Speaker Bios

Jonathan Band

Band JonathanJonathan Band helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients with respect to the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the PRO-IP Act, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and other federal and state statutes relating to intellectual property and the Internet. He complements this legislative advocacy by filing amicus briefs in significant cases related to these provisions.

Mr. Band is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and has written extensively on intellectual property and the Internet, including the books Interfaces on Trial, Interfaces on Trial 2.0, and Interfaces on Trial 3.0, and over 100 articles. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1982 from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985.

Nicholas Bartelt

Bartelt NickNick Bartelt is the Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Fordham IP Institute where his work focuses on researching IP law and policy, with an emphasis on copyright. In this role, he is primarily responsible for substantive legal projects including research and editorial work on amicus briefs, academic publications, and developing the IP Institute’s programming in other media. Before being appointed as Distinguished Senior Fellow, Nick previously served as the Assistant Director of the IP Institute where he was primarily responsible for organizing the Fordham IP Conference. Previously, as a teaching assistant, he developed curriculum for and taught EU IP and Advanced Copyright courses. As a student at Fordham Law School, Nick served as Symposium Editor for the Fordham International Law Journal and as an Associate Editor on the Fordham Moot Court Board. Nick holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA in English from Roosevelt University.

Erik Beijnoff

Beijnoff ErikErik Beijnoff works at Spotify on strategy and long term solutions for rights management in the music industry. Before joining Spotify, Erik was the founder and CEO of a consultancy firm, Devant. Devant had a central role in the creation of a company, Tunigo, that was the very first company that was acquired by Spotify. Tunigo was integrated into the Spotify services and renamed Browse, which is one of the services that until this day has had the most impact on the evolution of Spotify. Erik is furthermore specialized in blockchain technologies and is actively engaged in pushing for adoption of decentralized solutions built on these technologies in different industries and areas of society.

Dae Bogan

Bogan DaeDae Bogan is the Co-founder & CEO of TuneRegistry, a music and rights metadata management platform with streamlined registrations to music rights organizations and data services, and the Founder & Chief Researcher of Royalty Claim, an online database of unclaimed royalties and music licenses powered by the Royalty Claim Initiative.

Dae also engages in the music industry as an Innovation Fellow at the UCLA Center for Music Innovation, a member of Berklee College of Music’s Open Music Initiative, a member of the Music Industry Research Association, a member of the Recording Academy (The GRAMMYs) Advocacy, a member of the Music Business Association, the organizer of the SoCal Music Industry Professionals, and a SXSW Music Mentor.

Dae holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A. in Music Industry Administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

Andrew Bridges

Bridges AndrewAndrew Bridges is a partner in the San Francisco and New York offices of Fenwick and West. His global practice is dedicated to trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and strategic counseling in high stakes matters for Internet, technology and consumer-focused companies with respect to new business models, media, technologies and communications platforms. Considered a thought leader on cutting-edge legal issues, he has 25 years of complex litigation experience in copyright, trademark, advertising, trade secret, consumer protection, unfair competition, licensing, and other commercial law disputes. In addition, Andrew is a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and companies on their branding and trademark portfolios. He also oversees the management of global portfolios and the coordination of foreign litigation matters for innovators and companies around the globe.

Before joining Fenwick & West, Andrew was a partner and Vice Chair of the firmwide Intellectual Property practice at Winston & Strawn. From 1991 to 2004, he headed the Trademarks and Advertising Practices Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He holds a BA from Stanford, an MA from Oxford, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Joe DeMarco

DeMarco JoeJoseph V. DeMarco is a partner in the law firm of DeVore & DeMarco LLP, where he specializes in litigation and counseling in complex matters involving information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions, on-line fraud, and the lawful use of new technology. He served as lead counsel for Elsevier in its copyright lawsuit against Sci-Hub.

From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco served an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPs) Program, a group of prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cybercrime laws and intellectual property offenses. In 2001, Mr. DeMarco served as a visiting Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C.

