Rethinking Copyright for the Digital World

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In the digital world everyone is a publisher or producer. From the occasional blogger to the amateur photographer, new media tools and outlets are changing the way that we create, publish and share information. Traditional copyright law, much of which dates to the advent of the printing press, is constantly being put to the test as people find new ways to use and re-use existing creativity.

Copyright Clearance Center, the world’s leading provider of copyright licensing solutions will assemble a panel of experts from the legal, publishing and social media worlds for a frank and open conversation to discuss where copyright is headed and address pertinent and timely questions such as;

• Are new media tools creating new problems or opportunities for copyright holders?

• Is the practice of “permitted infringement” a help or hindrance?

• How do viral marketing and social networking affect attitudes toward copyright?

The future of digital content – music, video, and publishing – is dependant on finding the delicate balance between what is legal, what is logical and what is right.

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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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Rafat Ali

Since founding in 2002, Ali has overseen the rollout to three new verticals and the expansion into revenue generating events for the parent company ContentNext Media.

Before ContentNext, Rafat was managing editor of the Silicon Alley Reporter. Editor & Publisher has called Rafat “journalism’s poster boy for career independence from news companies,” and CBS MarketWatch has called him “a pioneer in using the Web for an almost real-time business news feed.”

In July 2008, Rafat sold ContentNext Media to UK-based Guardian News & Media. Rafat and his executive team continue to run the company as a stand-alone business.

Rafat was the Knight Foundation Fellow at Indiana University, his alma mater, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000.

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Sree Sreenivasan

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Sree is a journalism educator at Columbia University and a technology evangelist and skeptic (feel free to ask him how it’s possible to be both) who works to help journalists and consumers use technology in smarter ways (after eight years of doing tech reporting on TV, he’s now doing so at

AT COLUMBIA: In January 2008, he was appointed to a newly created position at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Dean of Student Affairs, overseeing all aspects of student affairs for the school’s 400 students from 30+ countries and 35+ states: Admissions and Financial Aid, Student Services/Acitivites, Career Services. He had previous worked as Dean of Students from July 2005-December 2007.

In this, his 17th year of teaching, he continues to teach in the school’s digital journalism program. In July 2007, he was promoted to Professor of Professional Practice. He also teaches workshops in Smarter Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time, Figuring Out Blogs & Whatever’s Next, along with other topics, in newsrooms and educational institutions around the US and abroad.

In the Fall of 2009, along with adjunct professor Adam Glenn, Sree created a five-week course on Social-media Skills for Journalists – how reporters and editors can use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc, to better connect with audiences and bring attention to their own work. See the syllabus and notes from the course at In the same semester, he co-taught, with Jeremy Kagan and Doug Herman, a Master Class for second-year MBA students on “Creating, Distributing and Marketing Digital Content” at Columbia Business School.

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Eric Schwartz

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Eric has more than 15 years of experience providing domestic and international copyright
law and policy counseling; advising as expert witness, preparation of appellate
briefs and providing general litigation strategy; counseling on Copyright Office
practices; testifying before Congress and relevant federal agencies; counseling
on new technological rights and management matters; advising on all manner of
IP commercial transactions.

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • Copia
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • Adobe
  • Aptara
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Bowker
  • codeMantra
  • Connotate
  • Google
  • HP
  • LibreDigital
  • MagMe
  • Malloy
  • Mark Logic
  • oXygen XML Editor
  • Chuckwalla
  • Foxit Software
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Jouve North America
  • Lulu
  • Marvell
  • Media Services Group
  • PubServ
  • Safari Books Online
  • Silverchair
  • Virtusales
  • Vitrium Systems
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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