Conference Program

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fordham University School of Law, Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY

Copyright and Technology NYC 2019 is the tenth annual one-day conference that focuses on the dramatic and fast-moving influences that technology has on copyright in the digital age. We are the unique forum where technologists, attorneys, media industry people, and public policy decision makers get together in the same room for intelligent dialog over current hot topics related to copyright and technology.

Copyright and Technology NYC 2019 will offer New York State CLE credit for afternoon panels.

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(Agenda subject to change)

Morning Plenary Session

9:00 – 9:30 am Registration and Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 am Opening Remarks

  • Bill Rosenblatt, President, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies and Program Chair
  • Barry Werbin, Counsel, Herrick Feinstein; co-chair, New York Chapter, Copyright Society of the USA
  • Leia LeFay, Senior Counsel, Shutterstock; co-chair, New York Chapter, Copyright Society of the USA
9:45 – 10:45 am Keynote Address

  • Paul Goldstein, Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford University, author of Copyright’s Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox
11:00 – 12:00 am Plenary Presentation: The Open Music Initiative

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch

Afternoon Technology Track

1:15 – 2:15 pm Is 13 an Unlucky Number? Effects of the EU Copyright Directive

2:30 – 3:30 pm Content Ownership, Blockchains, and DRM

3:30 – 4:00 pm Networking Break 
4:00 – 5:00 pm Rational Approaches to Online Image Licensing

Afternoon Law & Policy Track

1:15 – 2:15 pm Copyright Office Updates: DMCA and MMA

  • Regan SmithGeneral Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Steve Ruwe, Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
2:30 – 3:30 pm The Future of Music Mechanical Licensing

3:30 – 4:00 pm Networking Break 
4:00 – 5:00 pm Copyright Liability for Online Service Providers 


Testimonials from previous conferences:

  • “I’ve attended quite a lot of copyright/rights oriented conferences at this point, and I have to say, the panels you create and speakers you get for C&T surpass the rest by a long shot in terms of diversity, background, and interest.” — Devon Weston, Digimarc
  • “I was reflecting on how you have created this impressive—and interesting—community of interest. There are so many important people there in your field and they have an interesting web of professional and personal relationships. I have to think it’s really valuable both for them and for folks like me who don’t have only a certain slice of expertise.” — Bill Trippe, MIT Press
  • “Copyright and Technology events offer a unique combination of both technical and legal insights that are difficult to find anywhere else. Especially at this critical phase of transformation in our industry, the intersection of these two areas is greater than ever before, so whether you are a lawyer wanting to understand technology, a technologist wanting to understand content licensing, or a content acquisition person stuck in between the two, this is a great conference to gain new understanding into the ‘anywhere, anytime, any device’ world we are living in today. For us as a sponsor, it has been a unique opportunity to reach all these key decision makers and influencers with our message on the importance of dynamic security for OTT and home networking.” — Christopher Schouten, Nagra
  • “[The] Copyright and Technology conference provided much food for thought, and some insight on the key challenges facing copyright in the highly mobile, cloud enabled, information intensive content usage scenarios of today and tomorrow.” — Jude Umeh, Capgemini