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2018 CSUSA Annual Meeting Speakers



2018 Annual MEETING Speakers

 

Specializing in copyright and the related areas as entertainment and computer software at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Professor Howard Abrams is internationally recognized as an expert on copyright law. He has authored a two volume treatise on United States Copyright Law, The Law of Copyright, published by Thomson Reuters and available on Westlaw as the CopyLaw database, it has been updated annually since 1990 and has been cited in many judicial opinions. (Professor Tyler Ochoa was joined as a co-author in 2015.) In addition, Professor Abrams has authored or co-authored a number of significant scholarly articles which are listed in his Curriculum Vitae.

Among his other accomplishments, Professor Abrams has twice served as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., is currently the President of the Intellectual Property Law Institute, a Master of the Bench of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, and a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Comparative Law and the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has served as a trustee of the Detroit Music Foundation, received the John Hensl Award given annually the State Bar of Michigan for contributions to law and the arts, and served as the American Reporter on author's rights for the XIIIth International Congress on Comparative Law(Montreal 1990) and as the General Reporter for the XIVth International Congress of Comparative Law(Athens-Delphi 1994). He is frequent speaker and presenter on the subject of copyright and related topics.

Cindy Abramson is the Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Copyright Office. She advises the Department of Justice and other federal agencies on copyright matters. She also provides legal guidance to departments within the Copyright Office, handles select litigation for the Office, and is involved in various rulemaking. She is currently co-leading the Section 512 policy study at the Office. Cindy joined the Copyright Office in 2016 after several years as a litigator at Morrison & Foerster in New York, where she represented a variety of clients regarding copyright and regulatory matters. She earned her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from The New School. Prior to her legal career, Cindy worked as a development executive in the film and television industry.

Robbie Allen is the CEO of Infinia ML, which helps enterprise organizations implement machine learning solutions. Previously, he founded and led Automated Insights, whose natural language generation software helps automate content production for The Associated Press, Yahoo!, and many others. Automated Insights was successfully acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2015, and Robbie currently serves as the company’s Executive Chairman. Before starting Automated Insights, Robbie was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco.  Robbie has authored or coauthored eight software books, owns six patents, and has spoken at a variety of conferences including the O’Reilly AI Conference, Strata, SXSW, and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. He holds two Master’s degrees from MIT and is completing his Ph.D. in computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sandra Aistars is a Clinical Professor at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, leading the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program. She also serves as a Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright Research and Policy at the law school’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP).

Aistars has nearly twenty years of advocacy experience on behalf of copyright and other intellectual property owners. Throughout her career she has served in positions that required mastery of intellectual property issues, federal policy process and development, and the ability to understand and manage the implications of intellectual property policies across a portfolio of businesses. In addition, Aistars has a wealth of experience working with policy makers in Washington and internationally. She has served on trade missions and been an industry advisor to the Department of Commerce on intellectual property implications for international trade negotiations; worked on legislative and regulatory matters worldwide; frequently testified before Congress and federal agencies regarding intellectual property matters; chaired cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts; and is regularly tapped by government agencies to lecture in U.S. government-sponsored study tours for visiting legislators, judges, prosecutors, and regulators.

Immediately prior to joining Scalia Law, Aistars was the Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance – a nonprofit, public interest organization that represents the interests of artists and creators across the creative spectrum. While at Scalia Law, she continues to collaborate with the Copyright Alliance as a member of its Academic Advisory Board. Aistars has also previously served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. She began her legal career in private practice at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP.

Annemarie Bridy is a Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law, where she teaches intellectual property and technology law. Her research focuses on the impact of disruptive technologies on legal frameworks for the protection of intellectual property and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. An active scholar, Professor Bridy has published numerous law review articles and book chapters, many of them on the evolving role of online intermediaries in digital anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting operations. She has been interviewed on Internet law topics for national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, and NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report. In 2014, she testified in the U.S. House of Representatives on the safe harbor provisions in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In addition to her faculty appointment at Idaho, she has held visiting appointments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). She is a contributor to CITP’s Freedom to Tinker blog.Before entering academia, Professor Bridy was a litigation associate at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia. She clerked for the Honorable William H. Yohn, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Bridy is a graduate of Boston University (B.A., summa cum laude), the University of California, Irvine (M.A., Ph.D.), and the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude). At U.C. Irvine, she was a Humanities Predoctoral Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellow in the Humanities.

