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2016 Mid-Winter Meeting Agenda

2016 Mid-Winter Meeting Agenda

All panels and events take place at the Hotel Monteleone, unless otherwise noted. We hope you can join us! Click here for more information on the Mid-Winter Meeting, including how to register.

Thursday, February 11

12:00 - 2:00 PM

CSUSA International Chapter Lunch Program
Separate registration fee required.
Tickets available for purchase at checkout
Click here for more information.

Riverview Room
3:00 - 5:00 PM
CSUSA Executive Committee Board Meeting
Queen Anne Ballroom
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Registration & Information Desk Open
Queen Anne Mezzanine
6:00 - 6:30 PM

First-Time Attendee Reception

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

Riverview Room 
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for an evening of networking and music poolside. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Guest tickets available!

Riverview Room
Friday, February 12

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Breakfast Buffet
Queen Anne/Parlor
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Registration & Information Desk Open
Queen Anne Mezzanine
9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Eric J. Schwartz, CSUSA President

Queen Anne Ballroom
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Panel 1
The Ownership of Copyrightable Contributions in the
Wake of Garcia v. Google and 16 Casa Duse v. Merkin

The Second and Ninth Circuits have both recently held that an actor or a director may not, in the normal course, own a copyright to their individual contributions to an integrated work of authorship like a film.  This panel will explore whether these decisions were correct, and the real-world impact they will have on the motion picture industry, and on contributions to integrated works.


Justin Hughes
Hon. William Byrne Professor of Law, Loyola Law School


Eleanor Lackman
Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

F. Jay Dougherty
Professor of Law, Director of Entertainment & Media Law Institute and Concentration Program, Loyola Law School 

Christopher Newman
Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School
of Law

Danielle Van Lier
Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property and Contracts,

10:30 - 10:45 AM
Coffee Break
Queen Anne Mezzanine
10:45 - 11:45 AM

Panel 2
Local Artists and Copyright

New Orleans musicians, music professionals, artists and creators will discuss their careers and share some of their works, with an emphasis on any copyright-related issues they have faced. They will speak about how awareness of copyright protection may or may not have increased after Katrina, particularly with the emergence on the national and worldwide spotlight of New Orleans culture, music, and traditions through documentaries and such programs as HBO’s Treme, which featured local musicians and artists.

Deborah Evans
President, Della Music Publishing, LLC


Ashlye M. Keaton, Esq.
Adjunct Professor, Tulane Law School and the University of New Orleans, Co-Founder/Supervising Attorney for the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project (ELLA)

Pamela Davis-Noland
Author, playwright, community arts organizer and artist relations specialist

Voice Monet
New Orleans-based international female rap artist and record label owner, film producer, director and cinematographer

Scott Billington
Vice President of A&R, Rounder Records


11:45 - 12:00 PM Break  
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Panel 3
Student and Practitioner Viewpoints: A Dual Perspective Look at Recent Copyright Cases

This “reverse mentoring" panel will present the perspectives of millennial lawyers and students on various copyright issues. The panel will discuss several recent cases and explore how and whether the approaches and views on such cases differ between the newest generation of lawyers and more experienced practitioners.

Practitioner Moderator:
Professor Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.
Tulane University Law School

Student Moderator:
Latisha Mais
Tulane Law School


Terrica Carrington
3L, George Mason University

Mary Rasenberger
Executive Director, The Authors Guild

Ben Sheffner
VP, Legal Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Tomi Suzuki
2L, Tulane Law School

Daniel G. Van Slyke
3L, Texas A&M University

Benjamin L. Vanasse
Tulane Law School

Nancy Wolff
Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Lunch & Keynote by Danny Marti

Danny Marti currently serves as the
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator within the Executive Office of the President. Mr. Marti was nominated by President Obama in August 2014, and Mr. Marti took office in March 2015 following unanimous (92-0) confirmation by the United States Senate. The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Coordinator is charged with developing the Administration’s intellectual property enforcement strategy and is the primary office responsible for coordinating the efforts of the U.S. Government criminal, national security, and economic agencies engaged in intellectual property policy and enforcement.

Prior to joining the Administration, Mr. Marti was a Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he specialized in the protection, management and enforcement of intellectual property in the United States and abroad. Mr. Marti advised clients in connection with international trademark portfolio management, licensing, and other intellectual property-based transactions, and represented clients in a wide range of cases involving trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, copyrights, trade secrets, cybersquatting and computer fraud and abuse matters before various U.S. federal courts, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Within Kilpatrick Townsend, Mr. Marti held multiple leadership roles, including serving as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and
Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Asset Acquisitions & Transactions Group. 

