Leveraging Creativity 2014 Speakers

The following arts, business, and legal practitioners and scholars will be speaking at the Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law conference May 15-16, 2014 in Indianapolis. More information on the sessions each speaker will lead can be found here.

Artist Workshop Speakers
Academic Conference Speakers

Artist Workshop Speakers

Mark BellMark Bell is a PhD candidate at Indiana University in the department of Telecommunications and the author of several technical books. He has been creating websites since the early 1990s and teaches at IU and IUPUI in the areas of digital story-telling and interactive design. Mark spends his free time creating movies, stories and music.



Janet BlochJanet Bloch is the author of a workbook for artists, Strategic Marketing Tools for Visual artists. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bloch is the recipient of numerous grants including an Illinois Arts Council Visual Artists Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Regional/ Midwest Fellowship and two Artist’s Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. Bloch has had several solo exhibits nationwide. Her work is in collections of the South Bend Regional Museum of Art, Illinois State Museum, Deloitte and Eaton Corporations. She has been selected as a finalist in three public transit projects. Since 2009 she has served as the education director at Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana.

AJ CorrealeAJ Correale has over 20 years of legal experience in the entertainment industry. During this time, AJ has served as counsel to numerous award-winning artists, producers, record labels and a wide variety of entertainment companies. His national practice is primarily focused on transactional and litigation matters in the entertainment, media, advertising and technology industries. AJ represents a diverse group of clients, including major and independent record labels, established and developing recording artists, record producers, song writers, entertainment industry executives, fashion models, television and film producers, and a wide variety of large and small companies. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, AJ was Senior Counsel and Chair of the Entertainment Department at Ice Miller. In addition, he served as president and chief operating officer to a privately held technology company, where he was involved in all aspects of legal, financial and strategic operations of the company. AJ was previously the vice-president of legal affairs and anti-piracy at EMI Records, and the director of business affairs at Sony Music. His experience also includes working at two of the music industry’s top law firms, Grubman Indursky & Shire, and Greenberg Traurig.

Monika HerzigDr. Monika Herzig is an Indiana University faculty member, the author of “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” and an active touring and recording jazz artist. Jazz Times described her latest release “Come With Me” on Owl Studios as a subtle affair of voicings and taste. With her performance groups she has opened for groups such as Sting, Yes, Santana, and more and has been featured at many major jazz clubs and festivals throughout the United States and in Europe. More info and sound samples at http://www.monikaherzig.com/.


Joshua LingenfelterJoshua Lingenfelter (@jlingenfelter) gained recognition for Clowes Memorial Hall by using new media and technology which has expanded Clowes’ customer demographic from age 65 to age 45 and experienced the highest single ticket sales increase in 10 years, all while reducing spending. In 2012, Joshua’s work led to Clowes being named one of the Top 100 Theatres in the World by Pollstar Magazine. He was named one of 2011’s Generation Next Award Nominees by Venues Today Magazine and is a frequent guest lecturer around the country. Joshua has served as a marketing consultant for AEGLive, Broadway Across America, the Broadway League, and many more. In 2011 Joshua took on the role of producer for Chef Robert Irvine’s “Robert Irvine LIVE.” Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Business and a Master of Business Administration from Butler University.

Shannon LinkerShannon M. Linker is currently the Director of Artist Services and Gallery 924 for the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She has been with the council for 12 years. Along with curating and managing the council’s gallery space, Shannon serves the local professional artist community by creating programs and services intended to help build their careers. Programs such as the on-line artist database, the weekly Artist Opportunities E-newsletter, and artist professional development workshops are key aspects of her role at the council.

In 2007 she led the development of the Be Indypendent: Buy Indy Art movement that continues to create visibility for local artists and independent business owners in the city. Shannon also oversees the council’s public art program, which creates and facilitates public art opportunities for the city of Indianapolis as well as private entities. 

Shannon has taught Art Appreciation at the college level for six years and currently serves on the advisory board for IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association) and Ivy Tech Community College School of Visual Arts. She holds a BFA in Art History from the University of North Texas and a MA in Art History from Texas Woman’s University.

