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2015 Annual Meeting Agenda


All panels and events take place at the Newport Marriott Hotel, unless otherwise noted. We hope you can join us!

Sunday, June 7

12:00 - 2:00 PM

CSUSA International Chapter Lunch Program
Separate registration fee required. More information here.

Weatherly Room
2:30 - 4:30 PM
CSUSA Executive Committee Board Meeting
Freedom Room
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Registration & Information Desk Open
Marble Registration Desk
5:00 - 6:00 PM Joint Meeting of the Board of Trustees and Members
Columbia Room
6:30 - 7:00 PM

First-Time Attendee Reception

New to the Copyright Society? Join other newcomers and CSUSA hosts at this pre-reception gathering.

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and mingling poolside in the Atrium. Guest tickets available!

Atrium / Pool Deck

Monday, June 8

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast Buffet
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Registration & Information Desk Open
Outside Salon 2
8:45 AM
Opening Remarks
Eric J. Schwartz, CSUSA President
Salons 2 - 4
9:00 - 10:00 AM

The View from the Copyright Office
Register Maria Pallante

Salons 2 - 4
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Panel 1
Ethics and Covert Investigation: Thorny Issues That Only Grow More Dangerous in the Internet Age

Attorney supervision of investigators who covertly contact suspected infringers has long raised ethical quandaries. This panel will explore how these quandaries have deepened as commerce has moved to the Internet.

The ethics rules prohibit attorneys from engaging in deception, directly or through agents.  At the same time, obligations of loyalty and zeal, as well as client expectations, weigh in favor of lawyers assisting in the lawful acquisition of evidence against an infringer. Finding the right balance is difficult, with guidance muddled by sparse precedent and many conflicting ethics opinions.

With the Internet, this dilemma arises more often and with greater complexity. Because even the most careful infringers may drop their guard in online contacts, undercover buys are sometimes the solution. To what extent, however, are attorneys permitted to supervise these covert contacts? Does the prohibition on deception by attorneys preclude their working with agents to devise “cover stories” designed to elicit admission? Even more challenging are questions of how, if at all, to use lawful electronic countermeasures to peel back the Internet’s cloak of anonymity. Join us to learn how to best address these challenging questions.

Rose Auslander, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Jed Davis, Law Office of Jonathan E. Davis LLC

Salons 2 - 4
11:00 - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break
Outside of Salon 4
11:15 AM -
12:45 PM

Panel 2
Annual Round-Up of Cases

Bob Clarida, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC

Tom Kjellberg, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman

Salons 2 - 4

12:45 - 2:00 PM

Lunch & Creativity Award Presentation

Join us as we honor acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz

2:00 - 6:30 PM
Free Time
Optional Activities Below
Various Locations
2:15 - 5:00 PM

Copyright Classic XXXI at Toppa Field

Join us for the annual Copyright Classic softball game. All are welcome to play or to come cheer on your fellow members as they vie for the 2015 Softball Champion title! Shuttle will pick up players in the lobby at 2:15 PM and return to the hotel after the game at 5:45 PM.

To Purchase Tickets to Play: Check the softball ticket box when registering for the meeting or click here to purchase separately.

Meet in Lobby at 2:15 PM for Shuttle
2:15 - 5:30 PM

The Twenty-Ninth Annual Kate McKay Tennis Tournament
at International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is where American tournament tennis began over one hundred years ago. Come play on the Casino's beautifully tended grass courts...the only grass courts open for play to the public in this country! A shuttle will pick up tennis players in the lobby at 2:15 PM and return to the hotel after the match at 5:45 PM.

Note to Players: All white attire is preferred. On-site locker room facilities and courtside spring water will be provided. Racquets available for rent through the Hall of Fame.

To Purchase Tickets: Check the tennis ticket box when registering for the meeting or click here to purchase separately.

Meet in Lobby at 2:15 PM for Shuttle
2:30 - 5:30 PM

Walking Tour of Historic Newport &
Newport Art Museum

Newport's famous historic district, with its architectural, cultural and social heritage, is best seen on foot. Join us for an afternoon tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets. Points of interest will include Touro Synagogue, Redwood Library, Colony House, Brick Market, Quaker Meeting House and Trinity Church.

The walk will conclude with a guided tour of the Newport Art Museum. The Museum was founded in 1912. Its collections and exhibitions focus on the visual arts of Newport and Rhode Island, reflecting both the lively art scene of the present and the rich heritage of the past. Housed in the Griswold House (a National Historic Landmark and an official project of Save America's Treasures), the Museum was designed in 1862 by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt. The Newport Art Museum is a premier example of American Stick Style Architecture.

Note to Participants: Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, and don't forget to bring sunglasses, sunblock and a camera! Bottled water provided.

To Purchase Tickets: Check the Art Museum ticket box when registering for the meeting or click here to purchase separately.

