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2018 CSUSA Annual Meeting Agenda



All panels and events take place at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, unless otherwise noted. We hope you can join us!  

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Sunday, June 10

12:00 - 2:00 PM International Chapter Luncheon

Copyright in the NAFTA Neighborhood
[Separate Ticket Required]

This year's edition of the ever-popular International Chapter Luncheon will feature an overview of copyright issues percolating in the NAFTA renegotiations, with a particular focus on views, perspectives and developments in Canada and Mexico. Issues will range from internet service provider liability to online enforcement measures, from exceptions and limitations to term of protection, from technological protection measures to camcording. Our speakers are experienced in both trade law and counseling companies, so bring your questions to this lunch event.


Maria Strong
Deputy Director of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office


Richard C. Owens
Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Luis C. Schmidt
Olivares & Cia

Tickets: $50

Pier 23
2:00 - 6:00 PM Registration Desk Open Harbour Foyer
2:00 - 4:00 PM Executive Committee Meeting Harbour A
2:00 PM Free Time - Optional Activities Below
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Hockey Hall of Fame
[Separate Ticket Required]

Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame with our local hockey expert! In addition to housing the Stanley Cup and the worlds largest collection of hockey memorabilia, the Hockey Hall of Fame gives you a chance to experience the NHL like a player:

  • Go one-on-one against life-size, animated versions of today's greatest goalies and shooters;
  • Experience hockey's first 3D film;
  • Call play-by-play of hockey's greatest goals!

Tickets: $25

Meet in Main Lobby
2:15 - 5:00 PM

Royal Ontario Museum
[Separate Ticket Required]

Located in downtown Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum (the "ROM") is the largest natural history and world culture museum in Canada and the fifth largest museum in North America. Our guided tour will help you discover the treasures of the ROM and still leave time for you to join us at Sunday's Welcome Reception. 

Tickets: $35

Meet in Main Lobby

Bus departs at 2:30.

5:00 - 6:00 PM CSUSA Trustee Meeting Harbour A
6:30 - 7:00 PM First-Time Attendee Reception Pier 4 & 5
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Welcome Reception & Canadian Songwriters Circle

Join us as we kick off the 2018 Annual Meeting! Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and guest tickets are available. 

Guest Tickets: $80

Pier 4 & 5
8:30 PM Dinner on Your Own


Monday, June 11

7:45 - 8:45 PM Breakfast Buffet
Harbour Ballroom
7:45 - 8:45 AM CSUSA Chapter Co-Chair Meeting Harbour A
8:45 AM

Nancy Wolff, CSUSA President

Harbour B & C
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Session 1a
The View from the Copyright Office

Straight from the source, our annual update on recent developments and upcoming initiatives in the U.S. Copyright Office.


The Honorable Karyn Temple
Acting Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office

Harbour B & C

10:00 - 10:20 AM 

Session 1b (Elective)
Differentiating with Design: How the U.S. Copyright Office is Modernizing through User Centered Design*

Come preview the new copyright experience and learn how the U.S. Copyright Office is leveraging user centered design to provide exceptional digital experiences to the creative community.


Robert J. Kasunic
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice, U.S. Copyright Office

Cindy P. Abramson
Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office

Harbour B & C






*No CLE credit is being offered in conjunction with this session.

10:00 - 10:30 AM Coffee Break Harbour Foyer
10:30 AM -
12:00 PM

Session 2
Annual Round Up of Cases

Fasten your seatbelt for this fast-paced, action-packed review of the year's most important copyright developments. A highlight of every Annual Meeting!


Robert W. Clarida
Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC

Thomas Kjellberg
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman P.C.

Harbour B & C
12:00 - 12:15 PM Break  
12:15 - 1:30 PM

Session 3
So You Think You're a Copyright Lawyer

Dust off those course summaries and law school notes: this session will be a true test of your copyright knowledge at a meeting of copyright experts. 

All attendees will be assigned to teams who will designate captains to answer computerized quiz questions. The questions will test your command of notable U.S. and Canadian cases and statutory provisions, major international treaties and trade agreements, and emerging issues in the field of copyright law. The top three teams will face off in a final "showdown" that puts their copyright expertise to the ultimate test! 


Casey Chisick
Cassels Brock & Blackwell

Maria A. Pallante
Association of American Publishers

Harbour B & C
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Lunch & CSUSA Member Meeting

2:30 PM Free Time - Optional Activities Below!
2:30 PM - 3:30

U.S. Copyright Modernization Q&A

Want to learn more about the U.S. Copyright Office modernization efforts? 

Join us and our team for an informal discussion to learn more about our user centered design approach, gain insights from ongoing outreach efforts, preview the design for a new registration system, and find out how you can be involved in copyright modernization!