Mark LongMark S. Long is the President of Long Performance Advisors, LLC, a consulting company focused on accelerating efforts in incubation, technology transfer, sales and marketing, and small business formation/management and economic development. Long is also currently a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and a 2010/2012 winner of the IU Trustees Teaching Award. Long is the former President and CEO of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC), which owns and operates the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC), a life sciences incubator. He also served as President and CEO of that facility. 

Long has more than twenty-five years of experience in clinical diagnostics in sales, marketing, and technical services, holding additional positions at Coulter Corporation and Baxter Diagnostics. Long started his career working in hospital laboratories as a medical technologist and as an assistant to the coroner. He is the author of Put It In Writing II  and Wholesale Economic Development.

Long holds an A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, Florida (2007 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner); B.S. degree in Biology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida; and an M.S. degree in Molecular Biology from Florida State University.  He attended both Florida Atlantic University and Indiana University for work on his Ed.D.

Robert MeitusRobert S. Meitus chairs Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP’s Entertainment & Media Law practice and serves as counsel for a wide range of clients including recording artists, record labels, filmmakers, authors and creative business clients in a range of industries such as print and broadcast media, fashion and other areas. His practice largely involves negotiation of agreements, work with intellectual property protection, clearance and licensing and generally serving as business/legal counsel to numerous creative clients. The firm’s clients have included a diverse array of talent such as The Alan Parsons Project, Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty Records, Cage the Elephant, Foxygen, Trixie Whitley, Ron Artest, as well as institutional clients such as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Emmis Broadcasting and the NCAA. Meitus is an adjunct professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, teaching Entertainment Law and a music law clinical course. Meitus received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, his masters of international affairs from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Wabash College. He also performs in his band Blue Sky Back and lives in Bloomington, IN, with his singer-songwriter wife, Carrie Newcomer, whom he also manages.

Sarah Smith-RobbinsDr. Sarah “Intellagirl” Smith-Robbins is the Senior Director of Emerging Technologies at Kelley Executive Partners at Indiana University. She is also a member of the Marketing faculty at the Kelley School of Business, where she teaches digital and social media marketing courses. She has advised over 100 universities and businesses in the use of social and mobile technologies for learning, marketing, and process improvement. In her free time, Sarah sculpts, paints, knits, and creates works of geeky creativity with her 12 year old triplets.


Laura ZabelLaura Zabel (*keynote) is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development agency based in Minnesota. Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life; and programs that help communities tap into the resource that artists provide. Some of Springboard's projects include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program, and the Irrigate project, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges. Springboard's programs have been replicated in over 50 communities across the country. Laura is a frequent speaker on topics related to arts and community development at convenings such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Urban Land Institute and Americans for the Arts. Laura was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in the U.S. Nonprofit Arts and received the 2012 Visionary Leader award from the MN Council of Nonprofits. She has been one of Minneapolis Business Journal's 40 Under Forty and Minnesota Monthly’s 12 Minnesotans Who Can See the Future. Laura serves on advisory boards for the Knight Foundation, Twin Cities LISC and the University of Kansas. Laura is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband, Levi Weinhagen, and their 7-year old daughter.

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Academic Conference Speakers

Funmi ArewaOlufunmilayo (“Funmi”) Arewa is Professor of Law and Anthropology (by courtesy) at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the faculty at U.C. Irvine, she held positions at Northwestern University School of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She writes in the areas of intellectual property, music, film, law and technology, law and society, accounting, corporate and securities law, and private equity. She has served as an expert witness in matters related to venture capital and securities regulation and as a consultant for the Nelson Mandela Institution, Inc. and the World Bank Institute. She is the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Copyright Expert Working Group. Before becoming a law professor, she worked for close to a decade in business and legal capacities at law firms, startup companies and a venture capital firm. Arewa served as an Economic Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, where she was posted in Montevideo, Uruguay, and was a Visiting Lecturer at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan. She earned a A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University, M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and A.M. in applied economics from the University of Michigan.

