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Jon Berroya is Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Internet Association, and is responsible for leading the association’s legal, public policy, and regulatory initiatives. Jon was appointed interim President & CEO by Internet Association’s Board of Directors in March 2020. Berroya has been working on technology-related legal and policy issues for over 20 years, during which he has advised companies on a wide range of issues, including: data security/privacy, intellectual property enforcement, and export controls. Before joining IA, Berroya was the Entertainment Software Association’s Vice President, Legal Affairs. Berroya also previously worked for BSA | The Software Alliance, he served as in-house counsel to Yahoo! Inc., and he also represented prominent social networking sites, Internet portals, and ISPs as a private practitioner. Berroya began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.


Erica Carter is Counsel in the Legal and Business Affairs department at Sesame Workshop, the media and education nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. Prior to working at Sesame Workshop, she worked in-house as an attorney for The Collective, also known as Marc Ecko or Ecko Unlimited.  Currently, her work includes handling and negotiating Sesame Workshop’s legal matters and agreements in connection with its social media, marketing, communications, events, productions, television shows, collaborations, licensing, clearances, intellectual property rights enforcement, employment matters, company policies, and nonprofit activities. Carter serves as the Assistant Treasurer on the board of the Copyright Society of the USA, sits on the junior board of the non-profit Youth Represent, is an active mentor in PALS (Practicing Attorneys for Law Students) and a member of the New York City Bar Association. In March of 2019, she received the Brooklyn Law School Entertainment and Sports Law Society Alumni of the Year Award for her inspiring accomplishments in entertainment law. Carter earned her J.D. and Certificate in IP, Media, and Information Law in 2015 from Brooklyn Law School. While in law school, she was the recipient of the Gwen J. Greenberg Prize and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Negotiations. She received her B.A. in Communications, with a minor in Public Relations from Belmont University in December of 2010, where she was an NCAA Division I student-athlete. She is admitted to the bar of the State of New York.


Robert W. Clarida, a partner at the New York firm of Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise, having received professional peer recognition for the field of intellectual property in Chambers USA (2010), "New York Superlawyers" (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), American Lawyer's "Best Lawyers in the U.S." (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and for the field of copyright in Legal 500 (2007). He advises clients in a wide range of industries including music, software, film, photography and new media. He has also litigated a number of high-profile copyright matters and argued significant federal appeals in several Circuits. He is admitted to the New York bar, and to the federal bars of the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Michigan, and to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Seventh and Ninth Circuits. Clarida speaks and writes frequently on copyright issues, and is a principal presenter of the annual review of copyright decisions published each year by the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA. He 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, is a past member of the AIPLA Board of Directors, the past chair of the Copyright and Literary Property Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a past Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and has served as an expert reviewer for the Multistate Bar Exam in the intellectual property area. He earned his J.D. in 1993 from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, after earning a Ph.D. in music composition from SUNY Stony Brook in 1987, and receiving a Fulbright fellowship to the Musicology Institute of Gothenburg University, Sweden.


Kyle K. Courtney is the Copyright Advisor at Harvard University, working out of Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication.  He works closely with the Harvard community to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative is in its sixth year, and has spread beyond Harvard to reach libraries, archives, museums, and cultural institutions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington, and Rhode Island. He serves on boards and legal advisory committees for various law, library, and open access institutions including LawArXiv, the Buddhist Digital Resource Center, the American Law Institute's Restatement of Copyright, and the @EveryLibrary Super PAC. He presently teaches two sections of Legal Research as part of the first-year legal research and writing program at Harvard Law School. He also has a dual appointment at Northeastern University, teaching Cyberlaw: Privacy Ethics and Digital Rights and the Legal Writing Workshop for upper level law students. Kyle holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and a MSLIS. He is a published author and frequent speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, cultural institutions, and the law.


Gabe Fleet, a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, represents creative individuals, brand owners, digital media services, content studios and other entertainment companies in connection with a broad range of entertainment matters, intellectual property matters, commercial transactions and related regulatory compliance matters. His practice has an emphasis on bridging the gap between players in the entertainment industry and companies outside the entertainment industry, and on helping clients navigate the complex legal and business issues unique to the space where these two worlds intersect. Gabe’s practice involves facilitating the creation of original content and branded entertainment to be distributed via various new media platforms and used in connection with innovative advertising, marketing and promotional initiatives, as well as the licensing of music and other entertainment content on behalf of high-profile consumer brands and clients with cutting-edge digital entertainment services. Gabe also leverages his experience as a former professional musician and artist manager in his representation of recording artists, songwriters and other creative people, and has experience facilitating a wide array of transactions for such individuals both within and outside the entertainment industry.