Harbour A
2:30 - 5:00 PM

Copyright Classic XXXIV
[Separate Ticket Required]

Join us for the 34th annual Copyright Classic softball game, and vie for the 2018 Champion Title! All are welcome to play or cheer from the sidelines.

Tickets: $35

Meet in Main Lobby

Bus departs at 2:45.

2:30 - 5:00 PM

32nd Annual Kate McKay Tennis Tournament
[Separate Ticket Required]

Join CSUSA member and guest players at our annual tennis tournament. This year's match will take place at the Mayfair Racket Club. All our welcome!

Tickets: $35

Meet in Main Lobby

Bus departs at 2:45.

2:45 - 5:00 PM

Double-Decker Bus City Tour
[Separate Ticket Required]

Discover Toronto in a private open-top double-decker bus.

Tickets: $35

Meet in Main Lobby

Bus departs at 3:00.

2:30 - 5:00 PM

Bad Axe Throwing
[Separate Ticket Required]

Only Ontario could hatch(et) this urban spin on a traditional Canadian backyard sport. Join us for a round of Canada's most popular export since Justin Bieber!

Tickets: $45

Meet in Main Lobby

Bus departs at 2:45.

7:00 -  9:30 PM

Reception & Dinner at The Fermenting Cellar

The Distillery District, one of Toronto's premier arts & culture destinations, is made up of the 73 buildings of the former Gooderman & Worts Distillery. Central to Gooderman & Worts production efforts, the Fermenting Cellar looks much like it did upon its completion in 1861. Join Copyright Society members and guests for cocktails and dinner in this one-of-a-kind, industrial chic setting. 

Included in registration price.
Guest Tickets: $150

The Fermenting Cellar
28 Distillery Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Shuttles to the historic Distillery District start at 6:00pm.

Venue doors open at 7:00pm.

 9:30 PM - ????

Suggestion for Further Partying...

After dinner Monday night, join the Copyright Society house band, Crude Humble & Obvious, in a historic reunion with Toronto’s own Paul Spurgeon, performing at C’est What?, 67 Front Street East at Church. No cover, no minimum, no excuses.

C'est What?
67 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5E 1B5

Shuttles departing the Fermenting Cellar will make a stop at C'est What? on the way to the Westin.


Tuesday, June 12

7:45 - 8:45 AM Breakfast Buffet
9:00 - 9:15 AM

Nancy Wolff, CSUSA President

Harbour B & C
9:15 - 10:30 AM

Session 4
The Great Copyright Debate

Four renowned copyright experts, from both sides of the 49th parallel will engage in a formal, Oxford-style debate of the following proposition:

Be it resolved that modern remedial options, including site blocking and de-indexing, are essential and appropriate tools to combat online piracy.

Which team will change the most minds?


Howard Abrams
School of Law, University of Detroit Mercy


For the Affirmative:

Sandra Aistars
Center for Intellectual Property Protection,
Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Barry B. Sookman
McCarthy Tétrault

For the Negative:

Pascale Chapdelaine
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

Joseph C. Gratz
Durie Tangri

Harbour B & C
10:30 - 11:00 AM Coffee Break
Harbour Foyer
11:00 AM -
12:00 PM

Session 5
Recent Developments in Music Law & Licensing

From decisions of the Copyright Royalty Board and the Copyright Board of Canada to major legislative initiatives on both sides of the border, the North American music licensing landscape is evolving at an unprecedented pace. Our panel of experts will review the recent developments and explain what to watch for in 2018 and beyond.


Richard Pfohl
Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing


Steven Marks
Recording Industry Association of America

Sarah Rosenbaum

Charles J. Sanders
Songwriters Guild of America

Frank P. Scibilia
Pryor Cashman LLP

Veronica Syrtash
Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency

Harbour B & C
12:00 - 12:15 PM Break  
12:15 - 1:30 PM

Session 6
Artificial Intelligence and Copyright: The Rise of the Machines

The “authoring” of works in whole or in part by artificial intelligence is not the stuff of some distant science fiction – it’s happening right now. This reality does not fit comfortably, however, with what has traditionally been an anchor of copyright: the requirement of human authorship. Does this require rethinking in light of the fact that computer-generated works are likely to become increasingly indistinguishable from human ones? Discussing this important question, which leads naturally to a host of other considerations under copyright law, will be a panel of expert copyright lawyers who are thinking deeply about the issues, along with a distinguished AI entrepreneur and thought leader.


Carys Craig
York University Osgoode Hall Law School


Robbie Allen
Automated Insights

Annemarie Bridy
University of Idaho College of Law

Robert J. Kasunic
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice

Harbour B & C


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