Mark AvsecMark E. Avsec is a partner and Vice-Chair of the Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property (3iP) Practice Group of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. Mr. Avsec has also practiced extensively with the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. A copyright, trademark, and media lawyer by trade, and a litigator and business attorney, he focuses his practice on consumer products, music, and other entertainment-related licensing matters, as well as mobile commerce and “old” and “new” media issues. Mr. Avsec provides general legal support to various types of museums, technology, consumer products, media, music, film, software, creative content, and content distribution companies. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Avsec earned a living as a studio musician, producer and songwriter, writing over 500 songs and producing or performing on more than 35 albums for, among other artists, Carlos Santana, Bon Jovi, Donnie Iris, Mason Ruffner and Wild Cherry. Mr. Avsec is an American Music Award winner and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. He regularly teaches and is a frequent speaker on entertainment, intellectual property, and media topics. He serves as an Adjunct Law Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is also a faculty member at the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Academy, a joint program of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, where he has taught music and entertainment law since 2012. He has participated as a faculty member for the Federal Judicial Center and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology where he has presented on copyright law basics and infringement analysis to federal judges.

Mr. Avsec is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio and in residence at Cleveland State University. He is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers and is a former chairperson of The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts section of The Cleveland Bar Association. He serves as a member of the Cleveland Foundation’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Scholarship Fund Selection Committee and in 2008, 2012, and 2013 was named an Ohio “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property. Mr. Avsec is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2014. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude in 1992 and his J.D. magna cum laude in 1994 from Cleveland State University.

Arpan BanerjeeArpan Banerjee is Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean (Student Initiatives) and Executive Director, Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, at Jindal Global Law School, India. Mr. Banerjee is also an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Arpan is a graduate of the National University of Juridical Sciences, India and King’s College, London. Arpan’s interests lie in the areas of copyright law, trademark law and media law. Arpan has published widely, and is currently co-authoring the 7th edition of Narayanan on the Law of Trade Marks and Passing Off, India’s leading treatise on trademark law. Arpan was a Cegla Scholar at the University of Tel Aviv and was also selected to attend the WIPO-WTO 10th Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property Law in Geneva. Arpan is a member of ATRIP and serves on the Academic Committee of the INTA. Arpan previously taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Before joining academia, Arpan practised law full-time. He worked on a broad range of IP litigation and prosecution matters, and advised clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small enterprises.

June M. BesekJune M. Besek is the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School in New York, where her research and teaching focus on copyright and related rights. She currently serves on Council for the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the board of advisors of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. She is also a member of the board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree, in economics, from Yale University.

Besek is the author of many articles and studies on copyright law, as well as on legal issues concerning pre-1972 sound recordings. See, e.g., Constitutional Obstacles:  Reconsidering Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings (with Eva Subotnik), 37 Colum. J. L & Arts (forthcoming 2014); Copyright and Related Issues Relevant to Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Unpublished Pre-1972 Sound Recordings by Libraries and Archives (CLIR & Library of Congress 2009); Copyright Issues Relevant to Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Pre-1972 Commercial Sound Recordings by Libraries and Archives (CLIR & Library of Congress 2005).

Michael CarrollMichael W. Carroll is Professor of Law and the Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (2009- present) at the American University Washington College of Law. He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. His research includes projects about the social costs imposed by one-size-fits-all intellectual property rights and about the history of copyright in music. Carroll is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue. He also speaks about and promotes publication of open educational resources and open scientific data.

Carroll is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc. (2001 – present), a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also serves on the Board of the Public Library of Science (2012- present) and recently completed service on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information (2008-2013). He is a member of the Editorial Board of I/S Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (2006 – Present). In addition, he is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology (2009- Present) and a member of the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge (2009-Present).

Prior to joining the WCL faculty, Carroll taught at the Villanova University School of Law (2001-09), and he served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (1996-97; 2000-01) (now WilmerHale) in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering law school, Carroll was a journalist in Chicago, a high school teacher in Zimbabwe, and a project assistant at the Africa-America Institute, where he worked on providing election monitoring and election assistance in Africa. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago.