Since 2002, Mr. DeMarco has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the upper-class Internet and Computer Crimes seminar.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. DeMarco was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he concentrated on intellectual property, antitrust, and securities litigation. He holds a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law and a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Daniel Dewar

Dewar DanielDaniel Dewar is Founder and CEO of Paperchain, an asset management & royalty administration platform built to scale for new digital music economies. After working as a freelance record and mix engineer in Brisbane, Daniel moved to New York City where he worked as a sound designer in the film & television industry. While in New York, he transitioned to digital strategy and marketing roles before moving back to Australia in 2013.

After working in digital production, Daniel headed up the marketing & strategy team at one of Australia’s leading data and analytics agencies, leading the agency’s transformation from a consultancy to a marketing technology company.

James Grimmelmann

Grimmelmann James.jpgJames Grimmelmann is a Professor of Law at Cornell Tech in NYC. bHe studies how laws regulating software affect freedom, wealth, and power. As a lawyer and technologist, he helps these two groups understand each other by writing about copyright and digitization, the regulation of search engines, privacy on social networks, and other topics in computer and Internet law.

He is the author of the casebook Internet Law: Cases and Problems, now in its fifth edition, and of over forty scholarly articles and essays. He has written for Slate, Salon, Wired, Ars Technica, and Publishers Weekly. He is also a regular source of expert commentary for major news media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and All Things Considered. He and his students created the Public Index website to inform the public about the Google Books settlement.

Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Grimmelmann served as a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He previously taught at New York Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to law school, he worked as a programmer for Microsoft. After graduation he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then as a Resident Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale. He has an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Paul Jessop

Jessop PaulPaul Jessop is founder and director of County Analytics Ltd, an independent consulting firm named for his 400 year old home and office in rural England – County Cottage.

County Analytics has a diverse range of clients in the media, entertainment and electronics industries, where it gives advice on strategy, market positioning, and the creation and exploitation of industry standards. Paul is known for facilitation and consensus building and has a tight drafting style widely exploited in specification writing.

After a career in engineering and strategy with British Telecom, Paul was for 13 years CTO at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and subsequently at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He continues his work as Executive Director of the US Registration Agency for the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) under contract to RIAA and represents the recording industry’s interests in ISRC and other identifiers at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Paul acts as Technology Adviser to the International DOI Foundation, which supervises the Digital Object Identifier, working closely with its Registration Agencies working in diverse fields and focusing on new applications and standardisation issues. He works with the board of the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI-IA) focusing on bringing robust name identification to the entertainment industries.

Christopher Kenneally

Kenneally ChrisChristopher Kenneally is Director, Business Development at Copyright Clearance Center. He develops content and programming covering issues facing the information industry. He also works with his Business Development colleagues to help the company attract new customers and achieve greater penetration in existing markets. Kenneally is host and producer of CCC’s weekly podcast series, “Beyond the Book.”

As a freelance journalist, Christopher Kenneally reported on education, business, travel, culture and technology for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The Independent of London, among many other publications. He also reported for WBUR-FM (Boston), National Public Radio, and WGBH-TV (PBS-Boston). He is author of “Massachusetts 101” (Applewood Books), a history of the state “from Redcoats to Red Sox” (www.mass101.com).

Ed Klaris

klaris-edEd Klaris is the Managing Partner of Klaris Law, a media and intellectual property law firm, and he is C.E.O. of Klaris IP, a consulting and managed services firm specializing in intellectual property rights and royalty management. Ed has been an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School where he teaches media and intellectual property law. He is Senior Advisor to Desilva & Phillips, a premiere media investment bank. He is an advisor to the board of YaBeam, and Vos Digital; and serves on the Communications Committee of Human Rights Watch.

For more than eight years, Ed was Senior Vice President of Assets & Rights at Condé Nast, where he led a group of about 50 people managing and monetizing all of the company’s media assets worldwide. Ed was General Counsel of The New Yorker for more than six years; he was Media Counsel at ABC, Inc.; and he started his career defending media and entertainment companies against libel, privacy, newsgathering, copyright, and other claims in courts around the country. Ed was the Chair of the Communications Committee of the NY State Bar, and was Chairman of the Board of Pilobolus Dance Theater for thirteen years.

