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2020 Officers and Trustees of the Copyright Society Elected

Thursday, June 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
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On Thursday, June 11, 2020, the Copyright Society members elected a new slate of Officers and Trustees at the annual Members' Meeting.  The Officers will serve during Naomi Jane Gray's presidential term (2020-2022) and the Trustees will remain on the board through 2023.  Congratulations to the new leadership slate!

We would like to deeply thank our outgoing trustees for their service to the Society–Joe Gratz (Durie Tangri), Maria Pallante (AAP), Allie Roach (Kilpatrick Townsend), Len Rubin (LRubinLaw), Andrea Rush (Blaney McMurtry), Ben Sheffner (MPA) and Kate Spelman (Microsoft).

The Copyright Society would not be the great organization that it is without the guidance and dedication of our board. 


Officers (2020-2022):

Naomi Jane Gray is President of the Copyright Society. She is Partner & Founder of Shades of Gray Law Group. For over twenty years, Ms. Gray has focused her practice on intellectual property (including copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) and commercial litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has managed complex cases in all phases of litigation, from prelitigation counseling through appellate review. Her extensive copyright experience includes representing a magazine publisher in a series of cutting-edge lawsuits at the intersection of traditional print media and emerging electronic technologies which ultimately established the publisher’s right to reproduce its flagship magazine in electronic format (see, e.g., Faulkner, et al. v. National Geographic Society, et al., 294 F. Supp. 2d 523 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); aff’d, 409 F.3d 26 (2d Cir. 2005)). Ms. Gray has advised clients with respect to diverse types of copyright and trademark issues, including fair use, work for hire, transfers, licenses and enforcement in transactional, counseling and litigation settings. Ms. Gray has served as an arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 was appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s list of the world’s leading technology neutrals. She authors the copyright and trademark blog Shades of Gray®. Ms. Gray is a frequent speaker on topical issues on the copyright area, having appeared at events hosted by the American Bar Association; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Copyright Society; the State Bar of California; the Practising Law Institute; the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ms. Gray has served in numerous leadership positions for the Copyright Society, including as a member of its Executive Committee, Trustee, National Chapters Co-Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair, Chair of the Northern California Chapter, and now as President (2020-2022). She also served on the Committee on Copyrights and Literary Property of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2000-2003. In her spare time, Naomi is an avid tennis player and photographer. She is fluent in French.


Casey Chisick is Vice President of the Copyright Society. He is a Partner at Cassels in Toronto and is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Sports & Entertainment practices. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Copyright). Having worked as a law professor, a jazz promoter and a musician—and even as artistic director of an internationally-renowned folk dance company—Casey offers his clients a combination of recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters and first-hand experience in the business of entertainment. His diverse practice spans a number of related areas, including intellectual property, entertainment law, communications, advertising and marketing, and fashion and apparel, with particular expertise in the collective administration of copyright. Casey provides transactional advice and litigation counsel to a host of diverse clients in the music, film, television, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, newspaper, visual arts, new media and fashion industries, as well as to a number of top Canadian universities and to general business clients with intellectual property needs. Mr. Chisick’s full bio is available at


Theo Cheng is Treasurer of the Copyright Society. He is an independent, full-time mediator and arbitrator, focusing on commercial, intellectual property, entertainment, technology, and labor/employment disputes. He is a member of Resolute Systems’ Employment and Commercial panels of arbitrators and mediators, the Commercial and Large, Complex Case mediation and arbitration rosters of the American Arbitration Association, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute, a FINRA arbitrator, and an arbitrator and mediator for several federal and state courts. He was also appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals. He has conducted over 500 arbitrations and mediations involving commercial and business disputes, breach of contract and negligence actions, trade secret theft, employment discrimination claims, wage-and-hour disputes, and intellectual property infringement contentions. The New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section presented Theo Cheng with the 2020 James B. Boskey ADR Practitioner of the Year Award, and The National Law Journal named him a 2017 ADR Champion. For over 20 years, Mr. Cheng was an IP and general commercial litigator with a focus on trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets, as well as entertainment, labor and employment, corporate investigations, securities, and bankruptcy. He has handled a broad array of business disputes in federal and state courts in industries as varied as high-tech, telecommunications, entertainment (music and motion pictures), consumer products, food and hospitality, retail, and financial services. Mr. Cheng serves as the Secretary and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and formerly co-chaired its New York Chapter. In 2007, he was named one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. More information is available at


