Speaker Bios

Allan Adler

adler-allanAllan Adler is General Counsel and Vice President for Government Affairs in the Washington, D.C. office of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the national trade organization which represents our Nation’s book and journal publishing industries, where he deals with intellectual property, freedom of speech, new technology, and other industry-related issues.

From 1989 until joining AAP in 1996, Mr. Adler practiced law as a member of Cohn and Marks, the Washington, D.C. communications law firm. Prior to joining Cohn and Marks, Mr. Adler served as Legislative Counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union (1981-1989), where he presented testimony before various committees of Congress on a broad range of issues concerning the public’s right to obtain and disseminate information.

Before representing the ACLU, Mr. Adler was a staff attorney with the Center for National Security Studies (1978-1981) and Staff Director for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (1977-1978).

Mr. Adler holds a B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton  and a Juris Doctor from the National Law Center of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Adler has been a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (“ACICIP”) since his appointment to it in 1997.

Danny Anders


Danny Anders is the founder of ClearTracks, a marketplace platform  for managing and clearing music rights.  ClearTracks is trying to create a new level of efficiency in the music value chain by enabling licensors to monetize their  content in new ways and maximize licensing opportunities.

Danny has been working with media technology for over 20 years.  Starting his tech career in IT at Zomba/Jive, he soon moved to the tech side of the business during the first dot com boom  where he worked at major infrastructure providers and CDNs to deliver streaming content.  The past 10 years he has worked with a number of media platforms including thePlatform, Kaltura, Verizon Digital Media, and IBM Video.  There he worked to architect and integrate carrier grade media platforms  for major content providers such as NBC, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, and Verizon.

In his spare time, Danny dabbles as an amateur DJ and house music producer.

Devereux Chatillon

DevChatillonDevereux Chatillon is a partner at Chatillon Weiss PLLC.  She is an experienced media and intellectual property attorney who specializes in the area of copyright and intellectual property rights counseling; strategic positioning and risk management; and litigation advice, including commercial as well as content related.

Dev has spent many years at the highest levels of the corporate world, working at Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. (as VP Business Development); Scholastic, Inc. (as Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & General Counsel); Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (as Partner); Miramax Films (as Executive Vice President); The New Yorker (as Vice President & General Counsel); and ABC (as Senior General Attorney).

Educated at New York University (JD, Law), where she served on the NYU Law Review, and
Harvard University (AB, American History), Dev lives and practices in New York City. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters Program in Publishing at the NYU School of Continuing Professional Studies. Dev is member of the Board of Trustees of the Practicing Law Institute, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Theo Cheng

Theo Cheng HeadshotTheo Cheng is an intellectual property and commercial litigation partner at the international law firm of Fox Horan & Camerini LLP.  He has handled a broad array of disputes in industries as varied as high-tech, entertainment, consumer products, retail, and financial services.  Mr. Cheng also has a growing alternative dispute resolution practice in IP and technology disputes, serving as an arbitrator and mediator with the AAA, Resolute Systems, and several federal and state courts.

He received his A.B. cum laude in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.  After law school, he served as a law clerk in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit.  Mr. Cheng was also a marketing consultant at MetLife Insurance Company, where he was designated a Chartered life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, as well as a Series 7 General Securities Representative.

Mr. Cheng is a member of several professional associations, for which he serves on various litigation, IP, and ADR sections and committees, including serving as the Co-Chair of the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

James English

english-jamesJames English is the Product Owner of The New York Public Library’s open source e-reading app, SimplyE.  James leads the product development for this innovative application that is designed to simplify the user experience borrowing ebooks from libraries. It sports multiple commercial and non commercial DRM technologies and open technologies such as Readium SDK and Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS.)   Its technological goal is to make ebooks and the technologies that enable digital publishing open, accessible and interoperable.  The app is currently avialable on Android, iOS, with Chromebook, and Kindle Fire coming soon.

James holds a BSE in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point and a MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University.  James lives in Manhattan with wife of 10 years and 6 year old son.

Randy Grimmett

With over two decades of performing rights experience, Randy Grimmett currently serves as CEO of Global Music Rights. Founded in 2013 with long-time industry veteran Irving Azoff, the company is the first entrant into the Performing-Rights marketplace in nearly 75 years. At this boutique company, Randy is able to take a hands-on approach in every facet of the business, from client-acquisition and license negotiations to operations.

