Speaker Bios

Danielle Aguirre

Danielle Malito Aguirre serves as NMPA’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She was recently recognized as a 2018 Billboard Women in Music Executive of the Year and in 2019 was inducted into the Billboard Women in Music Hall of Fame.

Danielle currently oversees all of NMPA’s legal, business and policy objectives. Aguirre now serves on the board of the newly created Mechanical Licensing Collective—established pursuant to the MMA—and has been integrally involved in the development and start-up of that entity. 

Prior to joining NMPA, Mrs. Aguirre was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP in Washington, DC. Originally from Long Island, she received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her BA from Georgetown University, and is a member of both the New York and District of Columbia bars.

Russell Bogart

Russell Bogart is Of Counsel at Kagen & Caspersen. He has extensive first-chair experience litigating complex commercial, employment, intellectual property, and bankruptcy cases throughout the country. Mr. Bogart has prevailed in more than twenty-five appeals focused on a broad range of subjects. He has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

Lindsay Bowen

Lindsay Bowen is Head of Podcasts and Entertainment Content Partnerships at Pandora. He is a recovering copyright litigator and advisor who is worried that this visit to his alma mater will trigger a relapse.  His unusual background, as a developer at IBM and as a theater producer and founder of The 24 Hour Plays, prepared him for his legal career at the intersection of expression and technology.  As an associate at Cravath and at Jenner & Block, Lindsay worked on big music content protection cases from LimeWire to Grooveshark, and represented major labels and artists too big to be named publicly.  As a partner at Cowan Debaets, in addition to litigating IP cases for some of the same artists, as well as for Getty Images, Alamy, and Cards Against Humanity, he added counselling in the emerging field of podcasting to his docket.  Timing is everything.  After beginning that firm’s groundbreaking podcasting practice, representing the leading companies and creators in the field, negotiating many first-of-their kind agreements, and generally making trouble in the industry, in late 2018, he joined Pandora. In addition to his law degree from Fordham, Lindsay has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alexia Bedat

Alexia Bedat is an Associate at Klaris Law. Alexia focuses her media and entertainment practice on pre-publication and pre-broadcast review of print, audio and audiovisual content; fair use review and IP licensing matters; negotiation and drafting of development, production and distribution agreements in the film, television and podcast industries; and, generally advising clients on the legal implications of developing technologies, including artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality.

Having obtained her law degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK, Alexia moved to New York to pursue her career in the United States and completed an LL.M. at Columbia Law School. There, she focused on First Amendment and media law, volunteered at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Law School. Prior to joining Klaris Law, Alexia worked as a law clerk at BuzzFeed, where she supported the news team. She has also worked with law firms specializing in media law in both London and Paris.

Annemarie Bridy

Annemarie Bridy is Copyright Counsel at Google. She is the Allan G. Shepard Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law (on leave). Dr. Bridy is widely published on topics related intellectual property and the regulation of innovation. Her primary scholarly and professional focus is copyrights and information networks. She is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and an Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. Dr. Bridy holds a JD from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, a PhD and an MA from the University of California at Irvine, and a BA from Boston University.

Greg Cram

Greg Cram is the Director of Copyright, Permissions and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public to be used to advance knowledge. He is responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices around the use of the Library’s collections, both online and in the Library’s physical spaces. Greg has helped steer projects through a maze of complex intellectual property issues, including the release of more than 290,000 high-resolution images of public domain collection items. Greg has represented the Library in advocating for better copyright policy and has testified before Congress and the United States Copyright Office.

Before joining the Library in 2011, Greg served as the copyright clearance consultant to Leadership Team Development, a business support company that organizes thousands of meetings, seminars and conferences. He also worked as a licensing associate at Sanctuary Records, a large independent record label. He is a graduate of Boston University and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts.

David Israelite

David Mark Israelite is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA).  Israelite is responsible for overseeing all aspects of NMPA’s operations, from legal strategy and implementation to government affairs and advocacy.  His tenure has produced landmark legal successes on behalf of publishers, groundbreaking industry collaboration in royalty rate agreements and raised the profile of the publishing community within the music industry. He successfully led the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) proceedings on behalf of music publishers and songwriters resulting in the largest royalty rate increase in CRB history. He also directed the drafting, negotiation and passage of the Music Modernization Act, the most significant update to music copyright law in multiple generations.