Nancy Kopans

Kopans Nancy

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, and JSTOR. Recently ITHAKA enhanced its mission through a strategic alliance with Artstor, facilitating access to its services for researchers, teachers, and students worldwide.

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 Board of Advisors of 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.

David Leichtman

Leichtman DavidDavid Leichtman is Founding Partner at Leichtman Law PLLC. David has tried a variety of complex matters in federal and state courts around the country. The types of matters he handles include patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark cases, as well as other kinds of business litigation involving antitrust, environmental, contract, fraud, and other business torts. He has significant experience in a variety of industries including: life sciences; media, entertainment and information; consumer electronics; and the retail sector. His work also involves monetization of IP portfolios.

David also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts, Inc., on the IPO Committee on Copyright Practice, and on the NYIPLA Committees on Patent Litigation and Inventor of the Year. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from Hunter College, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

John Lunseth

Lunseth JohnJohn Lunseth is a partner at Briggs and Morgan in Minneapolis. He has been a first-chair trial lawyer for over 35 years. He handles primarily large, complex intellectual property and commercial cases. John has been lead counsel in over 100 matters litigated in more than 30 Federal District Courts throughout the United States, and has handled and argued appeals in the 7th and 8th Circuits and the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota and Wisconsin State Courts. He has tried several cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. He was involved in a case exonerating a medical device manufacturer from patent infringement claims brought by a major competitor. He also represented a container filling equipment manufacturer/patentee in defense against claims of invalidity, obviousness and inequitable conduct, upheld on appeal to the federal circuit.

John holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

John Mancini

Mancini JohnJohn Mancini is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and co-chair of the firm’s Global Intellectual Property practice. John’s practice focuses on litigating copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and patent disputes in courts across the country, as well as before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), United States International Trade Commission (ITC), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the USPTO Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB). John has successfully tried numerous complex intellectual property cases to successful bench and jury verdicts, all as lead counsel. In his practice, John has represented both public and private companies in a wide range of industries, with a particular concentration on the representation of technology, media and telecom companies, such as Google, YouTube, Motorola Mobility, Spotify, and AT&T, as well as leading global consumer brands, such as Nestlé, Nespresso, Pernod Ricard, Goya Foods, and Mattel.

John has been at the forefront of numerous disputes that have shaped intellectual property law, especially disputes involving the convergence of new media, the Internet and new technologies. John has particular expertise in the digital media space and has represented digital distribution companies in various disputes with content owners, particularly in the music industry.

Richard Mandel

Mandel RichardRichard Mandel is a partner at Cowan Liebowitz & Latman focusing on intellectual property matters, including copyright, trademark, unfair competition and Internet-related issues. He is lead counsel for plaintiffs in Capitol Records v. ReDigi. Prior to joining Cowan Liebowitz, Richard was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He received his BA summa cum laude and JD degrees from New York University.

Hillel Parness

Parness HillelHillel Parness is a highly-experienced commercial litigator and trial attorney. Over the course of his career, Hillel has represented a broad spectrum of domestic and international companies and individuals in a variety of industries. His clients have included major financial institutions, rapid-growth and technology-leveraged enterprises, and large entertainment and media companies. In particular, Hillel has substantial experience assisting clients with issues arising from the intersection of emerging technology, media and the Internet, as well as matters arising from the complex business activities of both traditional and Internet-based businesses.

Hillel also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Columbia Law School, where he has been teaching Internet and intellectual property topics since 2002. He is frequently called upon for his views on issues relating to complex litigation, intellectual property and the Internet, and he is a regular writer, speaker and commentator on these issues

Rob Potter

potter-robRob Potter is an intellectual property litigation partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.  Rob’s practice is centered around trademark and copyright litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on anti-counterfeiting and Internet infringement. He routinely litigates disputes in courts around the country and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and advises clients on intellectual property matters across a wide range of industries including entertainment, luxury goods, and technology. Rob also has experience in obtaining and enforcing temporary and preliminary injunctive relief in trademark and anti-counterfeiting matters.