Christine FarleyChristine Haight Farley is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. She teaches Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, International and Comparative Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property Law and Art Law. Farley served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2011 and as Co-Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property from 2005 to 2009. She is the author of numerous articles on intellectual property law and her casebook on international trademark law will be published this year. Farley has taught at the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Paris Ouest, and at Monash University in Prato, Italy. Farley has given lectures on intellectual property law Australia, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, France, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Mongolia, Namibia, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland and Turkey and frequently appears in the media as an expert. Before teaching, Farley was an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation with Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman in New York.

Daniel GervaisDaniel Gervais is a Professor of Law, Director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, and Faculty Director of the LL.M. Program at Vanderbilt Law School. Gervais focuses on international intellectual property law, having spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues on behalf of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC). He is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, a leading guide to the treaty that governs international intellectual property rights. Before joining Vanderbilt Law School in 2008, Gervais was acting dean of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa, where he also served as vice-dean for research and received funding for his research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Before entering the academy, he practiced law with Clark Woods and as a partner with the technology law firm BCF in Montreal. He also served as a consultant and legal officer at the WTO, as Head of the Copyright Projects section of the WIPO, and as vice-president of international relations at CCC. In addition, he chaired the sectoral work on culture, communications and information at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and was a consultant with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Gervais is a panelist (domain name) at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre. He has been a visiting professor at numerous international universities, a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012 he was the Gide Loyrette Nouel Visiting Chair at Sciences Po Law School in Paris. He is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property and editor of tripsagreement.net.

Roberta KwallRoberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law, the director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®), and co-director of the Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies. Prior to teaching at DePaul, she practiced intellectual property law at Sidley & Austin in Chicago and clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Professor Kwall earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as comment editor of the law review, and her AB magna cum laude from Brown University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. 

Kwall has written many articles on numerous facets of intellectual property law, which have been published in law reviews such as Texas, Southern California and Vanderbilt. She is the co-author of leading casebooks in both intellectual property and real property, both of which are published by Foundation Press. Her particular areas of expertise include moral rights and the right of publicity, and she has written a seminal book on moral rights titled The Soul of Creativity: Forging a Moral Rights Law for the United States (Stanford University Press 2010). Her current scholarship focuses on illustrating the Jewish tradition's meaning for human existence, including the connections between Judaism and intellectual property, creativity theory, feminist theory and cultural analysis theory. She is working on a book, Forging Jewish Tradition through Law and Culture, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. 

Kwall has served in an advisory capacity to the Office of the General Counsel on the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. In 1999, she served as the chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She received the DePaul University College of Law Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985; the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996; the College of Law's Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in 1999 for her work with the law school’s nationally ranked intellectual property program; and the DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry Award in 2002 for her internationally renowned scholarship. In addition, in 2006, she was designated as one of the 10 Best Law Professors in Illinois by Chicago Lawyer magazine.

Mary LaFranceMary LaFrance joined the faculty of the William S. Boyd School of Law (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) in 1999. She received her J.D. with High Honors from the Duke University School of Law in 1986, where she served as Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal. She also received her M.A. in Philosophy from the Duke University School of Graduate Studies in 1986. After clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, LaFrance practiced for three years with the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. In 1990, LaFrance joined the faculty at the Florida State University College of Law, where she taught intellectual property, taxation, and entertainment law, and also served on the faculty of the Florida State University School of Motion Pictures, Television, and Recording Arts. Professor LaFrance has authored three books: Intellectual Property Cases and Materials (West 3d ed. 2007) (with David Lange and Gary Myers), Understanding Trademark Law (LexisNexis 2005), and Copyright in a Nutshell (West 2008). Her articles have been published in numerous law reviews, including the Southern California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, and the Virginia Tax Review. From 2001-2004, she served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. LaFrance’s teaching and research interests include domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property.