Prior to his current role, Randy led a team of over 100 employees as EVP of Membership at ASCAP. In his 18½ years at ASCAP, Randy was an integral part in expanding ASCAP’s market share, increasing distributions, and developing the hugely successful ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo. A state-native, Randy attended The University of Oklahoma, receiving a B.A. and a J.D.

Jesse Grushack

grushack-jesseJesse Grushack is Co-founder & Product Lead at Ujo Music. Jesse is a semi-recent graduate from Union College with a dual degree in Computer Science and Economics. Throughout school, Jesse found an equally strong passion for electronic music and cryptocurrencies, leading to a managing editor position at DancingAstronuat.com when he was a sophomore. Since Bitcoin was still an emerging technology when it was time to secure summer internships, Jesse decided to enter the music industry at ID&T North America where as an intern, he spent two months as the managing director of marketing for the TomorrowWorld music festival.

After graduating Union, Jesse went on to work for SFX Entertainment managing cashless payment technology and access control at live events as well as researching into the future of these systems. Due to the decline in SFX, Jesse left in December 2014 determined to find another company that promised to make a difference in the world. In the beginning of 2015, Jesse found ConsenSys and immediately got involved in the unnamed music project. Fast forward 15 months, Ujo Music is preparing to release a beta to the world.

Dan Harple

harple-danDan Harple is the managing director of Shamrock Ventures, B.V., based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a technology entrepreneur for more than 20 years and has had a seminal influence on the commercial Internet thanks to his pioneering of voice over internet protocol (VoIP), streaming media, and interactive screen sharing/shared whiteboards.

Harple was the co-founder and chairman/CEO of InSoft, a company that merged with Netscape in 1995. He collaborated with artist/producer/musician/inventor Todd Rundgren on their Context Labs/Waking Dreams venture, which focused on realtime interactive artist technologies. PatroNet, a Rundgren vehicle, was the Internet’s formative artist/fan direct relationship platform.

Subsequent to this effort, Harple was founder and chairman/CEO of Context Media, which was acquired by Oracle in 2005. This combination formed the basis of Oracle’s “big data” collaborative enterprise search, Fusion, which now has more than 60,000
customers. In 2006, he founded and was chairman/CEO of gypsii, which, via a joint venture, now provides the location-based social media engine driving China’s fastest-growing Twitter-like platform, Sina Weibo, with over 500 million users.

In 2012, Harple became a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he founded the new Sloan program entitled REAL (Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab). In 2014, he founded Context Labs, an innovator in
blockchain-based analytics for the publishing sector, announcing a global partnership with the world’s largest printer of books, RR Donnelley. In 2016, Harple co-founded the Open Music Initiative (OMI), an industry-wide group which now has over 160 members.
He is a current Trustee at Berklee College of Music. He holds  degrees from MIT and the University of Rhode Island.

Chris Harrison

harrison-chrisChris Harrison is VP of Music Business Affairs at Sirius XM Radio.  Over the last decade, Chris has been the lead in-house lawyer at digital music companies successfully developing and executing content acquisition strategies for music publishers, record labels and their collective licensing organizations. In addition to testifying twice about music licensing and antitrust issues before Congress, Chris  was named one of the top music industry lawyers by Billboard magazine (July 25, 2015).

Before Sirius XM, Chris’s career has included stints as VP Business Affairs at Pandora, Global Director of Content and Licensing at Mood Media, and a series of positions at DMX leading up to Chief Operating Officer.  He began his legal career in private practice at Fulbright and Jaworski.

Chris holds a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a PhD in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

George Howard

howard-georgeGeorge Howard is the co-founder of Music Audience Exchange, which is comprised of a team of digital marketers, engineers, and music lovers, using technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. George is the former president of Rykodisc (the world’s largest independent record label), and co-founder of TuneCore (the world’s largest independent digital music distributor).

Via his consulting firm, George advises a wide range of clients on how to integrate technology with strategy in order to increase brand awareness and revenue through innovation, social media, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships.  A partial list of clients includes: Intel, National Public Radio, CVS/pharmacy, Alticor/Amway, Brown University, Paste Magazine, SpokenLayer, SingFit, bigchainDB, Wolfgang’s Vault, and The Townsend Group.

