Speaker Bios

Rob Arcamona

Rob Arcamona, Associate General Counsel, IP, Facebook

Rob Arcamona is an Associate General Counsel, IP at Facebook, Inc., where he manages a team of attorneys that address copyright intermediary liability issues, such as those arising from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the EU Copyright Directive, and similar laws around the globe. Among his responsibilities, Rob supports Facebook’s copyright management tool, Rights Manager, and regularly meets with copyright holders, public policy makers, and other stakeholders to discuss copyright issues. Prior to joining Facebook, Rob graduated from the George Washington University Law School, served as a law clerk to the Hon. Evan J. Wallach on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and was a Senior Associate at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Alexia Bedat

Alexia Bedat, Associate, Klaris Law

Alexia Bedat is a Legal Associate at Klaris Law, a boutique media, entertainment, technology and intellectual property law firm, and a Management Consultant for KlarisIP, a boutique consulting and managed services firm focusing on IP rights & royalties, digital asset management and metadata.

Alexia is passionate about the podcast/audio space and regularly advises podcast companies and creators on the development, production, distribution and monetization of their content. Her media and entertainment practice includes pre-publication and pre-broadcast review of print and audiovisual content; fair use review and IP licensing matters; negotiation and drafting of development, production and distribution agreements in the film, television and audio industries; and, generally advising clients on the legal implications of developing technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, NFTs, and VR & AR.

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.

Marta Belcher

Marta Belcher, General Counsel and Head of Policy,, Protocol Labs

Marta Belcher is the General Counsel and Head of Policy at Protocol Labs and the Board Chair of the Filecoin Foundation and the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web. She also serves as special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Marta is a pioneer in cryptocurrency law and has spoken on the topic around the world, including in U.S. Congress, European Parliament, the New York Senate, the OECD, and in Davos during the World Economic Forum. Marta has drafted amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. appellate courts for high-profile public interest organizations, including EFF, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge, the Cato Institute, the National Consumers’ League, Project Gutenberg, and the Blockchain Association. Marta has been recognized twice by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer awards, was named to Law360’s list of Top Attorneys Under 40, and was #18 on CryptoWeekly’s list of Most Influential Women in Crypto.

Conal Byrne

Conal Byrne is the Chief Executive Officer of the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group, which includes the company’s fast-growing and high-profile podcasting business and #1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, as well as the industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service; the company’s digital sites, services, newsletters and programs; and its digital advertising technology companies, including Jelli, RadioJar, Unified, Voxnest and the recently-announced Triton Digital acquisition, upon its completion.

Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Byrne was President and CEO of Stuff Media, Inc., home of the incredibly popular HowStuffWorks (HSW), which pioneered the podcast space with leading shows including “Stuff You Missed in History Class” and “Stuff You Should Know.”  Byrne joined iHeartMedia when the company acquired Stuff Media in October 2018.  Prior to Stuff Media, Byrne served as Senior Vice President of Digital Media for Discovery Communications, where he ran digital for all of Discovery’s U.S. networks’ sites and social platforms and led the launch of Discovery VR.

Yng-Ru Chen

Yng-Ru Chen, Founder and CEO, Praise Shadows Art Gallery

Yng-Ru Chen is the Founder and CEO of the Boston-based Praise Shadows Art Gallery, a hybrid space emphasizing exhibitions by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, a retail space for art books and lower-value works made by artists, and mentorship for young talent. She also oversees Praise Shadows Art Partners, which works closely with artists to develop opportunities in emerging models of creativity and entrepreneurship — exhibitions, commissions, brand partnerships, new technologies, original concepts that no one has ever tried before. She is an alumna of Williams College, Duke University, and Columbia University.

Rochelle Claerbaut

Rochelle Claerbaut, Senior Counsel, Neal & McDevitt LLP

When one of the world’s largest music publishers sued Rochelle’s family over termination notices filed in connection with famous music written by their ancestor (who was largely uncredited and undercompensated for his work), Rochelle knew she wanted to study copyright law if given the chance.  During law school, she served as a research assistant to her copyright professor and as an intern at the U.S. Copyright Office.  Since then, Rochelle has been practicing intellectual property law for 17 years, 9 of which were for her own firm.  She is currently Senior Counsel at Neal & McDevitt LLP. In addition to her law practice, Rochelle works as a music supervisor for film and television.  Her most recent project is Spike Lee’s NYC Epicenters 9/11 → 2020 ½.