Michael LandauMichael B. Landau developed the Georgia State University College of Law’s Intellectual Property Curriculum and is the Faculty Advisor to the Intellectual Property Society. He is also a member of the University’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee, the group that reviews the disclosure of inventions by GSU faculty. He is an internationally recognized authority on Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law issues. He is the co-author of the nine-volume treatise Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts: Agreements and the Law, one of the leading reference sets in its field and The Entertainment Law Review. Landau also writes the Copyright and Trademark Sections of West’s Federal Administrative Practice Manual as well as the annual supplements to Entertainment Law. In addition to his books, Landau has had over 50 articles and book chapters on topics related to Intellectual Property, Art Law, Entertainment Law, and Freedom of Expression published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Finland. Landau also lectures extensively. He has presented papers or has been an invited guest lecturer at numerous law schools in the United States and Europe and regularly lectures for the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and the American Bar Association.

Landau's J.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In 2005- 2006, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the IPR Center of the University of Helsinki, and a Fulbright Professor of Law at the Hanken Swedish School of Business and Economics. Prior to entering academia, Landau practiced law with the New York firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, representing entertainment, technology, and media clients. Prior to entering the legal profession, Professor Landau was a professional musician in Pennsylvania and New York.

Yvette LiebesmanYvette Joy Liebesman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law. She teaches several of the school's Intellectual Property Law courses, as well as Trusts & Estates, and is the faculty adviser for the school's IP Concentration. Liebesman is a 2006 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and earned her first undergraduate degree in 1986 in the school's College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, she holds degrees from Rutgers (BA, magna cum laude, in Physics) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (MS in Earth Sciences).  During law school, Liebesman received the ABA/BNA Excellence in Intellectual Property Law Award (given to the student with the highest GPA in IP law), earned First Prize in the 2006 ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition at Georgetown Law, and was the recipient of the 2006 Giles Sutherland Rich American Inn of Court Scholarship Award.  Immediately after law school, Liebesman clerked for the Honorable Helen E. Hoens of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, then practiced in the intellectual property transactional group at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, MA.

Liebesman's research interests focus on Copyright and Trademark law, and their intersection with art, science and technology.  Last year, she was the recipient of the International Trademark Association's Ladas Award for writing excellence on the subject of trademarks and related matters, which is regarded as the top national award in trademark scholarship. She is often interviewed and quoted in the press regarding current copyright and trademark issues, including the ABA Journal and CBS News over the Mike Tyson tattoo/Hangover Part II controversy.

Jessica LitmanJessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, is the author of Digital Copyright and the co-author, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Before rejoining the Michigan faculty in 2006, Litman was professor of law at Wayne State University in Detroit, a visiting professor at NYU Law School and at American University Washington College of Law, as well as a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1984-90. In addition, she has taught copyright law at the University of Tokyo as part of the Law Faculty Exchange Program. Litman is a past trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and a past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Intellectual Property. In addition to serving on the advisory board for the Public Knowledge organization, she is a member of the Intellectual Property and Internet Committee of the ACLU, the Advisory Council of the Future of Music Coalition, the advisory board of Cyberspace Law Abstracts, and the American Law Institute. She graduated from Reed College, earned an MFA at Southern Methodist University, and holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Lydia LorenLydia Loren is the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Loren’s areas of expertise include intellectual property generally and copyright law in particular. The third edition of her popular casebook Copyright in a Global Information Economy (2010 co-authored) was recently published by Aspen Publishing and is widely adopted at law schools across the nation. Her casebook Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials Ver. 3.0 2012 (co-authored) is available digitally from Semaphore Press. She has published widely in law reviews, including the Florida Law Review, Washington University Law Quarterly, George Mason Law Review, Case Western Reserve Law Review and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law on topics including creative commons licensing, music copyrights in the age of the internet, copyright misuse through contract behavior, criminal copyright infringement, the proper scope of the derivative work right in the digital age, and economic analysis as it relates to the copyright doctrine of fair use. Loren’s recent article in the Wake Forest Law Review explores mechanisms in the Copyright Act that are meant to deter abuse of the Internet notice and takedown provisions.

After graduation from law school Loren clerked for the Honorable Ralph B. Guy, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. She then joined the law firm of Bodman, Longley & Dahling in Detroit, where she was involved in all aspects of intellectual property protection. Her practice included copyright and trademark counseling, application, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement litigation. During the 2006-2007 academic year Professor Loren served as the first woman dean of Lewis & Clark Law School. In 2010 she was named the Kay Kitagawa & Andy Johnson-Laird IP Faculty Scholar in recognition of her exemplary teaching and scholarship in Intellectual Property law.