Karen Frank  is a partner at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, where her practice covers numerous aspects of Intellectual Property law, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, internet, publishing and advertising law.  She works with clients across a variety of content fields, including the advertising, museum, food and beverage, publishing, fashion, financial services, consumer goods,  luxury goods and other industries. Karen is past president of the Copyright Society of the USA, former chair of the Copyright Society of Northern California, a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and a member of the American Law Institute.  She has been selected by her peers for inclusion over many years in Who's Who Legal: California, Trademarks chapter; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in America; has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer and Top Woman Lawyer; and was named Northern California Copyright Lawyer of the Year in 2017.  She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues, including for the Practicing Law Institute and other forums.


Alexander (Alex) Kaplan is a litigation partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, highly experienced in copyright, trademark, advertising, right of publicity, and trade secrets law. A seasoned courtroom lawyer, Alex has nearly two decades of experience litigating high-stakes cases in all of these disciplines, and in other complex commercial disputes.  Clients turn to Alex for his unique blend of litigation skills and comprehensive knowledge of IP law.  Outside of the courtroom, Alex provides daily counsel to his clients on legal questions that affect key business decisions. He is as adept in counseling clients on copyright law as he is advising on substantiation for advertising claims or the ins and outs of trademark protection.  Alex’s comprehensive IP expertise allows him to effectively and efficiently bring value to his clients as the first and only call they need to make on rights-related legal and business issues. Alex has represented many music, sports and entertainment clients in a wide variety of matters touching on all forms of copyrightable subject matter. He also represents media and publishing companies, both pursuing web-based piracy claims and defending against allegations of infringement. Alex has won multiple high profile cases on summary judgment, prevailing on the factually intensive issue of lack of substantial similarity. On behalf of Madonna, Warner/Chappell and Warner Music, he convinced the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the Sixth Circuit’s controversial Bridgeport decision governing liability for music sampling.  Alex has also successfully represented the following high-profile clients in copyright matters:  Lady Gaga, U2, SONY Music, Universal Music Group, the NFL, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Elsevier, and Lexis/Nexis. Alex speaks and publishes frequently on noteworthy issues in copyright law and has been featured in a Planet Money podcast discussing the knotty issue of fair use. Alex earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Law and Policy (1999-2000), and B.A. magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany.


Robert J. Kasunic is Associate Register of Copyrights and director of registration policy and practice for the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective April 16, 2013. In his position, Kasunic heads the Office of Registration Policy and Practice, which administers the U.S. copyright registration system and advises the Register of Copyrights on questions of registration policy and related regulations and interpretations of the copyright law. He is a recognized copyright expert and is one of four legal advisors to the Register. Kasunic joined the Copyright Office in 2000 as a senior attorney in the Office of General Counsel and was appointed deputy general counsel in 2010. Prior to arriving at the Office, he worked in private practice on a variety of copyright, trademark, and cyberlaw issues. He has been an adjunct professor of law for over twenty-five years and currently is an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and was previously on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Kasunic earned his JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his BA in political science from Columbia University.


Thomas Kjellberg practices in the areas of copyright, right of publicity and trademark law as a Partner at Cowan, Leibowitz & Latman. 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 Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica LLC, 799 F.3d 468 (6th Cir. 2015) (cert. Granted 2016) (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.


Nancy Kopans is Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of ITHAKA,, a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher educational community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. ITHAKA has launched some of the most transformative and widely used services in higher education: Ithaka S+R, Portico, Artstor, and JSTOR. Kopans is a frequent speaker and has served on a number of industry committees and boards of trustees, including as Chair of the ABA Committee on Database Protection Legislation’s Subcommittee on Protection of U.S. Databases; the Section 108 Study Group; the Century Association Archives Foundation; and the Copyright Society. Kopans received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.A., and M. Phil. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University.