Rob received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is active in various professional associations, including serving as the Co-Chair of the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.  Rob lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 2 year old son.

Neeta Ragoowansi

Ragoowansi NeetaNeeta Ragoowansi is Co-Founder and Senior Vice-President, Business Development & Legal Affairs for NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange), the first-ever online platform for direct licensing of performance, mechanical and sync rights between music copyright owners and music users (e.g. radio, TV, streaming services, etc.). Neeta has been an entertainment attorney and music business professional for over 25 years, and was head of artist-label relations/legal counsel for US digital performance rights organization SoundExchange; President of Women in Music; VP of Biz Dev/Legal for Tunesat; and Assistant General Counsel for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Neeta is also a consultant to the finance/investment sector re: the music industry and rights management, and a strategic advisor, business development resource and legal counsel to entertainment and tech industry clients. Neeta serves on the boards of Women in Music and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries; is an active member and former board member (over 10 years) of The Recording Academy (Grammy organization), New York chapter; has served as panelist/speaker at over 200 music industry conferences; has a B.A. from Emory University and J.D. from American University, and is an actively performing musician and award winning songwriter.

Bill Rosenblatt

Rosenblatt BillBill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm.  He is program chair and co-producer of the Copyright and Technology conferences.

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 brings content providers strategic expertise in areas such as digital copyright technologies, content management and distribution, and content business models. He advises technology vendors on market strategy, business development, product management, and IP monetization.  He has helped design a global standard intellectual property identifier as well as digital rights management schemes for music and e-books.

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.

Before founding GiantSteps in 2000, Bill held technology management positions in the publishing industry as well as digital media market strategy and consulting roles in the computer industry, and he was CTO of an e-learning startup at Columbia University. He began his career as a software engineer in data communications at Motorola.

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 on digital copyright 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 trustee of Princeton Broadcasting Service, Inc., which operates WPRB-FM, the student-run commercial radio station at Princeton.  He is a member of the Book Industry Study Group, the Open Music Initiative, and the Copyright Society of the USA.

Drew Silverstein

Silverstein DrewDrew Silverstein is the CEO and co-founder of Amper Music. Founded in 2014, Amper Music combines the highest levels of artistry with groundbreaking technology to empower anyone to create unique, professional music, instantly. Prior to Amper Music, Drew was an award-winning composer, producer, and songwriter for film, television, and video games in Los Angeles at Sonic Fuel Studios. Drew graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he studied Music Composition and Italian, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Michael Simon

Simon MichaelMichael S. Simon is the President of Rumblefish and CEO of the Harry Fox Agency LLC, premier music rights management organizations, which are subsidiaries of SESAC Holdings, Inc. Previously, Simon was HFA’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer.

Since joining HFA in 2001, Simon has directed and expanded the company’s traditional mechanical licensing business by creating its Rumblefish rights management service (formerly known as Slingshot) which provides customized, outsourced solutions for music distributors and rights holders. His team has developed groundbreaking licensing arrangements for online music and music video services, ringtones, lyrics, guitar tablature, background music, digital jukeboxes and other new media opportunities.

Simon received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law and his Bachelor of the Arts, magna cum laude, from Amherst College.

Joshua Simmons

Simmons JoshuaJoshua Simmons is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He focuses his practice on intellectual property, including copyrights, patents, publicity rights, trademarks, and trade secrets. His practice includes litigation and counseling, as well as regulatory and legislative policy. He also advises clients on intellectual property matters that intersect with antitrust, computer and Internet fraud, false advertising, privacy, and social media issues, along with contract, licensing, and domain name disputes.

In addition to maintaining a full-time litigation practice, Mr. Simmons is a frequent speaker—including guest lectures at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and Northwestern University—and has authored numerous articles on emerging trends in intellectual property. He is an active member of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section, chairing its Copyright Law Reform Task Force and serving on its Council, as well as being the immediate past chair of the Copyright Division. He also is an adviser to the Uniform Law Commission’s Right of Publicity Study Committee, and a member of the Copyright Society of the USA’s Advisory Board. In addition, he is an appointed member of the IPO Software Related Inventions Committee, and the INTA Internet Committee.

