If you are interested and Copyright and Technology, this conference is for you. My friend Gordon Platt of Gotham Ventures is arranging this event. Be aware that although I plan on attending this event, my law office is not affiliated with it. Let me know if you are planning on going.
Copyright and Technology 2011 Conference
November 30, 2011
Manhattan Penthouse, New York City
Sponsorship opportunities at the Underwriting, Partner, and Media levels are still available. Please inquire for more information.
AMEC presents AMEC Art Law Summit, Lincoln Center, New York, October 27, 2011.
8:00 – 8:30am Continental Breakfast
|8:30 – 9:15 am||Opening Remarks
|9:15 – 9:45 am||Keynote Address
|10:00 – 11:00 am||Plenary Session: The Current State of Video Content Protection: Good enough for Now, Good Enough for the Future?
Sponsored by Irdeto
|11:00 -11:30 am||Networking break – Sponsored by Civolution|
|11:30 am – 12:45 pm||The Real World of DRM Implementation|
|12:45 – 2:00 pm||Lunch – sponsored by Irdeto|
|2:00 – 3:15 pm||Content Security Challenges in Multi-Platform Distribution|
|3:30 – 4:45 pm||Content Identification: New Applications and Services|
Law & Policy Track
4-1/2 Hours of NYS CLE credit will be available for the Law and Policy track of this conference. Discounted tuition is available for attorneys in government or non-profit practice. Financial assistance is available upon request.
|11:30 am – 12:45 pm||The Google Book Settlement: Good Riddance or Lost Opportunity?
|12:45 – 2:00 pm||Lunch – sponsored by Irdeto|
|2:00 – 3:15 pm||Digital First Sale and the Copyright “Duck Test”
|3:30 – 4:45 pm||New Music Services Push the Legal Envelope
- Opening Address by Bill Rosenblatt, Program Chair
The interface between the copyright system and digital technology continues to be fraught with challenges as well as opportunities. The ground is shifting from encryption-based DRM to technologies for identifying content and tracking its use rather than controlling it, while DRM is maintaining its presence in innovative business models. Developments in the field come fast and furious; it’s hard to keep track. This talk will provide an overview of the copyright and technology landscape and examine trends into the future. Newcomers will gain a solid grounding in the field, while industry insiders will glean perspectives and insights from a consultant and author who has been on the front lines of the industry for the past 15 years.
- Keynote Address
Tom Rubin, Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property Strategy, Microsoft
- Plenary Session: The Current State of Video Content Protection: Good enough for Now, Good Enough for the Future?
Do today’s content protection technologies for broadband video stand up well enough to hacks and other security threats? Will they need to be stronger in the future to maintain the standards of protection that content owners expect? On this panel, we’ll explore the current state of content protection for IP video and examine trends in end-to-end content security that indicate whether today’s protections will be good enough for tomorrow and what types of advances in technologies and processes may be necessary.
- The Real World of DRM Implementation
Unless you are distributing permanent music downloads over the Internet, major content owners still require DRM and other content protection technologies. If you’re building a service that features premium content, you will need to implement one or more forms of DRM. In this session, we’ll hear stories from the trenches and learn about the technical challenges, costs, security considerations, and other factors where the rubber meets the road.
- Content Security Challenges in Multi-Platform Distribution
Today’s content services have to support a growing multitude of platforms, including Android, iOS, and other mobile platforms in addition to PCs, Macs, and set-top boxes. This leads to challenges in DRM strategy as well as the security of client software. We’ll hear from experts who can explain the challenges as well as the solutions that are appearing on the market.
- Content Identification: New Applications and Services
The markets for content fingerprinting and watermarking technology are growing to encompass new and surprising applications beyond copyright filtering. In this session, we’ll hear some case studies of new content identification applications and services that are helping to make the underlying technology more powerful and scalable.
- The Google Book Settlement: Good Riddance or Lost Opportunity?
Judge Denny Chin rejected the proposed settlement between Google and book publishers and authors over Google’s book scanning and book search programs. The parties to the settlement argued that it contained great benefits to all parties as well as to society, while Judge Chin raised concerns about competition as well as structures that should be set up through legislation rather than litigation. Now that the settlement is dead, what will happen next? What should happen?
- New Music Services Push the Legal Envelope
New digital music services have launched that test the limits of copyright law. Several features are at issue, including ”scan and match” to let users store their music in the cloud without actually uploading the files, ”cloud sync” of users’ music onto all of their devices, and features that facilitate copying of possibly illegal files into users’ own online collections. At the same time, music companies want service providers to be more proactive in keeping unauthorized music off their services. What are the legal and licensing issues behind these features, and where are the issues likely to come out?
- Digital First Sale and the Copyright “Duck Test”
What rights do you get when you buy a piece of digital content? For example, do you get rights under First Sale (17 USC 109) or not? The Ninth Circuit added some clarity to this murky legal question in its opinion in Vernor v. Autodesk last year. The Court stated that if the license agreement in a sale of digital content contains terms that are more restrictive than those of a copyright sale, then the license holds and the terms are enforceable. What are the implications of this decision on other forms of content? Will publishers start putting “shrinkwrap agreements” on printed books? Will the decision affect used record and video stores? What will the future of First Sale in the digital world look like?