Israelite also serves as President of the NMPA S.O.N.G.S. (Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters) Foundation, an organization he launched in 2015 to support songwriters through funding educational programs, direct financial assistance and services, and through partnerships with like-minded institutions and organizations to enhance opportunities for music creators.

Israelite earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri in 1994 and received a B.A. in a double major of Political Science and Communications from William Jewell College in 1990. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, Missouri and Kansas Bars.

Israelite has been named to Billboard’s Power 100 multiple times and serves on several boards including the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Special Olympics DC. He is an avid fitness enthusiast, golfer and poker player and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.

Roy Kaufman

Roy Kaufman is Managing Director of both Business Development and Government Relations for Copyright Clearance Center. Prior to CCC, Kaufman served as Legal Director, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. He is a member of, among other things, the Bar of the State of New York, the Author’s Guild, and the editorial board of UKSG Insights. Kaufman also advises the US Government on international trade matters through membership in International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) 13 – Intellectual Property. He was the founding corporate Secretary of CrossRef, and formerly chaired its legal working group. He has written and lectured extensively on the subjects of copyright, licensing, open access, text/data mining, new media, artists’ rights, and art law. Kaufman is Editor-in-Chief of Art Law Handbook: From Antiquities to the Internet and author of two books on publishing contract law. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School.

Christopher Kenneally

Kenneally Chris

Christopher 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).

Lance Koonce

Lance Koonce is a partner at Davis Wright & Tremaine. He practices at the intersection of content and technology. He specializes in intellectual property and media, and he has two decades of experience helping clients analyze and successfully address the implications of emerging–and converging–technologies.

As a litigator, Lance has 20 years of experience trying complex IP, First Amendment, false advertising, and trade-secret cases in state and federal courts, including jury trials. He counsels clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies, in industries including publishing, music, television/film, advertising, consumer products, and software. Lance leads DWT’s cross-disciplinary blockchain practice and is a member of the firm’s artificial intelligence group. He writes and speaks frequently on IP and technology issues, including blockchain technology, AI, and digital privacy. He is the founder of the Creative Blockchain blog, co-chair of the subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Privacy of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s Legal Industry Working Group, and co-chair of the Law & Technology section of the New York County Lawyers Association.

Nancy Kopans

Nancy Kopans is Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of ITHAKA, www.ithaka.org, 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. 

David Leichtman

David Leichtman is the Founding and Managing Partner of 10-lawyer trial firm Leichtman Law PLLC.  The firm was founded in 2017 to provide efficient trial and dispute resolution services to its clients.  The types of matters David 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.

Mr. Leichtman served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts from 2009-2018 (where he is now Chair Emeritus), as the Treasurer of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (2018-2019), and has served on the IPO Copyright Committee for over a decade including several terms as its Vice-Chair.  He has been named a New York SuperLawyer every year since 2010.  In 2016, The New York Law Journal selected him as a Lawyer Who Leads by Example for providing crucial pro bono legal services in New York. He is also a fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective Trial Lawyer Honor Society, where he is also a founding member and the President-Elect of its Intellectual Property Institute.  He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan (where he serves on the National Council of the University Musical Society), an M.A. from Hunter College, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School (where he serves on the Board of Advisors of the Kernochan Center For Law, Media & The Arts).

Anne Kennedy McGuire

Anne Kennedy McGuire is a partner at Loeb & Loeb. She focuses on motion picture, television and digital media as well as traditional and branded entertainment. She represents clients in a wide variety of areas, including evaluating, negotiating and drafting talent, development, production and licensing agreements, primarily for non-scripted programming and documentary films. She regularly negotiates domestic and international distribution agreements for significant television and documentary film projects as well as music programs and specials. Anne also assists entertainment companies and advertisers in negotiating sophisticated product and brand integration and placement agreements. She counsels a broad spectrum of clients in the television and film industries, including writers, directors, producers and production companies.

Anne has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from New York University.

Joe Naylor

Joe Naylor is the President and CEO of ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers. Joe’s career spans more than twenty years in the design, development, operations, sales, and marketing of communications and internet-based services at eFax.com, j2 Global Communications, and WebMessenger. Joe holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and has completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.  Joe is currently serving as Chair of the Digital Media Licensing Association’s Technical Committee and Nominating and Elections Committee.  