Jack I. Lerner is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, & Technology Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Jack works to find solutions to problems at the intersection of law and technology, particularly how technology law and policy affect creative expression and innovation.  He has written and spoken widely on copyright, privacy and other areas of technology law.  Professor Lerner is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.  In the Clinic, law students counsel and represent policymakers, artists, innovators, nonprofit organizations, and others on a range of IP and technology issues.  Among other accomplishments, under Professor Lerner's supervision students have obtained exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on behalf of a wide coalition of documentary filmmakers that is helping filmmakers exercise their fair use rights, and worked with policymakers in the developing world to conduct a major study of copyright limitations and exceptions among Pacific Rim economies. In 2016, Professor Lerner was named “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” for his work obtaining changing copyright law in ways that affect documentary filmmakers and authors nationwide. Read more about the award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association and served two terms as a Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. Before joining UC Irvine School of Law in 2014, Professor Lerner was Clinical Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, a fellow at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Since 2008, Professor Lerner has been Executive Editor of the award-winning treatise Internet Law and Practice in California (CEB). Among Professor Lerner's recent publications are Secondary Copyright Infringement Liability and User-Generated Content in the United States, in Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability (Giancarlo Frosio ed., 2020) and Law Enforcement Investigations Involving Journalists, in National Security Leaks, Whistleblowers, and the Media (Paul Rosenzweig et al, eds.) (with Bar-Nissim). See more of Professor Lerner's publications at his UC Irvine profile. Professor Lerner received a B.A., with distinction, in English from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Fred I. Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge G. Thomas Van Bebber in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. He practiced IP law with the Palo Alto, Calif., firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.


Jennifer Pariser is the Vice President, Copyright and Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association.  She provides counsel on a wide range of intellectual property and other legal issues for the association, oversees the studios’ relationship with academic institutions and the filing of amicus briefs in significant copyright cases. She has worked extensively on DMCA notice and takedown matters and ran the Copyright Alert System. Prior to joining the MPAA, Jenny previously served as head of litigation at the RIAA and at Sony Music where she oversaw all litigation matters including significant lawsuits against online copyright pirates such as Napster, Grokster, Limewire as well as individual infringers. Prior to that she was an associate with the firms Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles Tenney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She graduated from New York University Law School where she was a member of the Law Review and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  She lectures extensively on copyright topics including at the Copyright Society of the USA, the American and New York Bar Associations, PLI and various law schools.


John Quinn is a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, an elite litigation boutique based in New York City. John was one of the co-founders of the firm in 2017, along with Roberta Kaplan, who is best known for her Supreme Court victory U.S. v. Windsor, which paved the way for same-sex marriage nationwide. John represents businesses and individuals in high-profile civil litigation matters and leads the firm’s efforts in a number of progressive public interest matters. Last year, John successfully defended Gigi Hadid when she was sued for copyright infringement by a paparazzo based on allegations that she posted a photograph of herself to Instagram. John also represents Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Amber Heard, and a number of other public figures, in connection with copyright, defamation, and other litigation matters. John’s practice also involves representing large tech companies including Airbnb and Uber, a global hedge fund, a prominent real estate developer, a popular theater producer, and a wide range of other commercial and individual clients.  John has also spearheaded the development of a massive fraud case against President Trump and his family and businesses, worked on multiple amicus briefs filed in the US Supreme Court in cases challenging various executive actions by the Trump administration, and represented a student-led LGBTQ+ pride organization in Starkville, Mississippi, in a successful constitutional challenge to the city’s denial of a parade permit—and then flew to Starkville to help lead the parade.  John was recently named Litigator of the Week by the American Lawyer, was selected by Super Lawyers as a 2018 and 2019 New York Rising Star in Business Litigation, and was named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2017.


Mary Rasenberger is the Executive Director of the Authors Guild and Authors Guild Foundation. Prior to joining the Guild in November 2014, Mary practiced law for over 25 years in roles that spanned private practice, the government and corporate sector, as a recognized expert in copyright and media law. From 2002 to 2008 Mary worked for the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress as senior policy advisor and program director for the National Digital Preservation Program. Immediately prior to coming to the Guild in late 2014, Mary was a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, and previously Counsel at Skadden Arps, where she counseled and litigated on behalf of publishing, media, entertainment, and internet companies, as well as authors and other creators, in all areas of copyright and related rights. Earlier in her career, Mary worked at other major New York law firms and for a major record company. Mary is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on copyright law and authors’ rights. She is on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section; an Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the USA; a founder of Copyright Awareness Week, and an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law, Copyright. Mary received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and her B.A. from Barnard College.