Casey Chisick co-chairs the Intellectual Property and Sports & Entertainment practices at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) 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 rare combination of recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters and first-hand experience in the business of entertainment. As litigation counsel, Casey has appeared in five seminal copyright cases before the Supreme Court of Canada: SOCAN v. Bell Canada, Entertainment Software Association v. SOCAN, Rogers Communications v. SOCAN, Alberta v. Access Copyright, and CBC v. SODRAC. He has also represented clients in copyright and entertainment matters before the courts of Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Moreover, Casey has extensive experience in rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada. Casey serves as an officer and member of the executive committee of CSUSA and founding co-chair of the CSUSA International Chapter; Chair of the ABA International Copyright Laws & Treaties committee; co-chair of the biennial LSUC Entertainment, Media & Advertising Law Symposium; Course Director for the Copyright Master Class presented annually by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill University; and a member of the advisory board of IP Osgoode, a research institute at Osgoode Hall Law School that explores legal and policy issues at the intersection of intellectual property and technology. Casey was the gold medallist in law at the University of Manitoba, earned a Masters of Law as a Fulbright and Frank Knox scholar at Harvard Law School, and served as law clerk to The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Lacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada. He began his professional career as a law professor, first at the University of Manitoba and later at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught copyright, intellectual property, corporate law, negotiation and dispute resolution to hundreds of students.

Robert W. Clarida heads the intellectual property practice of Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, which has been rated Tier 1 in New York and Tier 3 nationally.  He is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise and has extensive experience in all aspects of securing, enforcing and licensing non-patent intellectual property rights, and in advising a broad range of clients on effective strategies for maximizing value and avoiding infringement risk. Bob speaks and writes frequently on copyright issues. He is the author of the treatise COPYRIGHT LAW DESKBOOK (BNA 2009), and a principal presenter of the annual review of copyright decisions delivered each year to the Copyright Society of the USA.Bob co-authors the regular copyright law column in the New York Law Journal, teaches a seminar on emerging intellectual property issues at Columbia Law School, and has chaired numerous committees for the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Dr. Carys Craig is Associate Dean (Research & Institutional Relations), and an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the Academic Director of the Osgoode Professional Development LLM Program in Intellectual Property Law, Editor-in-Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law School SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, and a founding member of IP Osgoode(Osgoode’s Intellectual Property Law & Technology Program).A recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the 2015 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award, Dr. Craig teaches JD, graduate and professional courses in the areas of intellectual property, copyright and trademark law, and legal theory. She researches and publishes widely on intellectual property law and policy, with an emphasis on authorship theory, users’ rights and the public interest. She is the author of Copyright, Communication & Culture: Towards a Relational Theory of Copyright Law (2011), and the co-editor of Trade-marks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Commentary, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2014), and Copyright: Cases and Commentary on the Canadian and International Law, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2013). Her award-winning work has been cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada.Dr. Craig holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Queen’s University in Kingston, and a Doctorate in Law (SJD) from the University of Toronto, where she was a graduate fellow of Ontario’s Centre for Innovation Law and Policy.

Pascale Chapdelaine is Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Her research looks at the interaction between intellectual property, property and contracts, as well as to how new technologies and automated business processes shape consumers' rights and expectations. Her book: Copyright User Rights, Contracts and the Erosion of Property (Oxford University Press, 2017) explores the rights users have to books, articles, software, music, film, and other works protected by copyright, in an ever changing technological environment. Professor Chapdelaine is Chair of Windsor Law LTEC Lab: www.lteclab.com.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2014, Pascale Chapdelaine practised law for over fourteen years as Vice-President, and legal counsel at Bell Canada and BCE Inc. in intellectual property and commercial law, and as associate at the Montreal-based law firm Lavery de Billy in corporate, commercial and securities law.