Rina Elster Pantalony

Rina Elster Pantalony is Director of Copyright Advisory Services at Columbia University Libraries. She a copyright lawyer with more than 25 years experience working with cultural heritage institutions in Canada and the US on matters concerning the digital reproduction and distribution of collections and related materials.  For over ten years, she was faculty in the Moving Image Archive Preservation Program in the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she taught graduate courses in copyright law and policy. For the past five years, she chaired the Legal Affairs Committee of the International Council of Museums, representing ICOM before the World Intellectual Property Organization. She is published widely as an expert on intellectual property management practices for libraries, archives and museums.

John Raso

John Raso is  Senior Vice President, Client Services for HFA (The Harry Fox Agency, LLC).  John oversees the HFA teams who provide support to thousands of publishers and digital music providers. He was recently named one of Billboard’s Digital Power Players for the third consecutive year.

Since joining HFA in 2009, John has been responsible for improving the quality and responsiveness to tens of thousands of inquiries about royalties, licensing and copyright data from publishers and music users.  He has also directed the implementation of HFA’s Rumblefish administration services for online music and music video services, lyrics, guitar tablature and other new media opportunities.

Prior to HFA, John developed his experience in marketing, publicity and product management at several record labels including Atlantic, SST, MCA, Roadrunner and Live Nation Artists. John also produces HFA’s annual SXSW showcase and hosts a weekly radio show on Radio Free Brooklyn.

Bill Rosenblatt

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.

Maurice Russell

Maurice Russell is founder of  Media Rights Management (MRM), a music industry rights management consultancy. He currently advises the Mechanical Licensing Collective (“MLC”) in its implementation of the first statutory blanket licensing system for mechanical rights in the U.S. Maurice is providing administrative and operational expertise in order to help the MLC process billions of dollars in digital music royalty payments to music publishers and songwriters globally.

Maurice has a deep background in intellectual property rights management and helps his clients manage the industry’s growing licensing and data challenges. Prior to launching MRM, Maurice held senior roles in operations and strategy at the Harry Fox Agency, the nation’s premiere music rights agency. At HFA, he directed the development and launch of numerous licensing and royalty solutions to transition the company to the high-volume digital music market.

Maurice has served on advisory groups at the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, and he is a long-time participant in Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), the primary data standards body serving the global digital music industry.

Markus Rytinki

Markus Rytinki is a post-doc researcher at the Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Finland. His current work includes organizing workshops and lecturing on copyright-related issues for the creative industries at the Microentrepreneurship Center of Excellence (MicroENTRE). His doctoral thesis addresses the justifications of the duration of copyright, the revenue-generating models in the music business, and the availability of digital music in Finland. Hailing from the LIS field of studies, Rytinki conducts research on wide array of topics, such as successful operation models of creative microenterprises and availability of digital content via public services.

Frank Scibilia

Frank co-chairs Pryor Cashman’s Copyright, Music and Digital Media practice groups.  Frank represents content owners in all types of matters involving copyright law – including litigation, licensing, enforcement, clearance and due diligence – with a focus on digital issues.  Frank regularly handles and litigates complex copyright and related issues, especially those concerning the exploitation of music in the digital age. Frank also represents the Mechanical Licensing Collective (the “MLC”), the entity designated as the statutory licensing collective pursuant to the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”). Frank is consistently recognized as one of the country’s top copyright and intellectual property attorneys by The Legal 500 (which in 2019 named him one of the nine “Leading Lawyers” in the copyright area) and Super Lawyers.

Deirdre Silver

Deirdre Silver is Associate General Counsel (Global), VP of Legal, Research for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She is responsible for all aspects of legal work for Wiley’s global research publishing operations, including participating in shaping strategy, consulting and negotiating with respect to acquisitions, contracts, disputes, and publication ethics, and formulating policy on copyright. She is a member of the Board of the Copyright Clearance Center, a member of the STM Intellectual Property Committee, and previously worked at Sekani, Inc. and Proskauer Rose LLP.

Regan Smith

Regan Smith is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. 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.

Bhamati Viswanathan

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.

Margaret Wheeler-Frothingham

Margaret Wheeler-Frothingham is a managing associate in the New York office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Her practice covers all aspects of copyright and trademark litigation, as well as counseling, licensing and prosecution.

While Margaret represents clients across a broad range of industries, her practice has a particular emphasis on the music, media and fashion industries. Margaret litigates copyright infringement actions and royalty rate setting proceedings – including before the Copyright Royalty Board, where she obtained one of only two royalty rate reductions ever granted in that court. Margaret represents digital music services, as well as other content users in negotiations and disputes with record labels, music publishers, photographers and other rights holders.