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Please join the Copyright Society of the USA's New York Chapter for a conference produced in conjunction with GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies.

1/24/2017 to 2/1/2017
When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Where: New York University Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
Grand Hall
New York, New York  10012
United States

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Following a keynote address by Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, authors of Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment, participants can choose between a technology track and a law and policy track. The day will include plenty of opportunities to network over breakfast, lunch and breaks.

9:00-9:30 AM 

Registration and Breakfast

9:30-9:45 AM                

Opening Remarks

Bill Rosenblatt
President, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies

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



1:15-2:15 PM

Never Break the Blockchain: Blockchain Technology for the Music Industry

Moderator: Bill Rosenblatt, President, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies

Ken Umezaki, Co-founder, Dot Blackchain 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


1:15-2:15 PM

Virtually Copyright: 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

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

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


The Copyright Society of the USA is an CLE Approved Provider in New York and Pennsylvania. This conference will provide 3 NY and/or PA CLE credits.


CSUSA Member Early-bird $299, after 12/2 $399
Regular Registration Early-bird $399, after 12/2 $499
CSUSA Student Members Early-bird $149, after 12/2 $249

Early-Bird Deadline: November 23, 2016  Extended to December 2, 2016!

Final Registration Deadline: January 17, 2017


Refunds must be requested in writing by January 17, 2017. Refunds will not be issued after that point. Unfortunately, we will not be able to credit your registration payment toward a future event, but you may allow another person attend in your place.

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