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Challenges and Opportunities for Europe’s Digital Single Market
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When: October 24, 2018
8:30 am to 10:30 am
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Suffolk University Law School - Faculty Dining Room, 4th Floor
120 Tremont St
Boston, Massachusetts  02108
United States
Contact: Amanda Schreyer

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The idea behind the Digital Single Market, launched in May 2015, was to tear down regulatory walls and move from 28 national digital markets to a single one.  It was predicted that this consolidation would contribute to over 400B euros per year to the EU economy and create new jobs.  Improving access to digital goods and services, creating an environment where digital networks and services can prosper and signaling that digital media is a driver for growth and the three key motivators behind the DSM policy.  

Since May 2015, the European Commission’s Digital Signal Market Strategy and sought to harmonize the various copyright frameworks and balance the interests of the copyright holder with the interests of ensuring creativity not be stifled.  Yet, as of July 2018, the DSM proposal still remains controversial with the heat of the controversy focused on Article 11, known as the Link Tax, Article 13 that deals with uploading material and Text and Data Mining Exception.  In September, the European Commission will review and vote again after hearing the findings of various committees further studying the DSM challenges.
Please join us for breakfast and a thoughtful panel discussion covering the DSM’s roll out, and including discussion regarding how U.S. copyright holders should prepare and more.


 Leah Chan Grinvald (Moderator) 
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law focused on trademark, copyright and international intellectual property 

Professor Grinvald received her B.A. in East Asian Studies, summa cum laude, from The George Washington University. She later obtained a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where she served as the Articles and Notes Editor for the Journal of International Law & Politics.Following law school, Professor Grinvald served as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr. in the Indiana State Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law, Professor Grinvald was an assistant professor of law at Saint Louis University School of Law. Professor Grinvald teaches courses in Trademarks, Copyright, and International Intellectual Property. Her research focuses on domestic and international enforcement of intellectual property laws. Prior to entering academia, Professor Grinvald served as global corporate counsel at Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. She advised on a variety of legal issues including trademark, copyright, contract and employment law arising within TaylorMade and its affiliated entities located outside of the United States. Before TaylorMade, Professor Grinvald was a corporate associate with Latham & Watkins LLP and Clifford Chance US LLP.

George Howard
Music Business and Management, Berklee College of Music 

George Howard is an associate professor of music business/management at Berklee College of Music. He is the founder of GHS, a strategic consulting firm that advises a wide range of clients on how to integrate technology with strategy in order to increase brand awareness and revenue through innovation, social media, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships. A partial list of clients includes: Intel, National Public Radio, CVS Pharmacy, Alticor/Amway, Brown University, Paste Magazine, SpokenLayer, SingFit, The Landmark School, BigchainDB, Wolfgang’s Vault, and the Townsend Group. Additionally, Howard is the cofounder of Music Audience Exchange, which comprises a team of digital marketers, engineers, and music lovers, using technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. He is the former president of Rykodisc, the world’s largest independent record label, and cofounder of TuneCore, the world’s largest independent digital music distributor. Howard is a sought-after expert witness who has drafted reports for and testified in many high-profile cases. He also is a columnist for Forbes, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and many other publications.



Mark Seeley
Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Elsevier and Principal of SciPubLaw 






Maria Strong
Deputy Director of Policy and International Affairs, United States Copyright Office 

Maria Strong is the deputy director of policy and international affairs for the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective January 12, 2015.Strong assists the Associate Register of Copyrights and director of policy and international affairs on issues involving domestic and international copyright law and policy, trade negotiations, and legislation. She represents the Copyright Office at meetings of foreign government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection, serves on interagency committees, and provides regular support to Congress and its committees. 
Upon joining the Copyright Office in 2010, Strong served as senior counsel for policy and international affairs and also served as acting general counsel from April to July 2013. Before joining the Office, she served for 19 years in private law practice in Washington, DC, where she represented clients in the media, technology, and entertainment sectors and provided analyses and advocacy on global and domestic issues involving copyright law, enforcement, trade policy, and e-commerce. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Federal Communications Commission.
Strong earned her JD from George Washington University Law School, her MA from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, and her BA from UCLA.


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