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2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Agenda


A Special Thank You to the 2020 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Members:
Karen Frank and Alexander Kaplan (Co-Chairs), Elizabeth Bruns, Pamela Chestek, and Sabina Vayner


Monday, June 8
1:00-2:00pm ET

Annual Copyright Society Trustee Meeting

Tuesday, June 9
12:00-1:30pm ET

(90min CLE)

Session 1
View from the Copyright Office

Join us as we kick off the Annual Meeting Webinar Series with a supersized edition of our yearly presentation by the Acting Register and U.S. Copyright Office staff.


Maria Strong
Acting Register of Copyrights & Director of the U.S. Copyright Office

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

Catherine Zaller Rowland
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education

Regan A. Smith
General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights

Thursday, June 11

12:00-1:30pm ET

(90 min CLE)

Session 2
Recent Developments in Copyright Law

Join Bob & Tom for a 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.

Thursday, June 11
1:40-2:00pm ET

(90min CLE)

Annual Copyright Society Members Meeting & Presentation of the 
2020 Officer & Trustee Nominees

Tuesday, June 16
1:00-2:00pm ET

(60min CLE)

Session 3
Digital Libraries During and After A Crisis

Recent years have seen an explosion of demand for digital libraries and digital resources. Disputes over libraries' licensing and lending of e-books are ongoing, and complicated coalitions among libraries, publishers, authors, and users are fighting over every inch of the e-lending space -- most recently over the Internet Archive's plan to make its library of works digitally available, free, and accessible to all. Does a global pandemic that is accelerating demand and exerting pressure on libraries that may be closed to the public due to shelter-in-place orders affect whether a given use comes within the fair use doctrine? Do these extraordinary times merit, or permit, extraordinary measures? How do we begin to address, let alone resolve, these thorny issues?

The "Digital Libraries" panel brings together some of the most knowledgeable, thoughtful, and thought-provoking authorities in the field to tackle these urgent concerns. We will hear from a leading authors' representative, librarians at the forefront of e-lending policy and practices, a copyright and technology expert, and the general counsel of one of the most transformative and widely-used digital service providers in higher education. Join us, and help us navigate the evolving world of digital libraries and resource stewardship together!


Kyle K. Courtney
Copyright Advisor for Harvard University

Nancy Kopans

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, ITHAKA

Mary Rasenberger

President of the Authors Guild and Authors Guild Foundation

Bill Rosenblatt

President of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies

Michelle M. Wu

Law Library Director & Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

Bhamati Viswanathan
Independent Legal Scholar & Author

Thursday, June 18
12:00-1:00pm ET

(60min CLE)

Session 4
Perspectives on the Fair Use Defense

Fair use is one of the knottiest and most discussed issues in copyright law. This panel will discuss several notable current fair use cases pending before various US appellate courts and the panelists’ differing perspectives on them, including as presented in their respective amicus briefs. We will also consider whether too much emphasis is being placed on the fair use defense in certain cases when other legal issues may be determinative of the question of infringement. The panel will conclude by looking at the remote learning and working environment in which we are currently living and how that is impacting the application of the fair use defense.


Jennifer Pariser

Vice President, Copyright and Legal Affairs, Motion Picture Association (MPA)

Joseph Salvo

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Sesame Workshop

Rebecca Tushnet

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Alexander Kaplan 
Partner, Proskauer

Friday, June 19
8:00pm ET   
Copyright Society Happy Hour 
Tuesday, June 23
12:00-1:00pm ET

(60min CLE)

Session 5
The DMCA 20 Years Later: 
What's Worked and What Hasn't

The panel will discuss the original goals and actual impact of Section 512 of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, intended to provide a “safe harbor” for website operators from content uploaded by their users, from the historical perspective and the perspective of the technology and content industries. The panel will also discuss the just issued Copyright Office report on Section 512, which found that “operation of the section 512 safe harbor system today is unbalanced” and out of sync with Congress’s original intent, with regards to takedown notices, repeat infringers, and other issues.


Jon Berroya
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Internet Association

Jack Lerner
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic at The University of California Irvine School of Law

Mary Rasenberger

President of the Authors Guild and Authors Guild Foundation

Karen Frank
Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Thursday, June 25
12:00-1:00pm ET

(60min CLE)

Session 6
Whose Copyright Is It Anyway? The Challenges of Social Media, Influencers, and Celebrity Partnerships

The exponential growth of social media platforms and users has created numerous opportunities for brands, celebrities, and influencers to reach audiences in new and innovative ways. At the same time, brand endorsements and partnerships have become more popular and lucrative than ever. In developing branded content, using already-existing content, and collaborating in many other ways, brands, celebrities, and influencers alike are stepping into a minefield and need to tread carefully both to avoid infringing on others’ copyright rights and to ensure their own creations are protected.

This panel will explore various copyright issues that arise in the context of social media and celebrity and influencer endorsements and partnerships, including use of music in social media and livestreams, celebrity use of photographs taken by paparazzi, questions of copyright authorship and ownership in collaborations, use permissions and implied licenses, embedding of social media posts, and related risk mitigation and dispute resolution strategies.


Erica Carter

Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs, Sesame Workshop

John Quinn

Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

Gabriel Fleet

Shareholder, GreenbergTraurig LLP

Sabina Vayner
Of Counsel, GreenbergTraurig LLP

Friday, June 26
8:00pm ET 

Trivia Happy Hour

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