Professor Chapdelaine has received various awards for her research and publications, including a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Award (SSHRC).

Pascale Chapdelaine has taught, conducted research, and presented her work at different Universities worldwide, including the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law (OIPRC, St-Peter’s College), the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the Faculty of Law at the K.U. Leuven (Belgium). Professor Chapdelaine is a Research Affiliate of IP Osgoode, and is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).

Professor Chapdelaine holds an L.L.B.& B.C.L. from Mc Gill University Faculty of Law, an LL.M from the K.U. Leuven Faculty of Law (Belgium) and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is called to the Bar of Ontario and le Barreau du Québec.

Joseph C. Gratz is a litigator who is as comfortable on his feet in court as he is hashing over source code with a group of engineers. Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association IP Section’s Committee on Copyright and New Technologies, Joe is a respected commentator on copyright and Internet law. In addition to his work at Durie Tangri, Joe teaches Cyberlaw at the University of California – Hastings College of the Law.

A true "digital native," Joe has been on the Internet for more than twenty years. His deep understanding of technical issues and his background as a technical writer (and as an exhibit designer for a science museum) allow him to explain complex technical concepts simply and accurately to judges, juries, and clients. Joe was named one of the nine Top Intellectual Property Lawyers Under 40 by Law360 in 2015, and shortlisted for Managing IP’s Outstanding IP Litigator award for California in 2016. He was named a Northern California IP Litigation SuperLawyer in 2013 and 2014 by SuperLawyers Magazine, after being named a Rising Star in IP Litigation in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Before becoming a partner, Joe was Durie Tangri's first associate. He was previously an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2005-06. Joe graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in English and Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. In 2005, he received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology (and director of the law school musical).

Thomas Kjellberg practices in the areas of copyright, right of publicity and trademark law at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman P.C. Tom has represented companies large and small in copyright licensing, litigation and enforcement matters. Tom speaks and writes frequently on copyright and related issues, and is the chief author of the annual review of copyright decisions published each year in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA and delivered at the Copyright Society’s annual meeting. Tom is a past Trustee of the Society.

Significant cases include Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1002 (2017) (concerning the copyrightability of two-dimensional artwork applied to useful articles); Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha, 609 F.3d 30 (2d Cir. 2010), 16 N.Y.3d 295 (2011) (on certified question), 640 F. 3d 497 (2d Cir. 2011) (concerning New York long-arm jurisdiction in copyright infringement cases involving copyrighted literary works on the Internet); Figure Eight Holdings, LLC v. Dr. Jay’s, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107140 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2011) (obtaining grant of summary judgment of non-infringement of visual artwork for defendants), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134089 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 18, 2011) (obtaining award of attorneys’ fees for prevailing defendants); Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley Ltd., 448 F.3d 605 (2d Cir. 2006) (affirming summary judgment for defendant publisher that “thumbnail” reproductions of seven concert posters in Grateful Dead biography are transformative fair use); Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. Thomas Steinbeck and Blake Smyle, 537 F.3d 193 (2d Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 2383 (2009) (obtaining appellate reversal that invalidated the attempt by John Steinbeck’s son and granddaughter to terminate Penguin’s publishing agreement under Section 304(d) of the Copyright Act, and upheld Penguin’s right to continue publishing The Grapes of Wrath and other Steinbeck works for their full copyright terms); Hudson v. Universal Studios, Inc., 369 Fed. Appx. 291 (2d Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 1027 (2011) (affirming grant of summary judgment for defendant creators that Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence film Life did not infringe copyright in plaintiff’s play). Tom has participated in the drafting of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of organizations including the RIAA, the MPAA and Sony Computer Entertainment America. Tom earned his J.D. in 1998 from Fordham Law School, where he was awarded First Place in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second, Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Steven Marks is Chief, Digital Business and General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Mr. Marks is part of the senior management team that develops strategy for industry-wide projects at the intersection of business, policy, legal and public relations aspects of the music industry.