George is a columnist for Forbes, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and numerous other publications. He is a steering member of the Open Music Initiative. He is an Associate Professor of Management at Berklee College of Music and Brown University, and a JD/MBA.

Jim King

king-jimJim King is the CEO and Founder of Core Rights, LLC, providing innovative technology and operations solutions for IP licensing, specifically in the music industry. King has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and COO positions with leading global information services, media, and technology companies including Broadcast Music Inc., Microsoft, McGraw-Hill (S&P Global), LexisNexis, AT&T Bell Labs as well as multiple startup companies. Mr. King holds two graduate degrees with advanced study in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Business Administration, and Planning.

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.

Lance Koonce

koonce-lanceLance Koonce is a partner at Davis Wright Tremains.  He specializes in intellectual property litigation and counseling for clients in the advertising, publishing, music, television/film, fashion, and consumer products fields, and has extensive experience analyzing the implications of emerging technologies. 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 CreativeBlockchain.com blog, which focuses on how blockchain technology intersects with the creative industries.

Lance has a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Eleanor Lackman

lackman-eleanorEleanor M. Lackman is a Partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard.  Widely recognized by clients and peers for her experience in all of these areas, Eleanor litigates and counsels on matters for individuals and companies of all types – from well-known to the up-and-coming – in the media, entertainment, e-commerce, fashion, sports, technology and consumer products industries.

Ms. Lackman’s litigation practice focuses on intellectual property, entertainment and media disputes venued in federal and state courts at trial and appellate levels, as well as before arbitral and administrative bodies including the American Arbitration Association, World Intellectual Property Organization and the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has particularly deep experience in media and entertainment defense; copyright, trademark, and publicity rights enforcement; and litigation in matters at the intersection of copyright and trademark law and new technology.

Her work on litigation matters has garnered her repeated recognition as a “Super Lawyer” in the category of IP Litigation.  In 2016 alone, she was named by Variety as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” – the only litigator named among those in the “law and finance” category – and by Law360 as one of five “Rising Stars” in Media & Entertainment law.

Among other roles, Ms. Lackman serves as co-National Chapters Coordinator for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., as a member of the International Amicus Committee with the International Trademark Association (INTA), as an advisor to Fordham’s Center on Law and Information Policy, and as a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  Ms. Lackman is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, and she earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude with honors, from Rollins College.

Robert Levine

levine-robertRobert Levine is the author of Free Ride, which the New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” The book, his first, was also praised by Businessweek, Fortune, and the Financial Times.

He has covered pop culture, technology, and the awkward dance between them for 15 years. Most recently, he was the executive editor of Billboard; he has also been a features editor at New York magazine and Wired. His first job was at HotWired.com, the Web publication of Wired, where he was hired several months after it sold the first banner ad on the Internet.

His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He has offered commentary about the media business for NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and given keynote speeches at the World Copyright Summit in Brussels, the Canadian Media Production Association’s Prime Time conference, and other music and media business events. He holds a B.A. in politics from Brandeis and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He now covers the culture business from New York and Berlin.

Larry Miller

Larry MillerLarry Miller is founder and host of Musonomics, a professor of Music Business at NYU-Steinhardt Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions where he is Director of the Music Business Program, and co-producer of Copyright and Technology NYC 2016.  He teaches undergrad and graduate students in the business structure of the music industry, entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and music analytics. He is a serial music and technology entrepreneur and advises music, media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructurings. Previously, Larry was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice. He later served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet.

Larry founded and operated Or Music, a Grammy Award winning independent record label and music publisher where he signed, recorded and published multi-platinum artists Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu; he was Vice President of Market Development at AT&T Labs Research where he cofounded a2b music. He began his career as a broadcaster at Tribune, NBC Radio Entertainment and WHTZ/Z100 New York, regarded as the most successful startup in U.S. radio history as the station went from “worst to first” within 72 days of signing-on in the country’s most competitive radio market.

Larry has commented on CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America and NPR; in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Business Week, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Billboard.  Larry received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1994.

