Speaker Bios

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm

Alberdingk Thijm Christiaan

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is a partner of bureau Brandeis in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He specializes in digital copyright, the liability of intermediaries, privacy and free speech issues. He is both a trusted advisor to his clients such as KPN, Netflix and eBay and an experienced litigator. Members of Parliament, both Dutch and European, call upon him regularly for advice on technology law matters. He is a frequent speaker and often appears on national television and in other media as a commentator on current legal events.

Besides his work as an attorney, he is a senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the author of a work of fiction. His debut novel ‘The Trial of the Century’ (“Het proces van de eeuw”) came out in 2011 and is currently running its seventh edition.

Bill Colitre

Colitre Bill

Bill Colitre is Vice President and General Counsel for Music Reports. He began his legal career in the Entertainment Department of Loeb & Loeb LLP where he was a founding member of the iLaw Group and later served as counsel to the firm of Altschul & Olin, LLP, the Roll International Corporation (parent company of Teleflora LLC, Fiji Water LLC, and other enterprises) and CBS Paramount Network Television Home Entertainment. Over the years, he has served leading artists (Diana Ross, Rob Thomas, Tenacious D), publishers (Warner/Chappell, Leiber & Stoller), labels (Universal Music Group, Ruthless Records), digital aggregators (CD Baby, INgrooves), music services (Sirius XM, SoundCloud, Pandora), producers (CBS Paramount, Netflix), and consumer products companies (American Greetings, QVC), among many others.

Mr. Colitre holds a BA in Communication from UC, San Diego and a JD from Loyola Law School, where he obtained First Honors awards in Computer Law and Internet Law, as well as the American Jurisprudence Award in Copyright.

Paul Fakler

Fakler Paul

Paul Fakler is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He draws upon two decades of copyright, computer, and music industry expertise to help streaming, media and software companies advance their business interests. Paul has especially deep experience in the music industry as it has adapted to fundamental changes brought by digital media.

He has litigated numerous high-profile copyright cases involving digital media, copyright and the Internet. He routinely represents digital music services, as well as other media and software companies, in negotiations and disputes with record labels, music publishers, and other rights holders. His clients in these ground-breaking cases have included MP3.com, Yahoo!, Veoh, MediaNet, Sirius XM Radio, Bill Graham Archives, and Music Choice.

Paul is one of the few attorneys with significant experience handling copyright royalty rate-setting proceedings, including proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board and the ASCAP and BMI rate courts. He obtained the only two royalty rate reductions ever granted by the Copyright Royalty Board (or its predecessors). Paul also routinely represents clients in bet-the-company copyright infringement litigation across many industries, often making new law on issues such as the DMCA safe harbor and fair use. Paul also advises on strategies for shaping copyright policy and represents clients’ interest before government entities that impact the copyright ecosystem, such as Congress, the Copyright Office, and the Department of Justice.

Tom Frederikse

Frederikse Tom

Tom Frederikse is a partner at Clintons Solicitors. Tom specialises in Digital Media and technology-related issues, working with Clintons’ Commercial/Corporate, Music and Brands groups. With extensive practical experience in media and technology, he works on a wide range of commercial and media matters and regularly deals with IP issues including content licensing, music publishing/PROs, trademarks and data protection. His clients include tech and digital content start-ups, aggregators, media agencies and creators. Tom spent 15 years as a music producer/engineer, amassing a large discography, before training at Bird & Bird and joining Clintons in 2005. He is dual-qualified as both a UK solicitor and a New York attorney.

Paul Goldstein

Goldstein Paul

Paul Goldstein is the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. A globally recognized expert on intellectual property law, he is the author of an influential five-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law and a one-volume treatise on international copyright law.  He has authored eleven books including five novels.  Some of his other works include Copyright’s Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox, a widely acclaimed book on the history and future of copyright and Intellectual Property: The Tough New Realities That Could Make or Break Your Business.  Havana Requiem, his third novel, won the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Mr. Goldstein has twice received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching.  In 2015 Mr. Goldstein was inducted by Intellectual Asset Management into the IP Hall of Fame, which honors those who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century.  He has for more than thirty years been of counsel at Morrison & Foerster and has been regularly included in Best Lawyers in America.

He has served as chairman of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel on Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information, has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright, and Competition Law in Munich, Germany and was a founding faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.

Peter Guglielmino

Peter Guglielmino is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has worldwide responsibility as CTO for IBM’s Media &Entertainment Industry.   In this capacity, he is responsible for developing the architectures that will serve as the basis for the IBM media offerings relating to media enabled Micro-Services infrastructures, digital media archives, secure content distribution networks and blockchain technology.

