Speaker Bios

Paul Jessop

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

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

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

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

Christopher Kenneally

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

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

Jim King

King JimJim King is the CEO and Founder of Core Rights, LLC. King has held
CEO, CIO, CTO, and COO positions with leading global information services, media, and technology companies including Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) where he managed all business operations and technology, Microsoft, McGraw-Hill (S&P Global), LexisNexis, PR Newswire, AT&T Bell Labs and multiple startup companies. Mr. King holds graduate degrees in Computer Science (AI and Design), Geography/Urban Planning, and Business..

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.

John Mancini

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

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

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.

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 2018.  GiantSteps’ clients include content providers and digital media technology companies, ranging from early stage startups to multinationals, as well law and public policy entities and investment firms worldwide.  Bill brings content providers strategic expertise in areas such as digital copyright technologies, content management and distribution, and content business models. He advises technology vendors on market strategy, business development, product management, and IP monetization.  He has helped design a global standard intellectual property identifier as well as digital rights management schemes for music and e-books.

Bill has served as an expert witness in several litigations related to copyright and digital media technologies.  He has testified before and 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 & 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.

Drew Silverstein

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

Michael Simon

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

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

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

Joshua Simmons

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

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

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

Jonathan Taplin

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

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

Barry Werbin

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

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

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