Monica Corton

Monica Corton, CEO, Go To Eleven Entertainment

Monica Corton is the CEO & Founder of Go to Eleven Entertainment and the Go to Eleven Entertainment Music Royalty Fund. The company is a women led music publishing, artist services and branding/social media firm that focuses on signing, developing, and licensing rights for songwriters, artists and producers with a focus on female creators. Prior to starting the company, she was the President of Monica Corton Consulting, LLC, a full-service music consulting company that advised on music publishing, copyright, licensing, business strategy master licensing, and royalties. From 1991 to 2018, Ms. Corton held several positions including as Senior Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs and Licensing at the music publishing company, Next Decade Entertainment. Her clients included Boston, Harry Belafonte, Vic Mizzy (“Addams Family Theme”, “Green Acres Theme”), Sammy Hagar, the Spring Records master and publishing catalogs and many more. During her tenure at Next Decade, she was also a music supervisor for film, television, and Broadway productions. She is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, where she obtained two Bachelor-in-Music degrees, one in flute performance and the other in music education.

Nettrice Gaskins

Dr. Nettrice Gaskins, Assistant Director, Lesley STEAM Lab, Lesley University

Dr. Nettrice Gaskins is Assistant Director of the Lesley STEAM Learning Lab at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and the author of Techno-Vernacular Creativity and Innovation: Culturally Relevant Making Inside and Outside of the Classroom (MIT Press). Her work explores how to generate art using algorithms in different ways, especially through coding. She also teaches, writes, “fabs” or makes, and does other things.

She earned a BFA in Computer Graphics with Honors from Pratt Institute in 1992 and an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She received a doctorate in Digital Media from Georgia Tech in 2014. She has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels in the Boston Public Schools and at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Dr. Gaskins has worked at the Fab Foundation and is an artist-in-residence at the Autodesk Technology Center on behalf of MathTalk PBC, a group that creates public art that encourages adults and children to enjoy, explore, and talk about the math in their own backyards.

Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin, VP Digital Rights, Pex

Jim Griffin is Vice President, Digital Rights at Pex, where he is dedicated to the future of music and entertainment delivery and works to absorb uncertainty about the digital delivery of art.

Jim started and ran for a decade the technology department at Geffen Records (LA), was for the next decade President of Cherry Lane Digital (for Milt Okun in LA) and for three years President of Network Licensing at Warner Music Group (for Edgar Bronfman in NYC). While at Geffen, Jim led a team that in June of 1994 distributed the first full-length commercial song on-line, an Aerosmith track (Head First). Prior to Geffen he was an International Representative for The Newspaper Guild (DC).

Jim is co-founder of the Pho group. Named after a bowl of Vietnamese soup, Pho is an organization that meets for discussion-oriented meals in cities around the world, electronically linked by the Pho mailing list. Pho’s many thousands of readers enjoy dialogue on the digital delivery of art and the new economy in music, movies, books and all media. Jim testified in July 2000 before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its oversight hearing on file sharing and music licensing. He regularly moderates video and television shows on digital entertainment. He is often a keynote speaker or moderator at conferences and lectures at business schools. He also serves as an expert witness in digital entertainment, and has presented many Continuing Legal Education courses.

Deborah Mannis-Gardner

Deborah Mannis-Gardner, President, DMG Clearances

Deborah Mannis-Gardner — the “Queen of Sample Clearance” according to Billboard, Forbes, Midem, Music Week, Okayplayer, Variety, and more — is the go-to expert for global music rights clearances. After starting DMG Clearances, Inc. in 1996, Deborah’s sample clearance skills quickly became legendary, and she has cleared releases for artists including Drake, Tyler the Creator, DJ Khaled, Eminem, Pop Smoke, Logic, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, John Legend, Megan Thee Stallion, Big K.R.I.T., Brockhampton, French Montana, Big Sean, J. Cole, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and more.

Deborah has also handled music clearances for films by Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, and Richard Linklater; TV series such as Dave and Virginia Grohl’s “From Cradle to Stage” on Paramount +, as well as “The Serpent” and “#BlackAF” on Netflix; ad campaign clearances for Google, Ciroc, and Kmart; podcast music clearances for Dave Chappelle’s “The Midnight Miracle,” Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell’s “Broken Record,” and “The Actual Stretch and Bobbito Show”; video game clearances for Rockstar Games franchises such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption”; Grand Rights clearance for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation “Hamilton” and music clearances for its release on Disney+; and political campaign clearances for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign. Deborah also served as the award-winning music supervisor of HBO’s Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine docu-series “The Defiant Ones.”

Bernetta Hardy

Bernetta Hardy, Legal Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs, ViacomCBS

Bernetta Hardy is Legal Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs for ViacomCBS.  In this role, she leads negotiations across the portfolio of scripted and unscripted live events, television, digital and new media programming for ViacomCBS Digital Studios. Bernetta advises and collaborates with Business Affairs and Legal Affairs teams across the company, and she supports pertinent policies addressing the new distribution landscape.

