing on issues arising from unlicensed samples. At Tulane Law School, he has continued to study intellectual property law, focusing especially on copyright law. He has spent this past school year also working on the Durationator project with Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard.
Danielle Van Lier is senior counsel, intellectual property and contracts at SAG-AFTRA. Van Lier began her position at the former Screen Actors Guild in 2000. She is responsible for managing SAG-AFTRA’s third-party contracts and intellectual property, as well as other efforts aimed at protecting the rights of SAG-AFTRA and its members. Van Lier has written several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of SAG-AFTRA and other parties in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court on issues such as rights of publicity, copyright and the California Talent Agencies Act. Van Lier is an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School and previously served as adjunct professor at Western State University, College of Law. Before joining Screen Actors Guild, Van Lier practiced law in Los Angeles. Prior to entering practice, she served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Van Lier is a board member of Association of Corporate Counsel’s Southern California chapter. Additionally, she helped found, and still serves on the board of, Saving Wildlife International, a nonprofit wildlife education company in Los Angeles. Van Lier earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she served on the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law and also pursued a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese Language, Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Van Lier has lived in Japan and is conversant in Japanese.
Daniel G. Van Slyke is a 3L at Texas A&M University School of Law. Daniel serves on the law review, has participated in moot court, and has worked as an intern at the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth and in the Office of the General Counsel of the Texas A&M University System. Daniel earned his B.A. from the University of Toronto, his M.A. from the University of Dallas, and his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. Daniel has had a successful academic career, publishing and teaching on the college level, and currently serves as dean of a fully-accredited degree-granting online learning program. Daniel will graduate in May of 2016 with a certificate in intellectual property.
Fred von Lohmann is the Legal Director for Copyright at Google. He has received many awards and honors in the field of copyright law, including the American Library Association's 2010 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award and recognition as one of 2010's "25 Most Influential People in IP" by both Billboard and The American Lawyer. Before joining Google, he was a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a research fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and an associate with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. Fred received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.
Dennis L. Wilson is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, and focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, technology, advertising and Internet law issues. He has represented some of the world’s largest media, entertainment and technology companies in complex litigation, counseling and enforcement. Mr. Wilson provides strategic counseling to businesses and celebrity clients on a wide range of intellectual property and privacy issues and has litigated infringement, false advertising, idea submission, rights of publicity and unfair business practices actions across the United States. He has developed and directs international protection programs for some of the world’s most recognized brands and media properties. In 2015, he was recognized as a Leading Intellectual Property Attorney in California by the Daily Journal. In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Wilson was selected as one of California’s Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators by the Daily Journal, and has also been selected as one of America’s Top Lawyers by Forbes Business, and been recognized repeatedly as a “Super Lawyer” by the New York Times and Los Angeles magazines. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Wilson was recognized by Legal 500 US in the area of Trademark Law. He was named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property Litigation in 2014 and 2015 by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Wilson is listed in the 2014 and 2015 editions of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals. He was named by Legal Media Group to its 2014 Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners. Mr. Wilson was also named one of the "Most Influential Lawyers" in 2014 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Nancy E. Wolff provides a unique legal service for multimedia companies of all sizes. Experienced in copyright, trademark and digital media law, Nancy offers full legal support to a wide range of traditional and digital media clients. Services include preparing all the necessary contracts and licensing agreements involved in the distribution or licensing of products and services in a multi-platform environment; offering branding, trademark and copyright protection strategy; reviewing content for potential legal issues; developing, negotiating and reviewing contracts or counseling clients on legal issues or business questions as they occur. Her achievements have earned her recognition as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property. Operating almost as an in-house lawyer, Nancy advises her clients on the registration and protection of intellectual property in the area of copyright and trademark, advises when releases are necessary under various publicity laws, and how to promote the client’s products and services without running afoul of the many advertising and privacy rules that are developing. She advises on creative ways to structure deals, make acquisitions or sell properties; as well as offering support to resolve any kind of legal dispute. While she explores the potential to resolve disputes amicably, with the aim to reach a fair settlement as efficiently as possible, if the enforcement or protection of her clients’ rights requires legal intervention, she is a strong and dedicated advocate for her client.