Robert S. MeitusRobert S. Meitus chairs Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP’s Entertainment & Media Law practice and serves as counsel for a wide range of clients including recording artists, record labels, filmmakers, authors and creative business clients in a range of industries such as print and broadcast media, fashion and other areas. His practice largely involves negotiation of agreements, work with intellectual property protection, clearance and licensing and generally serving as business/legal counsel to numerous creative clients.  The firm’s clients have included a diverse array of talent such as The Alan Parsons Project, Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty Records, Cage the Elephant, Foxygen, Trixie Whitley, Ron Artest, as well as institutional clients such as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Emmis Broadcasting and the NCAA. Meitus is an adjunct professor of law at the Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, teaching Entertainment Law and a music law clinical course. Meitus received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, his masters of international affairs from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Wabash College. He also performs in his band Blue Sky Back and lives in Bloomington, IN, with his singer-songwriter wife, Carrie Newcomer, whom he also manages.

Marybeth PetersMarybeth Peters (*keynote), the eleventh Register of Copyrights of the United States, serving from 1994 through 2011, joined Oblon Spivak’s Trademark and Copyright practice groups as Senior Counsel. She spent almost 45 years in the Copyright Office, first as a music examiner, later as attorney-adviser in the Office of the General Counsel and chief of both the Information and Reference and Examining Divisions. From 1983 to 1994 she held the position of policy planning adviser to the register, focusing on policy and international issues and serving on many U.S. delegations. During 1989 and 1990 she was a consultant in copyright law at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1993 she served as acting general counsel of the Copyright Office. During 1976 and 1977 she had the responsibility of training the Office staff, the copyright industries, and the public in the 1976 Copyright Act. A byproduct of that training was her General Guide to that act.

During her tenure she was instrumental in the consideration and enactment of many amendments to the copyright law and testified before Congress on numerous occasions. As director of the U.S. Copyright Law, she was responsible for implementing many new laws, including The Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1994, the 1995 Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and The Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which included provisions legislation implementing two WIPO treaties and included a triennial Office rulemaking concerning circumvention of technological protection measures used by copyright owners to protect their works (known as the section 1201 rulemaking, as well as provisions limiting liability in certain circumstances of online service providers and protecting the design of vessel hulls. Additionally, she was responsible for a number of studies with legislative recommendations for Congress on contentious copyright law issues, such as statutory licenses, a possible exception for digital distance education, the protection of databases, and issues related to orphan works (works whose copyright owners are unlocatable).

Peters is an expert on copyright office registration practices and served as head of the Board of Reconsideration (which dealt with requests to register claims when the Examiner had refused to register the claim to copyright reflected in the application. She was also involved in litigation against her or the Office, where the Office was represented by the Department of Justice. She was deeply involved in the Google Book Settlement Litigation and the U.S. Statements of Interest which lead to the denial of the settlement.

From 1986 to 1995 Peters lectured in the Communications Law Institute of The Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America, and previously served as adjunct professor of copyright law at The University of Miami School of Law and at The Georgetown University Law Center. In 2011 she taught a condensed course on International Copyright at John Marshall School of Law. She also is a guest lecturer at many law schools. Because of her interest in legal education, she serves on the Intellectual Property Advisory Committees of three law schools: The George Washington University Law School, the John Marshall Law School and the Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Center of the University of New Hampshire.

Peters enjoys teaching copyright law and is a frequent speaker on copyright issues. She delivered the 1996 Horace S. Manages Lecture at Columbia University School of Law, the 2004 Brace Memorial Lecture at NYU School of Law, and the 2010 Distinguished Finnegan Lecture at the Washington College of Law, American University. She has made hundreds of presentations to bar associations, authors, publishers, motion picture and record companies, librarians, educators and to the public.