Peter works with IBM customers across the globe to drive business value from the application of technology to business issues.  Peter also works with IBM Research, the IBM Academy, and standards groups inside and outside IBM to better understand how these technologies can be applied to solve customer business challenges and drive innovation across all industries. 

Eric Hellman

Hellman Eric

Eric Hellman is Co-Founder and President of the Free Ebook Foundation. After 10 years doing physics research at Bell Labs, Eric got interested in electronic publishing, started an e-journal, started a company, built linking technology for libraries, sold that company to OCLC and worked there a few years, started blogging (at Go To Hellman), and then started working to make free ebooks work for libraries and everyone else. Eric’s believes that modern cryptographic tools must be widely deployed in the library and publishing industries to ensure digital privacy and security for all.

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 concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling for clients in the advertising, publishing, music, television/film, and consumer products fields, and has extensive experience analyzing the implications of emerging technologies. Lance also leads DWT’s cross-disciplinary blockchain practice consisting of over two dozen attorneys with a broad range of experience in multiple industries.  As a litigator, he has 20 years of experience trying complex commercial cases in state and federal court, including jury trials. Lance writes and speaks frequently on IP and technology issues, and is the founder of the Creative Block(chain) blog and co-chair of the subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Privacy of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s Legal Industry Working Group, as well as co-chair of the Law & Technology section of the New York County Lawyers Association.

Todd Larson

Larson Todd

Todd Larson is an IP/Media partner in Litigation Department of Weil Gotshal & Manges. He represents and counsels a wide variety of traditional and new media clients in connection with copyright infringement litigation, rate-setting litigation and trials before the ASCAP and BMI rate courts and the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), product development, and negotiation of music publishing and sound recording performance licenses.

Among his notable experience, Mr. Larson has served as a lead member of trial teams representing Sirius XM, Pandora and the Digital Media Association in several multi-week proceedings before the CRB to set sound recording performance rates for those companies, as well as on appeal before the D.C. Circuit. In previous rate-court cases, he helped background music service DMX secure the first ever “adjustable fee blanket license” from both ASCAP and BMI in consecutive trials in the Southern District of New York.

In addition to his role in cutting-edge music licensing litigation, Mr. Larson also regularly counsels clients – digital music services, social media providers (such as Facebook and Instagram), broadcast and cable television networks, background music services, and satellite and broadcast radio companies, among others – in a variety of intellectual property matters including the interplay between new product design, legal liability, safe-harbor protection, and music licensing requirements.

David Leichtman

Leichtman David

David 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.

Josef Marc

Marc Josef

Josef Marc is CEO and co-founder of Publica. Previous teams he was leading are DirecTV, Verizon FIOS TV, Archimedia Technology, acquired by GrayMeta. At Front Porch Digital, acquired by Oracle, he designed systems and operations that preserved and made digitally accessible the ten-year videotaped history of the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. His first technology job was in a startup that was acquired by Sony to form its broadcast systems integration company in what the media calls an aquihire today.

At Sony he managed teams building two Olympics broadcast centers for CBS, several Jumbotron control rooms including New York Times Square, and innovative entertainment and interactive television systems for Celebrity Cruises “cyberships.”

Josef’s first career was in music and that’s when he first learned how publishing and self-publishing work. He and a partner wrote, recorded, printed, sold and shipped their own music on vinyl records until the manager of The Police signed them to a publishing deal for his company.

Simon-Pierre Marion

Marion Simon-Pierre

Simon-Pierre Marion is CEO and founder of Scenarex Inc. He is an entrepreneur with a combined experience of over 20 years in the management of teams, projects, and budgets. In 2015, Simon-Pierre combined his passions for entrepreneurship, technology, and literature to bring his creativity into the domain of ebooks. The company’s mission is to bring innovation to the service of every author and editor, through a shared economy that protects their rights and ensures an equitable distribution of the revenues between every party. Scenarex has launched their first product, Bookchain®️ – providing authors and editors a way to protect and track their ebooks while giving their readers the possibility to resell them using smart contracts in a blockchain technology.

Steven Marks

Marks Steve

Steven Marks is Chief, Digital Business and General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Mr. Marks is part of the senior management team that develops strategy for industry-wide projects at the intersection of business, policy, legal and public relations aspects of the music industry.

Mr. Marks oversees the legal, litigation, business affairs, and technology departments at the RIAA. In this role, Mr. Marks represents the industry in many legislative and regulatory proceedings; leads negotiations for certain industry-wide licenses; coordinated industry legal strategy in MGM v. Grokster; and regularly represents the industry in public dialogues and policy debates, including providing testimony before government bodies.