Richard Nash

Next chapter på Moderna muséet 2014.Richard Nash is a strategist, executive, and serial entrepreneur in new and traditional media. He led partnerships and content at the culture discovery start-up Small Demons and the new media app Byliner. Previously he ran the iconic independent Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005—the last book he edited there was selected as a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 2010 the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and in 2013 the Frankfurt Book Fair picked him as one of the Five Most Inspiring People in Digital Publishing. He consults for numerous start-ups and corporations on content and market strategy and helps them use culture and narrative to build stronger products and services and more engaged audiences.

Raza Panjwani

Sacré-Coeur de MontmartreRaza Panjwani is a Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, where he focuses on copyright, telecommunications, and other areas of law that regulate consumer’s relationships with modern technology and the Internet. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Raza maintained his own intellectual property focused law practice in New York and represented clients ranging from artists to technology start-ups.

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.


Glenn Pudelka

pudelka-glennGlenn Pudelka is a Counsel in Locke Lord’s Intellectual Property Department focusing his practice on copyright matters. He represents individuals and companies in publishing/entertainment, digital media, music, software, Internet, content and biotechnology fields, as well as numerous colleges and universities. Glenn has extensive experience in the area of copyright and focuses on handling various content and copyright licensing transactions as well as all types of commercial agreements. Glenn is currently the Vice President/President-elect of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Prior to his legal career, Glenn worked for eight years as a book editor for several publishing houses in New York City.  Glenn has a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from Muhlenberg College.

Spiros Rally

rally-spirosSpiros Rally is Vice President of Sony DADC DigitalWorks.  He is a senior executive with a proven track record for successfully delivering new products and services to market. He oversees the Sony’s global DigitalWorks group where he is responsible for the new Marlin based eBook DRM called User Rights Management Solution. Spiros also advises start-ups that include: Bibblio, a London base EdTech start-up that works with knowledge companies to improve user engagement and retention through smart content recommendation, and Precise.tv, an AdTech start-up that operates a proprietary insights and data platform to deliver highly targeted contextual media buys. Spiros also advises Lake Effect Studios, SmartGift and Open Bid.

Spiros holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance from the New York Institute of Technology and completed the Advanced Global Leadership program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management

Imke Reimers

reimers-imkeImke Reimers is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Northeastern University in Boston. Professor Reimers is broadly interested in the fields of digital markets and innovation. She has examined how the availability of big data can inform firm decisions, and how new technology and intellectual property interact in affecting consumer choice and firm profit. Within these topics, she has primarily focused on publishing and media industries, but she has also studied these issues in fields spanning from insurance markets and the restaurant industry to the National Hockey League.

Her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics, and Information, Economics and Policy. She has presented her work not only in academic settings, but also at places like the Frankfurt Book Fair and the European Commission. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and spent a year at the National Bureau of Economic Research as the postdoctoral fellow in the Copyright and Digitization Initiative.

Bill Rosenblatt

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Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm.  He is program chair and co-producer of Copyright and Technology NYC 2017.  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, in federal court and before the Copyright Royalty Board and the PTO.  He has testified before and advised public policy entities on digital copyright and technology issues in the United States, European Union, 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 the 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 & Associates, and several whitepapers, book chapters and journal articles on technologies related to 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.  He is a trustee of 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.

Colin Rushing

rushing-colinColin Rushing is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SoundExchange.  Colin oversees the company’s legal, regulatory, and corporate affairs, supervises rate setting proceedings, directs the company’s enforcement program, and plays a key role in shaping SoundExchange’s strategic development.  Colin originally joined SoundExchange in the role of Senior Counsel for Licensing and Enforcement, in which position he developed a comprehensive enforcement program, advised the company on regulatory matters, and helped manage rate-setting proceedings.

Colin graduated from James Madison University and the University of Virginia School of Law.  After law school, he clerked for the Hon. T.S. Ellis III in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Before he joined SoundExchange, Colin was an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Washington, D.C., where he focused on intellectual property and media law.

Jason Schultz

schultz-jasonJason M. Schultz is a Professor of Clinical Law and Director of NYU’s Technology Law & Policy Clinic. His clinical projects, research, and writing primarily focus on the ongoing struggles to balance intellectual property and privacy law with the public interest in free expression, access to knowledge, and innovation in light of new technologies and the challenges they pose.