Anthony ReeseR. Anthony Reese is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine. He specializes in copyright, trademark, and Internet aspects of intellectual property law. Before coming to Irvine, he spent a decade on the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, and he has been a Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law and at Stanford Law School. He has also taught copyright law in international programs at the University of Victoria (British Columbia); St. Peter’s College, Oxford University; and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Reese has published numerous articles on copyright law and digital copyright issues in a variety of U.S. and foreign law reviews and edited volumes, and has spoken widely on those issues. His current research interests include various aspects of the termination of transfer provisions in U.S. copyright law, and the preservation of works of authorship. He is a co-author of the casebooks Copyright, Patent, Trademark and Related State Doctrines (with Paul Goldstein); Copyright: Cases & Materials (with Bob Gorman and Jane Ginsburg); and Internet Commerce (with Margaret Jane Radin, and John Rothchild).

Before entering teaching, Reese was a Research Fellow in the Program in Law, Science and Technology at Stanford Law School, and practiced intellectual property law with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where he remains Special Counsel. He clerked for the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after earning his J.D. degree with distinction from Stanford University. Before law school, he earned his B.A. degree in Russian Language and Literature from Yale University, and worked for several years in international educational exchange, including two years teaching in the People’s Republic of China.

John SimsonJohn Simson has been in the music industry since his signing in 1971 as a recording artist and songwriter. Simson's career has included stints as a manager, handling the career of 5X Grammy winner, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, special advisor to Harry Belafonte for music and television projects, and a 30 year career as an entertainment lawyer advising clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music and the visual arts. He most recently served as the Executive Director of SoundExchange from 2001-2010, an organization he helped launch in 2001. Simson received an Emmy nomination for his music supervision of the PBS series, "American Roots Music" and was named the Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts on their 10th Anniversary celebration. Simson was at the forefront of the battle for artist's rights and their ability to be paid for their work online and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Marketplace, CNN and many other news outlets. He is a frequent lecturer on music industry and copyright issues. Simson currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, is a Board member of CINE and the Music Manager's Forum. He is a 1994 Alumni of Nashville's Leadership Music Program and currently President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Grammy organization. Simson previously taught Entertainment Law at Washington College of Law. 

Elizabeth Townsend GardElizabeth Townsend Gard is an associate professor of law at Tulane University Law School, co-director and co-founder of Tulane’s Center for Intellectual Property Law & Culture, and director and co-inventor of the Durationator(r) Copyright Experiment, a software program that determines the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. Before joining the faculty at Tulane in 2007, she taught at Seattle University School of Law as a visiting assistant professor and a justice faculty fellow at the Center for the Study of Justice in Society, and in 2005-06, she taught intellectual property at the London School of Economics, where she also held a Leverhulme Trust Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Since 2004, she has been a non-resident fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society.  

She earned her PhD in European History from UCLA in 1998, where she received a number of fellowships and grants, including a Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, a Harry S. Truman Library and Museum Research Grant, and a Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship. She earned her JD and LLM in International Trade from the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, where she received a James E. Rogers LLM Graduate Fellowship, among other grants and fellowships. During law school, she served as a clerk on a number of NAFTA arbitration cases, including the Chapter 20 cross-border trucking case between Mexico and the United States.  

Townsend Gard's work has been published in Vanderbilt Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Journal for Internet Law, Columbia Journal for Law and the Arts, and Santa Clara Computer & High Tech Law Journal. She has authored two chapters, one for Edward Elgar's Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies, and the other a co-authored piece with Ron Gard in Modernism and Copyright, published by Oxford University Press. Her current work focuses on two areas:  social media and copyright law (analyzing the availability of accessible and informative copyright information for users of various social media sites in Flickr, Facebook, Pinterest, and Wikipedia) and copyright duration (including the Golan case, but also rule of the shorter term, and other issues related to determining how long copyright lasts in any jurisdiction). With Ron Gard, she is beginning a Tulane University spin-out, Limited Times LLC, that will provide self-help legal educational resources to artists, scholars, filmmakers, content owners, digitizers, and anyone else needing copyright help, which utilizes the research and work of the Durationator(r) Copyright Experiment. In additional to her specialization in copyright, she teaches property, art law, trademarks, international intellectual property, and intellectual property.  

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