Mr. Marks was chosen by Inside Counsel magazine as one of the Top 50 General
Counsels in the United States. Mr. Marks is a frequent speaker on licensing, technical and legal matters at industry conferences and events. He has also guest lectured on copyright law relating to music, including at Duke Law School and Georgetown Law School.
Mr. Marks graduated from Duke Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal. Mr. Marks received his B.A. from Duke University.

Paul Melcher

Paul Melcher is Managing Director and Founder of Melcher System, an international strategic consultancy firm for visual tech startups, Advisory Board member at the Plus Coalition and Clippn, and the founder of Kaptur Magazine, the first online publication solely devoted to the visual tech industry.

In previous roles, Mr. Melcher has been an instrumental executive at companies such as Digital Railroad, PictureGroup,  Hachette Filipacchi, Corbis, Gamma, and sold his company ImageDirect to Getty Images. He has more than 20 years of experience in visual content licensing, technology innovations and entrepreneurship within world-renowned image companies.He has been named by American Photo one of the “100 most influential individuals in American photography” and is the recipient of a Digital Media Licensing Association Award.

Vickie Nauman

Vickie Nauman is a strategic advisor to the Open Music Initiative at Berklee College of Music. She specializes in the intersection of technology and music, product/device integration, and international business development.  She founded the boutique consulting and advisory firm CrossBorderWorks and is busy with an ambitious portfolio of forward-thinking companies in tech, consumer electronics, finance and music.   A digital music pioneer, Nauman worked on licensing and product for one of the first legal digital services, MusicNet (RealNetworks JV); led strategic partnerships for connected device company Sonos; started and ran the US business for global music platform 7digital; and did digital music business in Europe and China as a consultant. She built one of the first DMCA-compliant services at taste-making Seattle station KEXP. She has an MBA through the London School of Economics, NYU-Stern, and HEC-Paris, in the executive program TRIUM. She is an advisor to UCLA’s Music Innovation Program.

Panos Panay

Panay Panos

Panos Panay is Vice President for Innovation and Strategy at Berklee College of Music, and the Founding Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). In his role at Berklee, Panos spearheaded the founding of the Open Music Initiative, which brings together over 200 leading music, media, technology industry organizations and academic institutions to create an open protocol for uniform identification of rights owners across the music industry.

Prior to Berklee, Panos was founder and CEO of Sonicbids, where he created the leading online platform for matching bands with music promoters, resulting in over 1 million new artist shows around the globe over a 13 year span. His awards include Fast Company’s “Fast 50”; Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500”; Mass Hi-Tech All Stars; and Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40”. He was named as one of Boston Globe’s Game Changers in 2017.

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.

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.

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 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, the Open Music Initiative, and the Copyright Society of the USA.

Steve Ruwe

Steve Ruwe is Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Copyright Office. Steve focuses on a variety of copyright issues, including statutory licensing, Copyright Royalty Board rate determinations, regulations, policy studies, and appellate litigation. Prior to joining the Copyright Office in 2018, Steve was an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Policy and International Affairs where he served on U.S. delegations in international negotiations and meetings, such as NAFTA re-negotiations, and treaty negotiations at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. His regional portfolio focused on the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Steve previously worked at the Copyright Office’s Office of the General Counsel from 2006 to 2016. Prior to joining the Copyright Office in 2006, he served as a legislative aide to Congressman Tom Davis. Before pursuing public service in the policy arena, he represented authors as a literary agent. He received his JD from George Mason University School of Law, and his BS from James Madison University.

Jeff Sedlik

Jeff Sedlik 2018, by Jeff Sedlik

Jeff Sedlik is the President and CEO of the non-profit PLUS Coalition. A Professor at the Art Center College of Design, Sedlik serves as a Director of both the Linked Content Coalition and the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing, and is the former President of the Advertising Photographers of America. Sedlik also serves on both the Creators Advisory Board and Academic Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance. An advertising photographer by trade, Sedlik works as a forensic expert witness in copyright and right of publicity matters, and as a consultant on digital asset management, image metadata and a various other intellectual property issues.

Joshua Simmons

Simmons Joshua

Joshua 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.

Regan Smith

Smith Regan

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

Barry Werbin

Werbin Barry

Barry 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.

David Wittenstein

Wittenstein David

David Wittenstein is a partner at Cooley, LLP in Washington, D.C. He handles copyright, trademark, and media law issues for cable operators, broadcasters, publishers, ISPs, and a broad range of other clients in the traditional and digital media industries and the technology sector. David counsels clients on their novel, cutting-edge business plans and initiatives, defends clients against claims of infringement, negotiates content licensing and technology transactions, and practices before the U.S. Copyright Office and the FCC. David represents some of the largest tech, media, and communications industry companies in the country, as well as many startup ventures.

David graduated from Haverford College and Duke University Law School, and was an adjunct professor for several years at Howard University Law School, teaching copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law.