Mr. Marks oversees the legal, litigation, business affairs, and technology departments at the RIAA. In this role, Mr. Marks represents the industry in many legislative and regulatory proceedings; leads negotiations for certain industry-wide licenses; coordinated industry legal strategy in the Supreme Court case MGM v. Grokster; and regularly represents the industry in public dialogues and policy debates, including providing testimony before government bodies.

Mr. Marks was chosen by Inside Counsel magazine as one of the Top 50 General Counsels in the United States.
Mr. Marks is a frequent speaker on licensing, technical and legal matters at industry conferences and events. He has also guest lectured on copyright law relating to music, including at Duke Law School and Georgetown Law School.
Mr. Marks graduated from Duke Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Marks received his B.A. from Duke University.

Maria A. Pallante is the President and CEO of the AAP | Association of American Publishers, which represents the leading book, journal, and education publishers in the United States on matters of law and policy. AAP’s headquarters are in Washington, DC.Ms. Pallante is a recognized leader in the field of intellectual property.  From June 1, 2011 through October 29, 2016, she served as United States Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyrights Office. In this role, she administered an increasingly complex legal system of programs, practices, and regulations and assisted executive branch agencies with trade, treaties, and litigation. Pallante was a key advisor to the U.S. Congress, working closely with lawmakers to evaluate the efficacy and balance of the Copyright Act and the national copyright system. Under her leadership, the Copyright Office produced extensive policy studies, legislative recommendations, and strategic plans, working with a vast stakeholder community and thousands of public comments. Major studies include The Making Available Right in the United States, Copyright and the Music Marketplace, and Copyright Small Claims.  She produced a comprehensive revision and online edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, making it widely available to courts, practitioners, and the general public as well as agency staff.  Prior to public service, Ms. Pallante worked for the worldwide network of Guggenheim Museums, advising on a variety of intellectual property, governance, and business issues involving contemporary art and architecture. Earlier in her career, she was assistant director of the Authors Guild and executive director of the National Writers Union, respectively, and in private practice.Ms. Pallante has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress, served on United States Government delegations, and delivered a number of distinguished lectures. These include the 2013 Horace S. Manges Lecture (Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts), the 2012 and 2013 David Nelson Lectures (Berkeley Technology Law Journal); the 2016 Roger L. Shidler Lecture (Washington Journal of Law, Technology and the Arts); and the 2017 Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture (University of Wisconsin Law Journal). Ms. Pallante is a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and in 2014 delivered the Society’s 60th Anniversary Keynote (Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA). In 2017, she received the Champion of Intellectual Property Award from the District of Columbia Bar. She is a graduate of George Washington University Law School.

Richard Pfohl is General Counsel to the Canadian recording industry’s principal licensing agency, CONNECT Music Licensing (formerly AVLA), which represents over 2500 recording companies, from the largest to the smallest. He is active in licensing new technologies to bring music to Canadians on behalf of the recording industry. Richard is also General Counsel to Music Canada, which represents the major Canadian recording companies and the interests of key leading independent Canadian recording companies. Richard has served as President of Re:Sound (then known as NRCC), which administers the rights of performers and makers of sound recordings for all public communications, performances and broadcasts of music in Canada.

Richard has testified before Canadian Parliamentary committees and the Canadian Copyright Board. He has taught courses on internet, information technology and digital commerce law as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toronto Law School, and has lectured and co-taught in the Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M. and LL.B. programs. He is an active member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and has served as a director of the Canadian IT Law Association.

Prior to joining CONNECT, Richard was a partner in the Technology and Intellectual Property group of the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault. He previously served as Counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Technology, and to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He also practiced for four years with the leading Washington D.C. telecommunications law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, where he helped establish the firm’s Internet and electronic commerce law practice.