Bill Rosenblatt is President of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm. He is program chair and co-producer of the Copyright and Technology conferences. He is also adjunct faculty in the Music Business program at NYU. GiantSteps’ clients include content providers and digital media technology companies, ranging from early stage startups to multinationals, as well law and public policy entities and investment firms worldwide. Bill has served as an expert witness in several litigations related to copyright and digital media technologies. He has advised public policy entities on digital copyright and technology issues in the United States, Europe, and South Korea. Bill is author of the book Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology (Wiley, 2001), technical books published by O’Reilly Media, and several whitepapers, book chapters and journal articles on digital media and copyright. He has spoken at conferences on five continents and has guest lectured at various universities and law schools. Bill has degrees in computer science from Princeton and the University of Massachusetts, and continuing education in business and finance from NYU, Harvard, and USC. He is a member of the Book Industry Study Group (where he won the Industry Connector Award in 2019), Open Music Initiative, Music Business Association, and Copyright Society of the USA.


Catherine Zaller Rowland is Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education for the United States Copyright Office. In her position, Rowland oversees PIE as it provides authoritative information about the copyright law to the public and establishes educational programs. PIE publishes the copyright law and other provisions of Title 17; maintains a robust and accurate public website; creates and distributes a variety of circulars, information sheets, and newsletters, including NewsNet; responds to public inquiries regarding provisions of the law, explains registration policies, procedures, and other copyright-related topics upon request; plans and executes a variety of educational activities; and engages in outreach with various copyright community stakeholders. Rowland joined the Office in 2010 as attorney-advisor for the Office of the General Counsel. From 2012 to 2015, she served as senior counsel for policy and international affairs. In February 2015, Rowland was appointed senior advisor to the United States Register of Copyrights. In that position, she assisted the Register on a full range of policy, legal, and governance issues relating to the United States Copyright Office and its agency responsibilities. Her duties have included a wide range of statutory and regulatory functions, including assisting with policy studies and rulemakings, representing the United States as a member of intergovernmental delegations at trade negotiations, and co-chairing public hearings. Before joining the Office, she spent several years in private law practice in Washington, DC, where she represented a variety of companies in intellectual property matters. Rowland began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. N. Carlton Tilley Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Rowland earned her JD from William and Mary Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She earned her BA in political science from American University.


Joseph P. Salvo is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sesame Workshop, the home of Sesame Street, where he has responsibility for all Business & Legal Affairs of the organization as well as for Government Affairs. Prior to Sesame Workshop, Joe served as General Counsel of HiT Entertainment, an international children’s entertainment company that owns such pre-eminent pre-school brands as Barney, Thomas the Tank, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina, with responsibility for a combined Legal & Business Affairs team in NYC and London. Between 2012 and 2015, while serving as HiT’s General Counsel, he also served as Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Mattel, Inc., (which acquired HiT in February, 2012) with shared responsibility for the Mattel Legal & Business Affairs group.  Sesame Workshop, HiT and Mattel have been involved in all forms of audio and audiovisual production and licensing, including television, film, audio, digital services and home video, as well as licensing out brands for books, publishing and consumer products. Prior to becoming General Counsel to HiT, Joe spent 13 years working for a combination of Sony Music, Arista Records and Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where he was involved in a wide variety of contract, licensing and intellectual property issues and personally handled contract negotiations and drafting for such diverse artists as Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Yo Yo Ma and John Mayer. Joe started his career as a litigator at Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he specialized in copyright and IP litigation. He counseled many of the largest internet music service providers on international publishing and sound recording rights issues, including Apple, MySpace, Yahoo, AOL, Pandora, MediaNet and Sony, and coordinated the trial team for the UK Copyright Tribunal proceeding that set the first-of-its-kind UK publishing rates for internet distribution of music on behalf of a number of digital services. Joe was President of the Copyright Society of the USA from June 2012-2014 and has been an adjunct professor of law, teaching Entertainment Law at St John’s University School of Law since 2001.  He is a frequent lecturer at law schools, bar associations and colleges on copyright, entertainment law and entertainment law issues.  Joe is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and St. John’s University School of Law.


Regan A. Smith is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective May 27, 2018. In her position as General Counsel, Smith provides legal guidance to the various divisions and programs of the Office, including the national registration and recordation systems, and she is frequently called upon by congressional offices, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies for advice and assistance. She also has primary responsibility for the formation and promulgation of regulations and the adoption of legal positions governing policy matters and practices of the Copyright Office. Smith joined the Copyright Office in 2014 as assistant general counsel and advanced in 2015 to associate general counsel. She was named deputy general counsel in 2016. Before joining the Office, Smith spent several years in private practice in Chicago, where she represented a variety of clients in matters concerning copyright, technology, media, and related intellectual property issues. Smith earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She earned her BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan.