Prior to joining NYU, Professor Schultz was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Before joining Boalt Hall, he was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the leading digital rights groups in the world and before that practiced intellectual property law at the firm of Fish & Richardson, PC He also served as a clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the Northern District of California. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

Michael Smith

smith-michaelMichael D. Smith is a Professor of Information Systems and Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University and is co-director of the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. He received a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Science from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Professor Smith’s research uses economic and statistical techniques to analyze firm and consumer behavior in markets for digital information and digital media products. His research in this area has been published in leading Management Science, Economics, and Marketing journals and has led to several prominent awards including the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Research Award and recognition as one of the top 100 “emerging engineering leaders in the United States” by the National Academy of Engineering.

Katherine Spelman

Katherine C. Spelman is a Shareholder at Lane Powell and 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. Kate advises and counsels 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 has represented large digital publishing companies in international distribution agreements as well as represented developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online transmissions, storytelling, expression and art.

Kate received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her B.A. in Classics and Latin from the University of Michigan.

Kenneth Swezey

swezey-kenKenneth N. Swezey is a Partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard.  He focuses on transactional counseling in copyright, corporate, digital media, entertainment, publishing and other intellectual property and commercial matters.

He has substantial experience representing companies and individual clients in the emerging fields of digital media, social media and transmedia. He represents clients ranging from broadband television companies, well-known authors, publishers, entertainers, literary estates, visual arts agencies, as well as not-for-profit organizations in the areas of intellectual property and entertainment.  He holds BA, JD, and MBA degrees from UCLA.

Rahul Telang

Rahul Telang is professor of Information systems and Management at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and at the Tepper School of Business (Courtesy). Professor Telang is broadly interested in how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and associated digitization of information impact consumers, business and policies. Within this thread, his primary interest lies in Digital Media Industry with a particular focus on how digitization (and associated piracy) in copyrighted industries is affecting the incentives of content provider, distributors and users. His research is directed towards understanding and shaping an optimal copyright and intellectual property policy in the Digitization Era. He was the recipient of Sloan Foundation Industry Study fellowship and a number of Google Faculty awards. He is a co-director of a center IDEA (Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics). He has worked extensively with industry and policy makers on variety of issue surrounding digitization of Media. He also does extensive consulting on this topic.

Dr. Telang has published extensively in many top management and policy journals like Management Science, Marketing Science, ISR, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Policy and Management, and NBER chapters. He held senior editor positions at ISR (Information Systems Research) and MIS Quarterly. He has organized many conferences and workshops and many of his papers have received top honors at journals and conferences.

Bill Trippe

trippe-billBill Trippe is Director of Technology at the MIT Press, a leading academic publisher of books and journals. In this role, Bill oversees software development, digital products, database management and analytics, and server and systems management. Prior to joining MIT Press, Bill was Vice President and Lead Analyst for the Gilbane Group, a division of Outsell, Inc., Director of Publishing Systems at ZDNet, Manager of Content Development at Houghton Mifflin, and Manager of Editorial Systems Support at Xyvision.

Bill’s areas of focus span the wide range of publishing technologies, including workflow, print and web production, content and asset management, and digital rights management.

Bill has written broadly on publishing technology. He contributed to Bill Rosenblatt’s book on Digital Rights Management, cowrote a book on Scalable Vector Graphics, and has written extensively for trade publications and newsletters. Bill is currently a board member of the Book Industry Study Group and a frequent presenter at industry events.

Chris Tse

Ctse-chrishris Tse is the technical lead of the Dot Blockchain Music project (dotBC), architecting open-sourced software that bridges existing music databases and future blockchain-based registries. Chris is a technologist by trade, a designer in practice, and an entrepreneur at heart. Chris is also the co-founder and CTO of Monegraph, where he leads the development of tools that help creators, makers, and influencers monetize their works.

Chris was previously the head of R&D at McGraw-Hill Lab, and before that, the head of Innovation at BusinessWeek Digital. Before joining the New York media industry through the acquisition of The Grow Network by McGraw-Hill, where Chris served as the Chief Technologist in charge of technology strategy and solution architecture, he co-founded three other technology startups: a database consulting shop, a messaging software company, and a network security research firm. He also founded the open source project CardStack.io, promoting the adoption of card-based UIs. Chris holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and is still very much addicted to New York City.