Earlier in her career, Bernetta served as a Business & Legal Affairs Executive for Korn Ferry, NBCUniversal and 44 Blue Productions. She also practiced entertainment law at the boutique law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Bernetta earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she earned her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School. Benetta graduated Cum Laude from the  University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally, Senior Director of Content Marketing, Copyright Clearance Center

Christopher Kenneally is Senior Director of Content Marketing 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, Velocity of Content.

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).

Ron Martinez

Ron Martinez, Founder and Principal, Transium and Invention Arts

Ron Martinez is the founder of Transium, an NFT creation and commerce platform that extends the range and utility of NFTs with redeemable rights to goods, services, communications, and access, both online and off. Transium will be released Fall, 2021. He is also a pioneer in “limited edition digital objects,” as the principal inventor of the Virtual Property System, patented in 2000, a technology that is functionally equivalent in most ways to current blockchain-based Non-Fungible Tokens.

Ron is also founder and principal of Invention Arts, an invention, product development, and design firm engaged in the evolution of media, commerce, and intellectual property. Prior to Invention Arts, Ron served for four years as global Vice President, Intellectual Property Innovation for Yahoo!, where he drove and managed the development of hundreds of defensive patent applications and resulting product innovations. Over the course of his career, Ron has written, designed, or coded pathway books, interactive fiction, narrative simulations, graphic adventures, realtime massively multiplayer games, commerce systems, educational software, multiplayer live-action roleplaying games, and a number of others.

Based in San Francisco, Ron is an advisor to the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, whose mission is to apply art and technology to create social and civic impact through education, incubation and public events. He is also an advisor to the Content Blockchain Project, a Google-funded project of the Digital News Initiative, based in Berlin and Amsterdam.

Chelsea Kreps

Chelsea Kreps, Digital Agent, WME

Chelsea Kreps is a Digital Agent at WME, focusing on digital talent and podcast representation. Her extensive client roster includes top podcaster Bailey Sarien, Tyler Cameron, Watch What Crappens, RedHanded, Sinisterhood, and Rabia Chaudry. 

Chelsea graduated from the Marymount Manhattan College and started her career in the WME mailroom.

Bryson Nobles

Bryson Nobles, Co-Founder and CTO, Music Tech Works

Bryson A. Nobles is the co-founder and CTO of Music Tech Works, which creates insanely simple tools to facilitate synch music licensing. Started in 2019, the company’s focus is to grow the music sync market by organizing who owns the rights to what music and streamlining the process of acquiring a license for that music. Music Tech Works’ first product is rightsholder.io, a music copyright research platform with a database of more than 60 million songs – one of the largest rightsholder databases in the world. Nobles’ focus is on helping people solve problems with data and technology, and at Music Tech Works, he handles product development and interpreting data science.

Bill Rosenblatt

Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm focused on intellectual property issues in the digital age.  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 in the U.S., Canada, and Europe related to copyright and digital media technologies. He has advised public policy entities on digital copyright and technology issues in the U.S., 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.  He is a trustee of Princeton Broadcasting Service, Inc.; a member of the advisory board of the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing; and a member of the Book Industry Study Group, Music Business Association, and Copyright Society of the USA.

Ted Shapiro

Ted Shapiro, Partner and Head, Brussels Office, Wiggin

Ted Shapiro is Partner and Head of the Brussels Office at Wiggin. With over 25 years’ experience, Ted is recognised as a leading expert in international and European copyright law. His encyclopaedic knowledge of all things copyright and the content sectors as well as his commercial insights and deep understanding of the EU institutions, make him the go to adviser for industry organisations and companies navigating the complex legislative and regulatory environment at the international, EU and Member State levels. Ted joined Wiggin in January 2013 from the Motion Picture Association in Brussels, where he was the General Counsel for Europe. He is known for assisting clients on issues related to policy, litigation, compliance and commercial transactions. Ted is admitted to the bar of Massachusetts, the Brussels Bar and is a solicitor in England and Wales.

Lui Simpson

Lui Simpson, SVP Global Policy, Association of American Publishers

Lui Simpson is Senior Vice President for Global Policy at the Association of American Publishers (AAP). In this role, she directs the association’s engagement with the U.S. and foreign governments on copyright, technology, and international trade policy issues, provides analysis and guidance for the association and members on a variety of policy initiatives, and manages the association’s content protection and advocacy programs in key markets. She also serves as AAP’s representative to several domestic and international industry associations in pursuing shared policy concerns.  Lui has law degrees from the University of the Philippines and Temple University School of Law.

Bhamati Viswanathan

Bhamati Viswanathan is Affiliate Professor at Emerson College. 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 is the author of 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.