Rights and Licensing Amidst Digital Change

Edward Colleran (Copyright Clearance Center), Nancy Wiley (John Wiley & Sons), Greg Merkle (Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group), Hadrien Gardeur (Feedbooks)
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Digital publishing creates opportunities for ancillary products,
customization, sharing within online communities and mashups to name a
few, but it also opens the door to new rights, licensing and copyright
questions. This session will take a pragmatic look at rights and
licensing best practices, revenue and branding opportunities, and the
unique issues publishers face as they take on the digital transition.

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Edward Colleran

Copyright Clearance Center

Ed Colleran serves as the Senior Director of International Relations
at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world’s largest provider of
copyright licensing solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives
focused on CCC’s international activities—specifically, providing
publishers around the world with new content licensing solutions and
revenue-generating initiatives based on CCC’s products and services.
Ed also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC’s digital
rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term
strategic issues facing the information industry.

An industry veteran, Ed serves on several committees of the
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFFRO)
and and currently serves on American Business Media’s policy and
digital media councils. Ed was also a two-term member of the board of
the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). He is a
featured speaker and editorial contributor on issues such as
navigating copyright requirements and the challenges and opportunities
of managing content in a digital environment. A regular speaker at
industry events, Ed has recently presented at the annual conferences
of SSP, O’Reilly Media and SIIA as well as London Online.

A ten-year veteran at CCC, Ed has 25 years of experience in the
communications and information industries. Before joining CCC, he
served as vice president and managing director of Larry Miller
Productions (now iXL, Inc.), a marketing communications firm.

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Nancy Wiley

John Wiley & Sons

Nancy Ziser is the Director of Digital Rights for John Wiley & Sons.
She oversees electronic content licensing initiatives across all
channels including websites and mobile platforms. Ziser has over 15
years of experience in the publishing and licensing industries, which
include positions at Bertelsmann and McGraw-Hill.

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Greg Merkle

Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group

As Vice President and Creative Director at Dow Jones, Greg Merkle is responsible for overseeing the user experience design of the Content Technology Solutions within the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. With more than 20 years experience in the electronic publishing and information industry, Mr. Merkle Greg has both the big picture vision of where and how information is being used as well as the implementation expertise to bring goal and task oriented products and solutions to market.

Previously, he was Associate Vice President, Product Design at Factiva and was responsible for user experience design for all products and services of Factiva. This included working strategically with the Factiva product organization and customers to prototype business ideas and build innovative products and solutions to meet their needs. The design group disciplines include: Information Architecture, Market Validation, Interface/Interaction Design, Human Factors/Usability and Data visualization.

Prior to this appointment Mr. Merkle had the role of Creative Director/Product Design and headed the product and interface design team at Dow Jones where he introduced user focused design principles and usability prior the Internet revolution.

Mr. Merkle joined Dow Jones in 1993 as an Art Director. He later focused on User Interface Design with the release of: Personal Journal, Dow Jones News/Retrieval, Dow Vision, The Dow Jones Business Center on America Online, Dow Jones Publications Library and Dow Jones Interactive.

Prior to Dow Jones, Mr. Merkle was the principal of Greg Merkle Design specializing in corporate identity and graphic design for clients including: Dow Jones, MCA Records, Societe Generale and Schering Plough.

Hadrien Gardeur


Hadrien is a software engineer and co-founder at Feedbooks.com. Feedbooks was the first company to distribute e-books in the industry standard EPUB format & is actively involved in designing OPDS, a standard for e-book distribution.

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Priscilla Treadwell
02/10/2009 11:03am EST

I was hoping for more specific information and a greater focus on: “a pragmatic look at rights and licensing best practices, revenue and branding opportunities.”

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Mark J. Levitt
02/10/2009 9:41am EST

@Rod, looks like it’s here now

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Roderick Gammon
02/10/2009 8:57am EST

Please post slides (really, for all sessions, please post when session starts).

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