Conference Program

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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

Copyright and Technology NYC 2020 is the eleventh 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 2020 will offer New York State CLE credit for 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
  • Margaret Wheeler-Frothingham, Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; co-chair, New York Chapter, Copyright Society of the USA
9:45 – 10:45 am Keynote Address

  • David IsraelitePresident and CEO, National Music Publishers Association

Technology Track

11:00 am – 12:00 pm The Music Modernization Act: Implementation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective

  • Moderator: Maurice Russell, CEO, Media Rights Management and MLC Consultant
  • Danielle Aguirre, EVP & General Counsel, National Music Publishers Association
  • Frank Scibilia, Partner, Pryor Cashman
  • John Raso, SVP Client Services, The Harry Fox Agency
  • Regan Smith, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Image Copyright Enforcement Technologies

2:00 – 2:30 pm Networking Break
2:30 – 3:30 pm AI and Copyright: Text and Data Mining

Law & Policy Track

11:00 am – 12:00 pm The Future of Digital Materials in Libraries

  • Moderator: Bhamati Viswanathan, author, Cultivating Copyright: How Creative Industries Can Use Intellectual Property to Survive the Digital Age
  • Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library
  • Rina Elster Pantalony, Director, Copyright Advisory Services, Columbia University Libraries
  • Nancy Kopans, General Counsel, VP and Secretary, ITHAKA
  • Markus Rytinki, Researcher, Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Licensing Issues for Non-Musical Audio

2:00 – 2:30 pm Networking Break 
2:30 – 3:30 pm Digital First Sale: The Law and the Market


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