Juli Saitz, CPA, is Assistant Treasurer of the Copyright Society. She is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Ground and is based in New York. She has over 20 years of experience in and financial and economic analysis to attorneys in litigation as a forensic accountant and an expert witness. Juli specializes in intellectual property matters and has significant experience with a focus on copyright and trademarks. Her copyright experience includes jewelry, photography and publishing. Prior to joining Ankura in 2015, Juli was a managing director at FTI Consulting. While at FTI, Juli developed and implemented a global royalty compliance program for a Fortune 100 company to monitor and protect its trademark and patent royalty streams. In post–merger scenarios, she assisted buyers, sellers, and neutral arbitrators in working through capital disputes. Juli joined KPMG in 2001 and worked on a wide variety of projects prior to its acquisition by FTI Consulting in 2003. Juli provided economic analysis for one of the country’s largest police unions in an important contract negotiation. She led a large team in connection with a widespread document retrieval exercise as part of a broad discovery request. In addition, Juli worked on a number of patent infringement cases in a variety of industries in support of nationally recognized experts. From 2000–2001, Juli worked in Silicon Valley as a senior general ledger accountant for the startup, In addition to her regular general ledger responsibilities, Juli developed the company’s revenue recognition policies and procedures and implemented a program for managing and depreciating the company’s fixed assets. was acquired by The Sabre Group. Juli began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the financial advisory services practice in New York in 1997. As an associate and senior consultant at PwC, she assisted on a variety of matters, including working as part of a court-appointed neutral accounting team in a highly-publicized divorce case, class action settlement administrations, large scale accounting investigations, and full-scope financial statement audits.


Chad Rutkowski is Secretary of the Copyright Society. He is a Partner at BakerHostetler LLP where his practice focuses on the intersection of copyright and technology. He assists clients in the midst of the “digital transformation,” helping them identify and capture the intellectual property (IP) in their valuable data, algorithms, and enterprise software. Clients rely on him to help identify their IP, to build internal processes for its management, navigate open source and other open innovation strategies, and to create licensing programs that enable full value realization. He further protects that value in disputes and litigation, whether through enforcing his clients’ IP rights or fending off attacks by competitors. Chad is the principal author of the firm’s Beyond Source Code web tool, which digests all court decisions addressing the scope of copyright protection in the non-literal elements of source code. Chad writes and presents regularly on the robust protections afforded by copyright law to software, data, artificial intelligence, and related innovations. He has helped his clients protect innovations in healthcare technology, water management, smart cities, population health management, and online consumer lending. Chad’s interest in how IP law has adapted to digital transformation began in his former role as a founder and business manager of a digital media publisher. Drawing from his professional and legal experiences, he co-leads the firm’s Technology & IP Transactions and Outsourcing practice team and contributes regularly to the firm’s IP blogs. Additionally, he is an active member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the ABA IP Law Section. Chad is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been voted by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and Rising Star.


Claire W. Desmond is Assistant Secretary of the Copyright Society. Claire is IP Counsel at Under Armour in Baltimore, Maryland. Her primary responsibilities include advising business units on trademark, copyright, and advertising campaigns relating to Under Armour’s footwear, apparel, and accessories. Claire develops global brand management and protection strategies, includingclearance, prosecution, and enforcement of trademarks. She negotiates licensing and marketing agreements and serves as the legal lead for Under Armour’s internal and external events. Previously, Claire was an Associate in Venable LLP’s IP Litigation Group, where she advised on high-profile matters across a variety of industries including consumer products, fashion and luxury goods, entertainment, and technology. Claire represented clients in federal and state court litigations and worked on anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Claire was also very involved in pro bono efforts including representing inmates on death row in Florida state prisons regarding specific solitary confinement issues. Prior to joining Venable, Claire served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. During undergrad, Claire was Captain of the Harvard Women's Basketball Team. Maryland.



Trustees (2020-2023):


David Jacoby is SVP of Business and Legal Affairs at Sony Music, where he is responsible for managing litigation and advising the Sony Music labels on a variety of intellectual property and contractual matters. He works very closely with Sony Music’s Global Digital Business group on music licensing transactions, and on content protection and anti-piracy issues. He oversees Sony Music’s strategy on issues involving the recapture of copyrights, and consults on royalty reporting and audit issues. Jacoby regularly engages with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on a number of industry-wide legislative and legal issues, and is responsible for working with SoundExchange with respect to the company’s involvement in various rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board. Prior to joining Sony Music in 2001, Jacoby was in private practice at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, and before that, Townley & Updike.

Stephanie Krause is Associate Counsel at Paramount Television Studios. She was the production attorney for several television shows currently on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV and Quibi. Prior to law school, Stephanie worked at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in Los Angeles, where she advised songwriter and publisher members. Stephanie is the co-chair of the LA Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA (2019-2021). She also actively volunteers as a pro-bono attorney with the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Project. Stephanie received her law degree from the USC Gould School of Law and her undergraduate degree from New York University.

Matthew Moore
is Chief Legal Officer and EVP of Business and Legal Affairs for The Influential Network, Inc., a social data and conversion technology company that harnesses AI and machine learning to provide its customers measurable ROI through influencer activations. Mr. Moore oversees the entire legal function at Influential and works with key members of the company in structuring and negotiating its strategic partnerships and agreements. Moore joined Influential from BuzzFeed, where he oversaw the company’s native advertising and media sales business as associate general counsel, and all legal aspects of the motion picture and digital video group as its senior counsel. Moore started his legal career as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm, focusing his practice on intellectual property and entertainment law before moving in-house. He has served as the Copyright Society’s National Chapter Coordinator, chair of the New York Chapter, and on the executive committee as Assistant Secretary.