Meet in Lobby
2:30 - 5:30 PM

Tour of Elms Mansion & International Tennis Hall of Fame

Our mansion and Tennis Hall of Fame tour will begin at National Historic Landmark The Elms, built in 1901 as a summerhouse for Edward J. Berwind, a Pennsylvania coal magnate. Designed by Philadelphia architect Horace Trubauer as an 18th century French style chateau, the Elms was one of the first houses in Newport to be fully electrified and contains every technological marvel of the time. The spacious 10-acre park surrounding the house contains marble statuary and 40 species of trees and shrubs.

Next, we will visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. One of the world's most outstanding sports museums, the Hall of Fame houses a rare collection of trophies, tennis equipment, photos and memorabilia, as well as several interactive video displays depicting many of the greatest moments in tennis history.

Shuttle service will be provided.

To Purchase Tickets: Check the Elms ticket box when registering for the meeting or click here to purchase separately.

Meet in Lobby for Shuttle

7:00 - 9:30 PM

Cocktail Reception & Dinner at the Newport Yachting Center


Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, mingling and dinner at the Newport Yachting Center. Guests will enjoy dockside views and refreshing sea breezes off the harbor. The Yachting Center is a 10 minute walk from the hotel, but a continuous shuttle will also be provided.

Entree Selections:

Statler Breast of Chicken
Corn Salad, Goat Cheese Potato Pancake, Fresh Herb Pistou

1 lb. Steamed Lobster (Add $15)
Purchase the lobster entree when registering or click here.
Sweet Corn on the Cob, Roasted Farm Fresh Potatoes and Shallots, Drawn Butter

Vegetable Terrine
Native Tomato, Eggplant, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Sweet Red Onion, Wilted Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers, Sweet Potato, Jasmine Rice, Smoked Tomato Sauce

Dinner & Reception is included in the registration fee.

To Purchase Guest Tickets: select Guest - Monday Dinner Newport Yachting Center when registering or click here to purchase separately.

20 Commercial Wharf


Tuesday, June 9

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast Buffet
7:30 - 9:00 AM
Registration & Information Desk Open Outside Salon 2
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Panel 3
Copyrights on the Street: Creating and Preserving Graffiti and Other Art in Public Spaces

Artists who choose the streets as their canvas or gallery— whether to present socially relevant expression, provoke mass action, or simply to “mark” territory—face risky uncertainties at the intersection of their art and the Copyright Act, including the Visual Artists Rights Act (17 U.S.C. § 106A).  Come hear a distinguished group of panelists educate and entertain us with their views on the current legal writing on the wall—from academic, practitioner, and artist perspectives.

Peter J. Caruso II, Prince Lobel & Tye LLP

Deirdre A. Fox, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

Phillippa Loengard, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School

Nicholas M. O'Donnell, Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Christopher J. Robinson, Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP

Salons 2 - 4
10:00 - 10:15 AM
Coffee Break
Outside Salon 4
10:15 - 11:30 AM

Panel 4
Say What? The Newly Cooperative Online Landscape

As copyright law abuts business models in the digital space, new business models are emerging that showcase—yes—a new kind of cooperation, bringing all involved a win-win harvest from digital growth.  

Disputes between copyright owners and digital services had begun to seem inevitable, with litigation over everything from mass digitization of books, to searchable databases of television programs, to distribution of animated GIFs. What is driving today’s cooperation—adjusting perceptions? Or are those involved in creating digital models putting further thought into how works are exploited?

This panel will explore models in the digital environment, with a view towards unpacking the elements that seem to be the force behind these thriving new models.

Jordan Gimbel, Yahoo!

Ryan Merkley, Creative Commons

Katherine C. Spelman, K&L Gates

Shirin Keen, Twitch

Mark Little, Storyful

Salons 2 - 4
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM

News Flash
Garcia v. Google

David Donahue, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

Salons 2 - 4
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Panel 5
When the World Didn't Come to An End

The copyright community has predicted dire consequences of rulings from Sony v. Universal Studios, to Feist and Grokster—were those predictions justified? A panel of Copyright Society éminences grises will discuss the real effect of a number of famous decisions and the consequences, both planned and unintended. The panel will conclude with a discussion of the recent Blurred Lines jury verdict and whether the media’s hand wringing over the verdict is warranted.

Kevin Tottis, TottisLaw

Robert J. Bernstein, Law Office of Robert J. Bernstein

Joseph Salvo, Sesame Workshop

Naomi Jane Gray, Harvey Siskind LLP

Salons 2 - 4

Photo credits: Toppa Field courtesy of Newport Hospitality; International Tennis Hall of Fame courtesy of Discover Newport; Newport Art Museum courtesy of Discover Newport; The Elms Garden Facade and Dining Room by Gavin Ashworth, courtesy of the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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