Chris Reed is a legal executive in the media and entertainment industry where he focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the media industry, he served as the senior policy advisor to the director of the U.S. Copyright Office, a trial attorney for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and a law clerk to Hon. Steven J. McAuliffe of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

A recognized expert on copyright law and policy, he writes and speaks frequently on the law and business of creative expression. His most recent book, The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act: U.S. Copyright Policy for the 21st Century, was published in 2019 by Edward Elgar Publishing. Digital Media Law: A Practical Guide for the Media and Entertainment Industries from Routledge, is due out in October 2022.

He is also a photographer and an advocate for the rights of creative professionals. His book, Copyright Workflow: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images is available from Peachpit Press. He also regularly contributes to Art Law Journal and Art Business Journal, both published by Artrepreneur, a platform that helps artists navigate the business aspects of their craft.

Chris holds a J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law and a B.S. in economics from Lehigh University. He currently serves as a professor of practice teaching media law and related topics UNH Franklin Pierce, and previously served as an adjunct professor at the Center for Business and Management of the Arts at Claremont Graduate University, where he taught courses on the media business and related legal issues.

His obsession with the media business dates back to childhood when he became fascinated with local broadcasting, which manifest itself in some admittedly odd ways: Chris is a passionate fan of radio ID jingles and television news music, and has a persistent academic interest in the contractual relationship between broadcast television networks and their affiliate stations, and how that relationship has evolved over time.

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