Adam Rendle is a partner in the Copyright & Media group at Taylor Wessing LLP in London. He supports his clients with litigation and disputes, content licensing, advertising and sponsorship agreements, corporate transactions, editorial and advertising pre-publication advice and advertising regulatory complaints. His clients include publishers, music businesses, collecting societies, broadcasters, advertisers and digital media services. Adam provides specialist copyright expertise across the board, covering all copyright types and creative and tech sectors from the most cutting edge to the most traditional. Adam is active in the copyright and media communities. He is a member of the advisory board of The Copyright Society, the executive committee of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and the advisory board of First Draft News.


Eleni (Lena) Saltos is Associate General Counsel, Global Director of Intellectual Property at Urban Outfitters, Inc., parent company to retailers Urban Outfitters, the Anthropologie Group, Free People and the Vetri Family restaurants, where she is responsible for managing all intellectual property, internet and social media matters across all brands.  She is involved with a number of legal organizations, including the New York City Bar’s Art Law and Fashion Law Committees, as well as serving as co-chair of the Copyright Society’s New York Special Events Committee. Lena is also involved in a number of arts-related non-profits, including the International Studio and Curatorial Program, a Brooklyn-based international residency program; the American Friends of the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, a 501(c)(3) supporting an Athenian museum preserving the legacy of the jeweler Ilias Lalaounis; and Ensemble Signal, a contemporary classical music ensemble which performs the music of Steve Reich and other composers internationally.


Karyn A. Temple is Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for the Motion Picture Association. One of the world’s leading authorities on copyright, Ms. Temple will oversee all of the Association’s legal affairs and content protection efforts around the world. Prior to joining the Motion Picture Association, Ms. Temple served more than eight years in the U.S. Copyright Office, most recently as the Register of Copyrights, where she led the 400-person agency and its eight divisions representing law, policy, international affairs, financial operations, registration practice, public records, and outreach and education. In this role, she testified multiple times before both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and oversaw the Office’s policy and legal activities among others. Prior to leading the U.S. Copyright Office, Ms. Temple headed its Office of Policy and International Affairs, which includes a staff of attorneys focusing on domestic and international copyright law matters. Ms. Temple served on both U.S. delegations for the most recently adopted WIPO treaties (the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Public Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled). Ms. Temple also served in policy and litigation roles at the U.S. Department of Justice, most recently serving in the Obama Administration as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States. Ms. Temple also has extensive private-sector experience. She previously served as Vice President, Litigation and Legal Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) where she managed a wide variety of anti-piracy litigation matters on behalf of RIAA member companies. She also spent several years as a litigation associate at the prominent D.C.-based law firm Williams and Connolly LLP. Immediately after law school, Ms. Temple served as a law clerk for The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Temple has served in several prominent volunteer positions in the copyright community, including as an elected Trustee for the Copyright Society of the USA, co-chair of the International Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, steering committee member of the D.C. Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section, and Chair of the Copyright Committee of the D.C. Bar’s IP Law Section. Ms. Temple received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and Chairperson of the Columbia Black Law Students’ Association. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

Linda Zirkelbach is a Partner at Venable LLP in Washington, DC. She has extensive experience representing prominent media companies, book and software publishers, and nonprofits in a range of intellectual property matters, with a focus on leading IP enforcement actions for major companies, publishing law, strategic IP counselling and clearance work, digital media and rights issues, and trademark strategy and disputes. Linda regularly counsels clients on complex copyright and trademark issues; litigates in the areas of copyright and trademark; negotiates and drafts copyright and trademark license agreements, publishing agreements, and other IP agreements; and reviews and clears publications and other productions prior to launch. Linda has significant experience across a host of copyright infringement matters and has particularly deep experience in digital/online infringement and anti-piracy, with an emphasis on complex Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) issues. Her primary areas of focus are based on her experience holding senior in-house counsel roles in the music and publishing industries. She leverages her insight into the business needs of an organization to provide strategic, practical, and clear advice to her clients. After beginning her career as a Venable associate, she served as vice president, legal affairs, for the Recording Industry Association of America, where she was actively involved in high-profile copyright litigation for the major U.S. record companies. She later became vice president and general counsel of a leading publishing and media company, handling intellectual property issues and a broad spectrum of corporate, commercial, and strategic business matters and serving on the company’s executive committee. Linda has advised clients in a range of industries, including music, book and magazine publishing, entertainment, software, digital media, alcoholic beverage and restaurant services, trade associations and nonprofits, university/higher education, and consumer goods. She represents their interests before federal courts across the country, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the U.S. Copyright Office.

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