speaking + teaching

Chris speaks regularly on topics at the nexus of creativity, business, and the law.
Selected past engagements include:

Panelist, Global Rights Management Systems and Marketplaces
ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law, Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, NV (October 2016)

Panelist, Rightstech in the Enterprise
RIGHTStech Summit
New York, NY (July 2016)

Panelist, Exposed: Digital Imagery, Drones, Publicity and Privacy
Subbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Preccelerator® Program
Santa Monica, CA (June 2016)

Panelist, Three Futures for the Art World: A Debate and Discussion
Sotheby’s Institute
Los Angeles, CA (June 2016)

Speaker, 21st Century Theft: Brand Protection Strategies in the Digital Age
Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection Summit
San Francisco, CA (January 2016)

Keynote, Understanding Copyright and Building a Copyright-Centered Workflow
American Society of Picture Professionals, West Chapter
Los Angeles, CA (April 2015)

Panelist, Compensation and Attribution in the Internet Age
CEPIC Annual Congress
Barcelona, Spain (June 2013)

Panelist, The American Perspective: Life After the Google Book Search Settlement
CEPIC Annual Congress
Istanbul, Turkey (May 2011)

Keynote Presentations

Should you register your copyrights? What is a copyright anyway? Should you really be worried about people stealing your images on the Internet? How has the legal landscape for photographers changed with the emergence of Internet photo sharing? How do you protect your images while still “getting your work out there?”

This information-packed seminar answers these questions and more, helping you build best practices for copyright registration and management into your existing image processing workflows. Part legal tutorial, part software tutorial, this seminar will help you understand essential copyright concepts that apply to you and your business, and teach you how to maximize your rights without sacrificing exposure.

Substantively similar to Understanding Copyright and Building a Copyright-Centered Workflow this presentation considers copyright law and sound copyright registration and management practices through the lens of the statutes, regulations, administrative practices, and recent cases that form the foundation of those practices. Designed specifically for lawyers and paralegals who represent visual artists, attendees will come away with practical tips and techniques for advising their clients along with the relevant legal and policy background.

Although this presentation is designed to serve continuing legal education requirements, it has not been approved for CLE credit by any jurisdiction. Certification and approval of the presentation’s content for CLE purposes is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization.

In photography, the “circle of confusion” refers to the zone between that which is perfectly in focus, and that which isn’t. The Circle of Confusion: Photography at the Nexus of Copyright and the Networked Economy helps photographers, visual artists, and those who represent them bring into focus the challenges raised by rapidly evolving technologies, the rise of the “casual professional” photographer, and the lack of meaningful copyright enforcement tools. Beyond identifying the issues, participants will consider how to harness the same technological change and market dynamics to develop new business models and create value in new ways for their clients. Part lecture, part “town hall” discussion, and part workshop, The Circle of Confusion will stimulate discussion and inspire professional growth.

The past several years have brought the most robust policy debates about copyright policy that we have witnessed in nearly four decades. Congress recently concluded a comprehensive review of the existing copyright law (most of which is, itself, more than three decades old) comprising more than 20 hearings and 100 witnesses from every corner of the copyright community. In addition, the U.S. Copyright Office, and other federal agencies involved in copyright policy issues, have been busy producing policy reports on key issues to help inform and advance the conversation. In this information-packed session, participants will learn about the review process, the major issues facing the copyright community, and some of the various proposals for addressing them.

On-Demand Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers

The View from Washington:
The Next Great Copyright Act and Copyright Review

Chris Reed and Ben Sheffner (VP/Legal Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America), discuss the copyright review process playing out in Washington, including the history of amendments to the 1976 Copyright Act; the various players in the current process that may result in significant changes to the statutes, and a description of the debates over various specific issues now under debate. Published by New Media Legal Publishing and offered for CLE credit in a number of jurisdictions through West LegalEdcenter.


Chris also teaches graduate courses on copyright and the legal and
business foundations of the media and entertainment industries:

The Media Business

This course examines the business models relating to the production and distribution of books, music, films, television programs, sports, news and information, and related industries. Students will understand how fundamental economic principles have formed the underpinnings of contemporary media distribution business models and how recent technological innovation has begun to reshape the content business landscape. Students will gain exposure to the market demands, economic context, and legal and regulatory environment in which creators and content business executives must decide how to create, produce, and distribute the next generation of the American cultural experience.

Media Law

This course explores the legal standards that determine what the media may and may not do. After completing the course, students will understand the fundamentals of how the American legal system works; have an understanding and appreciation for the freedoms embodied in the First Amendment and how they impact the media and the media’s role in a democratic society; and understand the legal environment in which the media must function, including libel, privacy, copyright, broadcast regulation, advertising, and various other doctrines and policy issues that relate to the media industry.

Current Issues in Copyright Practice

In March of 2013 Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante delivered a landmark speech entitled “The Next Great Copyright Act,” which called upon Congress to revise the nation’s copyright law for the digital age. Congress listened, and a month later, the House Judiciary Committee embarked on the most comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law since the enactment of the Copyright Act of 1976.  In the course of its review it has held over a dozen hearings on a diverse array of copyright issues affecting the entire copyright ecosystem, from individual authors, the intermediaries that invest in and distribute their work, and the users that ultimately consume it.  This course explores the major issues confronting the national copyright system, and engages students to propose and evaluate possible solutions and approaches to building our nation’s next great copyright act.

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