Richard graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and received his undergraduate degree in Politics and certificate in American Studies from Princeton University. Richard is called to the Ontario, Washington D.C. and Maryland bars.

Sarah Rosenbaum currently serves as Music Counsel at Google, including YouTube. Sarah’s focus is music publishing, including deal negotiation in support of the launch of YouTube’s forthcoming music subscription service, internal rights and data management initiatives, and policy work in connection with the Music Modernization Act and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings.

Sarah previously served as Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Music Reports, a company providing license administration and data management services to the top digital music services. She supported product launches, oversaw compliance of rights administration platforms, and counseled external clients on music licensing strategies.

Sarah previously served as a Rights Attorney at NBCUniversal where she advised internal business units on ownership and distribution rights in television and film properties and helped modernize internal rights databases.

During law school, Sarah drafted film, television, and video game licenses for Warner Bros. film studio, counseled music clients in the intellectual property clinic at her law school, and clerked for the Hon. Nan R. Nolan in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

During and after law school, Sarah co-produced and moderated panels for an entertainment and technology law series for Music Business Association.

Prior to law school, Sarah supported business development efforts for a music tech start-up and simultaneously managed local music talent and ran a nightlife promotions company that produced live music and fashion events in Chicago.

Charles Sanders is an international music and entertainment attorney whose longtime clients include the Songwriters Guild of America and many well-known individual songwriters and composers. He is likewise an advisor to the international music creator group Music Creators of North America (MCNA) and its global affiliate, CIAM (Paris), and counsels many other music community non-profit groups, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the National Music Council, and The Native American Music Association. He has served as an adjunct professor in the NYU Steinhart Music Business Program since 1993, focusing on introducing students to the broad range of global opportunities and ethical challenges that face every music industry professional.

For nearly two decades (1986-2004), Sanders served as Counsel and Executive VP to the National Music Publishers Association, during which time he oversaw the collection and distribution of over $4 billion in music royalties. Sanders also specializes in freedom of information, free speech, and fair use issues, and has participated in nearly every landmark music industry Internet litigation of the past twenty years. He is licensed to practice in New York, California, and Washington, DC, and before the US Supreme Court. He is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where he served as a Brown-Derenberg Fellow under legendary copyright professor Alan Latman.

Among Sanders’ related music industry pursuits, he is a former chairman and thirty-year board member of the music industry’s leading social justice outreach group, WhyHunger, the recipient of a 2014 Emmy Award for the copyright education short subject “Copy Kid,” a three decade Grammy voting member and former governor of NARAS, and a platinum award-winning producer, musician, and author. He is also a former editor of the seminal entertainment industry treatise “This Business of Music,” and writes and speaks frequently on issues of importance to the US and global music community (including panels at SXSW and MIDEM and as a contributor to Billboard Magazine, CNN, and other broadcast media outlets).

Barry Sookman is a senior partner with McCarthy Tétrault in the Toronto office. He is the former Co-Chair of the firm’s Technology Law Group and was the head of the firm’s Internet and Electronic Commerce Group. Prior to that, he was head of its Intellectual Property Group for six years. He is one of Canada’s foremost authorities in the area of information technology, Internet, intellectual property, and privacy/anti-spam law.

Barry Sookman is the author of the leading seven-volume treatise, Sookman: Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (Carswell, 1999-2017); Copyright: Cases and Commentary on the Canadian and International Law, co-authored with Steven Mason and Prof. Carys Craig (2nd. Ed. Carswell, 2013), Intellectual Property Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary, co-authored with Steven Mason and Dan Glover (2nd. Ed. Carswell 2013); Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Terms: Judicial, Legislative and Technical Definitions (Carswell, 2001-2015); and Sookman: Computer Law: Acquiring and Protecting Information Technology (Carswell, 1989-1999). He is a contributing author to the following books: Gordon Henderson’s Copyright Law in Canada (Carswell, 1994); Barbara McIsaac’s The Law of Privacy in Canada (Carswell, 2000-2003), which was published by McCarthy Tètrault authors; George Takach’s The Software Business (McGraw Hill 1999); and Marco Giovanoli’s International Monetary Law: Issues for the New Millennium (Oxford 2000). Mr. Sookman is also the author of numerous articles dealing with information technology and intellectual property. As well, he is an adjunct Professor who teaches intellectual property at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Frank Scibilia is a partner in Pryor Cashman’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment and Digital Media Groups. Frank represents content owners on all aspects of copyright law - including litigation, licensing, enforcement, rights clearance and due diligence - with a strong focus on digital music issues.