Mr. Marti has served on several professional associations and charitable boards, including the International Trademark Association and the American Cancer Society’s National Capital Region Corporate Council. Mr. Marti received a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Royal Salon
A, B & C
2:30 - 5:00 PM
Free Time

3:30 - 5:30 PM

French Quarter & Cemetery Walking Tour

Join us for an afternoon of exploring the French Quarter (New Orleans' oldest neighborhood) and the St. Louis Cemetery during this private Cajun Encounters Walking Tour. Guides will pick up CSUSA walkers in the Hotel Monteleone Lobby at 3:20 PM and drop the group back off at the hotel between 5:15-5:30 PM. 

To Purchase Tickets: Check the walking tour ticket box when registering for the meeting.

Meet in Lobby
at 3:20 PM
6:30 - 9:00 PM

Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise

Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, mingling and dinner aboard the Steamboat Natchez. CSUSA members will glide past the French Quarter and through one of the world's most active ports during this private two-hour dinner and jazz cruise.

One of only two true steam powered sternwheelers plying the Mississippi today, the Natchez is the ninth steamer to bear the name – her predecessor, Natchez VI, raced the Robert E. Lee in the most famous steamboat race of all time. Today, the Natchez proudly remains the undisputed champion of the Mississippi, having never lost a race! 

Dinner Cruise is included in the registration fee.

To Purchase Guest Tickets: Select Guest Reception 2/12 when registering.

Toulouse St Wharf,
400 Toulouse Street
(short 5 min.
walk from
the hotel,
JAX Brewery)
Saturday, February 13

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Breakfast Buffet
Queen Anne/Parlor

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Registration & Information Desk Open

Queen Anne Mezzanine

8:00 - 9:00 AM
CSUSA Chapter Chair & Membership Committee Meeting

9:15 AM Opening Remarks
Eric J. Schwartz, CSUSA President

Queen Anne Ballroom 
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Panel 1
Legislative and Regulatory Update

Since Spring of 2013, Congress, the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have been conducting a comprehensive review of The Copyright Act and considering how to position relevant government institutions to best meet the needs of the digital marketplace in works of authorship and the general public. Practitioners and senior officials and counsel from the U.S. Copyright Office, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the House Judiciary Committee will offer updates and their perspectives on the latest legislative and regulatory developments, as well as the first phase of work of the American Law Institute on the Restatement of Copyright Law which is occurring in parallel with the legislative and regulatory review.


Sandra Aistars
Senior Scholar & Director of Copyright Research and Policy, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP), George Mason University School of Law


Karyn Temple Claggett
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office

Jason Everett
Chief Democratic Counsel for the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the House Committee on the Judiciary

Terry Hart
Director of Legal Policy, The Copyright Alliance

Shira Perlmutter
Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, United States Patent & Trademark Office

10:30 - 10:45 AM
Coffee Break
Queen Anne Mezzanine
10:45 - 11:45 AM

Panel 2
A Lenz into the Future: The State of Takedowns for 2016

This panel will discuss the cutting edge of DMCA notice and takedown from both the trenches and the benches.

Elizabeth Townsend-Gard
Tulane University Law School 


Sofia Castillo
Staff Attorney, Association of American Publishers 

Jordan Gimbel
Senior Director, Legal, Yahoo! Inc. 

Vicky Sheckler
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, RIAA

Fred von Lohmann
Legal Director, Copyright, Google

11:45 - 12:00 PM


12:00 - 1:00 PM

Panel 3 
The Times They Are A-Changin’: 3D Printing and Digital Video in the Age of Body Cams and Periscope

The means by which we can produce and distribute content is undergoing perhaps the most radical series of changes since the introduction of the printing press.  Ubiquitous and extremely powerful smartphones allow each of us to easily set up our own live video streaming channel while 3D printers allow for the reproduction of physical works at the press of the button. 

What are the copyright concerns arising from such new technologies and how can copyright owners effectively enforce their copyrights in such a rapidly evolving landscape?

Join our panel of experienced practitioners as they debate the issues of tomorrow.

Jack Bernard
Associate General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, University of Michigan 


John Knapp
General Counsel, Solidoodle

John Tehranian
Founding Partner, One LLP and Paul W. Wildman Chair and Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School

Dennis L. Wilson
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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