Conference Program

January 24, 2017

Grand Hall, Kimmel Center, New York University

Copyright and Technology NYC 2017 is the eighth 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 2017 will offer New York State CLE credit for afternoon panels.

(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
  • Theo Cheng, Partner, Fox Horan & Camerini; co-chair, New York Chapter, Copyright Society of the USA
  • Rob Potter, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend; co-chair, New York Chapter, Copyright Society of the USA
9:45 – 10:45 am Keynote AddressA Perfect Storm: Technological Change and Market Power in the Entertainment Industries

  • Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, Carnegie-Mellon University; authors of Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment
11:00 – 12:00 am Research Presentation: Can Technological Copyright Protection be Effective?  Evidence from Book Publishing

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch

Afternoon Technology Track

1:15 – 2:15 pm Never Break the Blockchain: Blockchain Technology for the Music Industry

2:30 – 3:30 pm Money Changes Everything: Accountability and Transparency in Music Transaction Processing

  • ModeratorLarry Miller, Principal, Musonomics LLC; Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt
  • Dan Harple, CEO, Context Labs; Co-Founder, Open Music Initiative
  • Chris Harrison, VP Music Business Affairs, Sirius XM
  • Randy Grimmett, CEO, Global Music Rights
  • Colin Rushing, SVP and General Counsel, SoundExchange
3:30 – 4:00 pm Networking Break 
4:00 – 5:00 pm Locks and Books: Whither Digital Rights Management in Book Publishing?

Afternoon Law & Policy Track

1:15 – 2:15 pm Virtually Copyrightable: How Does Copyright Affect Virtual and Augmented Reality?

2:30 – 3:30 pm Circumventing the Future: The Fate of Section 1201

  • Moderator: Robert Levine, author, Free Ride
  • Eleanor Lackman, Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard
  • Raza Panjwani, Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge
  • Allan Adler, General Counsel & VP Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers
  • Jason Schultz, Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Technology Law & Policy Clinic, NYU Law School
3:30 – 4:00 pm Networking Break 
4:00 – 5:00 pm License Agreements: Art or Science?