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Chris Reed is a legal executive in the entertainment industry focusing on the development and implementation of strategies to protect creative assets from infringement and piracy. He previously served as policy counsel, advising executives on intellectual property issues, including legislation and regulatory matters.

Before joining the entertainment industry, Chris was the senior advisor for policy and special projects at the U.S. Copyright Office, where he advised the Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, on a variety of issues relating to copyright law and policy, technology, and the Office’s registration and recordation systems. He was involved in several of the Register’s landmark speeches and publications, including The Next Great Copyright ActThe Curious Case of Copyright Formalities, and The Next Generation Copyright Office: What it Means and Why It Matters. He also worked closely on Congressional testimony on a variety of topics, including copyright law revision, online piracy, and routine agency oversight and budgetary matters. In addition to his work as senior advisor, Chris served as acting chief of the Information & Records Division from August 2013 to March 2014, during which time he oversaw the Copyright Office’s public information functions and the storage and retrieval of copyright ownership records and deposited works.

Chris previously served as an attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked principally on matters relating to the entertainment and media industries. He participated in the United States’ investigation of the proposed Google Book Search Settlement Agreement and helped prepare the government’s two court filings in the case. Chris also served in a leadership role on the Justice Department’s investigation of the joint venture between Comcast Corporation and NBC-Universal, Inc. In addition, he was the primary attorney responsible for monitoring compliance with the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Chris also provides strategic advice and business development counsel to Orangenius, Inc., a New York-based startup developing an ecosystem for members of the art community to manage their business from concept to market. In addition, he holds an adjunct appointment at Claremont Graduate University where he teaches courses on media law and business in an arts management program offered by the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Drucker School of Management.

Chris received his B.S. in economics from Lehigh University and he holds a J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) where he served as editor-in-chief of IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review, and where he later taught “Current Issues in Copyright Practice,” an advanced copyright policy seminar, as an adjunct professor. After graduation, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

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