Frank regularly handles and litigates complex copyright and licensing issues, especially those concerning the technological exploitation of music. Most notably, Frank has been and is involved in:

• The Phonorecords III CRB proceedings to determine rates and terms for the Section 115 compulsory license for interactive streaming and limited downloading
• Several seminal cases establishing the boundaries of liability in connection with the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content via the Internet, including cases against the online music services Napster, Aimster, MP3.com, Grokster, Limewire, MP3tunes and Grooveshark
• The first case to enforce the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (Universal City Studies v. Reimerdes)
• Cases that will determine whether music publishers may - consistent with the consent decrees governing the U.S. performing rights societies ASCAP and BMI, and the U.S. Copyright Act - withdraw certain digital performing rights from those societies (BMI v. Pandora; Pandora v. ASCAP)

Frank has negotiated licenses for the reproduction, distribution, and public performance of copyrighted musical compositions and sound recordings on a myriad of digital music platforms. Frank negotiated the original New Digital Media Agreements that are now recognized as the template agreements by which record labels may obtain rights from music publishers that they may then bundle in licenses with music service providers for certain types of digital music products.

Frank has also negotiated licenses with virtually every type of digital music service, including on-demand streaming services, non-interactive streaming services, cloud locker services, user-generated video services, lyric services, crowd-sourced music information services, and sheet music and guitar tab apps and services.


Veronica Syrtash
is the Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), which is a music licensing collective representing music rights holders ranging in size from large multinational music publishers to individual songwriters who own or administer the vast majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada.

Veronica has been with CMRRA since 1999, overseeing CMRRA’s legal, business and policy objectives. She has represented the music publishing community in securing licensing deals in Canada with online music services such as Apple, Google, and Spotify, as well as industry-wide negotiations with the major and independent record labels, and terrestrial and satellite broadcasters. Veronica also oversees all rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada, and directs any litigation related to CMRRA’s tariffs and license agreements.
Veronica started her career in public interest advocacy working with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, but her background as a musician fuelled her desire to move into the music industry in a copyright policy and advocacy role. She has worked on briefs and appearances before government during the various phases of copyright reform in Canada, and was recently cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in its decision relating to the engagement of the reproduction right by television broadcasters.

Veronica received her B.A. (Hons) from Queen’s University, her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario, and her LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, with a specialization in intellectual property law. She is called to the Ontario bar.

On October 21, 2016, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden named Karyn A. Temple Acting Register of Copyrights while a national search is conducted for a new permanent Register of Copyrights. Temple had served as Associate Register of Copyrights and director of policy and international a airs for the United States Copyright Office since January 30, 2013. Prior to that, she served as senior counsel in the Office of Policy and International A airs.

As Associate Register, she assisted the Register of Copyrights with critical policy functions of the Copyright Office, including domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations. She directed the Office of Policy and International A airs, which represents the Copyright Office at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection, and she provided regular support to Congress and its committees on statutory amendments and construction.

Prior to joining the Copyright Office, Temple served as senior counsel to the deputy attorney general of the United States, assisting with the formulation of U.S. Department of Justice policy on sensitive legal issues and helping to manage the department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. She also spent several years in private practice at the Recording Industry Association of America and at the law firm Williams & Connolly, LLP. She began her legal career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division through its Honors Program and also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Temple earned her JD from the Columbia University Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan.

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