Maria Strong is the Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective January 5, 2020. Strong leads a 400-person workforce and directs the administration of important provisions of the United States Copyright Act, Title 17. Strong also serves as Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, directing a team that focuses on domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations. The Office of Policy and International Affairs represents the Copyright Office at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of copyright protection and enforcement, and provides regular support to Congress and its committees. Prior to her April 2019 appointment as director of PIA, Strong served as its deputy director since January 2015. Upon joining the Copyright Office in 2010, she served as senior counsel for policy and international affairs and also served as acting general counsel from April to July 2013. Before joining the Office, Strong spent nineteen years in private practice in Washington, DC, where she represented clients in the media, technology, and entertainment sectors and provided analyses and advocacy on global and domestic issues involving copyright law, enforcement, trade policy, and e-commerce. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. Strong earned her JD from George Washington University Law School, her MA in communications management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, and her BA in communication studies from UCLA.


Rebecca Tushnet is the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard College (1995) and the Yale Law School (1998). After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law for two years at Debevoise & Plimpton before beginning teaching, first at New York University (2002-04) and then at Georgetown University Law Center (2004-16). Her publications include Worth a Thousand Words: The Images of Copyright Law (Harvard L. Rev. 2012); Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Trademark Law and Cognitive Science (Texas L. Rev. 2008); and Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It (Yale L.J. 2004). Prof. Tushnet also published in the issue of the Copyright Society’s journal celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nimmer on Copyright treatise with her article, Performance Anxiety: Copyright Embodied and Disembodied, 60 J. Copyright Soc’y 1001 (2013). Her work currently focuses on copyright, the First Amendment, trademark, and false advertising law. Her blog, at, has been on the ABA’s Blawg 100 list of top legal blogs. Professor Tushnet helped found the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and she currently volunteers on its legal committee. She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings. Rules of Engagement, 107 Yale L.J. 2583 (1998).


Sabina Vayner, Of Counsel at GreenbergTraurig LLP, represents brand owners and creators across a broad spectrum of industries in trademark, copyright, and advertising litigation, enforcement, and counseling matters. She has experience litigating federal trademark, copyright, false advertising, and trade dress infringement actions, and regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Sabina additionally advises clients on a wide variety of issues to minimize the risk of disputes, including those involving copyright and trademark clearance and portfolio management, advertising review, social media, and right of publicity. Recently, Sabina gained valuable experience and insights into the demands on, and role of, in-house counsel while on a year-long, part-time secondment in the Entertainment Group (Consumer Advertising) of the world’s largest telecommunications company. Sabina has been recognized by the World Trademark Review as a leading trademark practitioner in the publication's annual WTR 1000 ranking (2016-2019). In 2017, she was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40,” and in 2014, she was selected as one of Georgia Trend magazine's “40 Under 40.” Sabina has also been recognized as a Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine from 2013-2018. In the community, she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Copyright Society’s Southeast Chapter, and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Region of the Anti-Defamation League. Sabina is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta, and was a member of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business Young Alumni Board from 2011-2015. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Sabina practiced in an internationally recognized Trademark & Copyright Team of an Am Law 100 firm.


Bhamati Viswanathan is an independent legal scholar. She was awarded an S.J.D. and an LL.M. by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A., cum laude, from Williams College. Bhamati has recently written a book entitled Cultivating Copyright: How Creative Industries Can Harness Intellectual Property to Survive the Digital Age (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Press: July 2019). Bhamati is passionate about educating creators and creative industry participants about the value and usefulness of copyright, and she is particularly committed to helping empower artists of color in the U.S. and the developing world. Bhamati is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA. She is also a Trustee of the Williams Asian and Asian American Alumni Network. She resides in Boston.


Michelle M. Wu is the Law Library Director and Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. Before joining the law faculty in 2010, Professor Wu served as Associate Dean for Information Services, Director of the Law Library, and Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law. During her tenure there, she also served as Interim Senior Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to that appointment, she worked at The George Washington University Law School and the University of Houston Law Center. While at Houston, she oversaw the disaster recovery processing following Tropical Storm Allison, including projects to renovate the library, rebuild the collection, and restructure services. She has served as chair of the AALS Committee on Libraries and Technology, the chair of ALL-SIS, vice-president of LLSDC and the editor of the CRIVSheet. She teaches, publishes, and speaks in the areas of copyright, intellectual property licensing, and information management.

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