He was part of the Kirkland team that was honored by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for its work on “Milestone Case of the Year” Oracle America v. Google. He also is a member of the York Theatre Company’s board of directors.
He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the Carroll G. Harper Prize for achievement in intellectual property, and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Kate Spelman

spelman-katherineKate Spelman is a partner at Lane Powell in Seattle. She has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic advice, design and implementation counsel for large, mid-sized and startup companies on copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent matters, both nationally and internationally, and has a special focus on media, licensing and mass digitization issues.

She advises clients on the development, production, sale and defense of work related to emerging content distribution strategies and challenges, special issues in news reporting including repurposing content, and firewall and paywall configuration in light of changes in the fair use defense.

Kate is a frequent speaker on the progress of emerging copyright and digital publishing issues, and has advised authors, nonprofit and for-profit publishers, and internet service providers on the new language and provisions of the changed, global distribution environment. She is also a member of the advisory group for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Copyright project.

Jonathan Taplin

Taplin JonathanJonathan Taplin is an author and Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy was published by Little, Brown & Co. in April 2017. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film, Mean Streets that was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including The Prize and Cadillac Desert for PBS) and 12 feature films including The Last Waltz, Until The End of the World, Under Fire and To Die For.

Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He was a Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism from 2003-2016. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently sits on the boards of The Authors Guild, Americana Music Association and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Council on Technology and Innovation. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Time.com, The Huffington Post, Medium and Talking Points Memo.

Bill Trippe

trippe-billBill Trippe is president of New Millennium Publishing, a consulting firm. Bill has held technology positions at the MIT Press, Houghton Mifflin, and Ziff Davis, where he led the implementation of content management, digital publishing, workflow, DRM, and backend systems. In addition, he is a long-time industry analyst and consultant and has worked with publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Pearson, and Scholastic, as well as association and society publishers such as ASTM International, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the American Medical Association. Bill advises clients through all phases of the publishing lifecycle and typically plays an active
part in determining how technology will help publishers develop products for print, the Web, and other online channels.

Barry Werbin

Werbin BarryBarry Werbin is counsel at Herrick, Feinstein LLP and a member of its Intellectual Property Group. Barry concentrates his practice in intellectual property, online issues, and technology. Barry handles infringement and other complex commercial litigation and a broad variety of IP-related transactional matters.

Barry is currently Co-Chair of the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Barry was Chair of the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association 2010-2013. From 2010 – 2013 he was a member of the INTA’s Online Use/Web 2.0 Working Group, which studied brands in social media. Barry serves as Co-Chair of the NY State Bar EASL Section’s Publicity, Privacy and Media Committee, and is a member of the EASL Executive Committee. Barry also lectures on copyright law protection for software at St. John’s Law School and Brooklyn Law School, and has lectured on Internet law at Parsons School of Design.

From 2013 through 2016, Barry was recognized as a top intellectual property litigation lawyer by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, which rates outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Huub van de Pol

Van de Pol HuubHuub van de Pol is CEO of Icontact, a Netherlands based software company specialised in bespoke applications for publishers, distributors, retailers and public libraries. In 2006, Icontact developed a digital watermarking technique for MP3 audiobooks. This watermarking and personalization system became known as BooXtream. In 2010, Icontact introduced an improved version of BooXtream for ePub ebooks, offered as an independent web service. BooXtream is used by hundreds of small, medium sized and large, international publishers and web shops world wide. They choose eBook watermarking in favor of the traditional DRM methods. BooXtream was winner of the Publishers Weekly International Book Industry Technology Supplier Award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2015.

G-J van Rooyen

VanRooyen G-JG-J van Rooyen is CEO of Custos Media Technologies, which provides a globally effective way to combat media piracy by tracing a leak to its source in a decentralized way using cryptocurrency. G-J holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering, specialized in signal processing. He founded and directed the MIH Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary research lab focused on pre-commercial MediaTech applications at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013 and advises businesses and government agencies on blockchain regulation and blockchain for media.