Panelists/Performers

William Alford

William P. Alford is the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, the Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, and the Director of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.  He is the author of To Steal is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (Stanford 1995), editor of Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia (Harvard 2004), and author of scores of articles concerning China, international law, US-East Asian relations, and other subjects.  Professor Alford earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst and holds graduate degrees from Yale (in Chinese and History), the University of Cambridge (in law), and Harvard Law School.  He has served as a consultant to various entities of the US government, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, Special Olympics, corporations, foreign governments, law firms and non-governmental organizations.  He has been a dispute resolution panelist under the North American Free Trade Agreement and is an Honorary Professor of Renmin University (PRC) and Zhejiang University (PRC).

John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-founder and current Vice Chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Since May of 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  As an inhabitant and observer of cyberspace, he has written for a wild diversity of publications, ranging from Communications of the ACM to The New York Times to Nerve.  His piece for Wired on the future of copyright, The Economy of Ideas,  is now taught in many law schools. He is a recognized commentator on information economics, digitized intellectual goods, cyber liberties, virtual community, electronic cash, cryptography policy, privacy, and the social, cultural, and legal conditions forming in cyberspace.  He has recently been working with Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, in an effort to get all of Brazil's music online.  Finally, he recognizes that there is a difference between information and experience and he vastly prefers the latter.

Michael Bell-Smith

Michael Bell Smith is a New York-based visual artist, musician and educator.  In September of 2004, with the help of Downhillbattle.org, he created "3 Notes Runnin'" (www.downhillbattle.org/3notes), an online reaction to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Case No. 01-00412.  In the case, the court found that NWA violated copyright law when they sampled three notes of a guitar riff from Funkadelic's "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" for their song "100 Miles and Runnin.'"  In protest, 3 Notes and Runnin' encouraged musicians and sound artists to create their own 30 second compositions using only the 1.5 second guitar riff as their source material.  Exhibitions of Bell-Smith's visual art include: Foxy Production, New York; [plug.in], Basel, Switzerland; Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool, England; and Eyebeam Gallery, New York.  His audio work has been featured in The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and, as half of The 424 Sound Monster, on their self-released conceptual mixtape "Blazin Blip Blop and Blar & Blee" (www.burncopy.com/424/).

Yochai Benkler 

Yochai Benkler a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His research focuses on the effects of laws that regulate information production and exchange on the distribution of control over information flows, knowledge, and culture in the digital environment. His particular focus has been on the neglected role of commons-based approaches towards management of resources in the digitally networked environment. He has written about the economics and political theory of rules governing
telecommunications infrastructure, with a special emphasis on wireless communications, rules governing private control over information, in particular intellectual property, and of relevant aspects of U.S. constitutional law.

Jeffrey P. Cunard

Jeffrey P. Cunard practices in the area of U.S. and international
telecommunications law and intellectual property law, including joint ventures, privatizations, regulatory advice and e-commerce transactions, and is an internationally recognized practitioner in the field of the Internet and cyberlaw.  He is the author of, a contributor to, and speaks widely on communications law and intellectual property.  He is also an active participant in community activities and the arts, including acting as a Director for the Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Friends of Khmer Culture, Inc.; Rhizome.org; and the College Art Association. Mr. Cunard is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and is Co-Director of the Berkman Center Clinical Program on Cyberlaw at Harvard Law School.

Maria Daniels

Maria has worked as a professional photographer since 1987, and has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University.  Over 20,000 of her photographs are currently published online as part of the Perseus Project digital library at Tufts University. She has done editorial photography work for magazines including Archaeology and Avamco World. In her current role, at WGBH, Maria oversees New Media production and development for the American Experience, an award-winning
history series on PBS. Her own photographs, unique portraits, attempt to find collaborative ways of showing the subject.

David Dixon of Beatallica

Dr. David Dixon, while working as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Marquette University in 2001, became the Webmaster (of Puppets) for a local Milwaukee spoof/tribute band which he named Beatallica.  He has been maintaining its online presence ever since at beatallica.org.  Beatallica hybridizes the music of The Beatles and Metallica in striking and often hilarious ways, creating a "live mashup."  The band has not sold a single CD to date; all of its music is given away for free via the website, peer-to-peer networks and BitTorrent.  The band relies on merchandise sales, live shows, and donations to cover its costs.  In February 2005, Dixon was served with a cease-and-desist notice from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, claiming copyright infringement of The Beatles' catalogue.  Dixon also records sample-based music under the moniker Stark Effect (stark-effect.com), and has contributed to online projects such as Dictionaraoke (dictionaraoke.com) and Free Speech For Sale (freespeechforsalecom).

Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty returns with his ATO Records debut and first full-band album since his former group, Soul Coughing, disbanded in 2000. Produced by Dan Wilson, HAUGHTY MELODIC features the redemption anthem "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well," the soaring "Unsingable Name," the yearning "White Lexus," a duet with Dave Matthews on "Tremendous Brunettes," and eight other songs featuring Mike's matchless voice. After five years touring as a singer-songwriter, and three self-released CDs, "one of pop music's most audacious wordsmiths" (SF Weekly) is back in the spotlight.

Lawrence Ferrara

 Lawrence Ferrara is a pianist and music theorist with expertise in music copyright. He is Professor and, for the last ten years, Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at New York University, where he received his Ph.D. in music.  With 1,400 students -- baccalaureate through Ph.D. -- majoring in music performance, music composition and theory, music technology, music business, music education, or music therapy and over 300 faculty, this department functions as the music conservatory for NYU.  Ferrara's books include Philosophy and the Analysis of Music: Bridges to Sound, Form and Reference and Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation.  Written with Roger Phelps, the Fifth Edition of A Guide to Research in Music Education was released in 2005.  Ferrara has been a music copyright consultant for all major record, music publishing and motion picture companies as well as numerous indep! endent record companies in music copyright claims involving numerous composer/artists including: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Sean Combs, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean, James Brown, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Jay Z, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Luther Vandross, Enrique Iglesias, Tom Petty, Tupac, Shania Twain, Prince, and Jennifer Lopez as well as numerous groups such as 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Filter, Train, Real McCoy, War, and SWV.

William Fisher

Professor Fisher received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (J.D. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Since 1984, he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he is currently the Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His academic honors include a Danforth Postbaccalaureate Fellowship (1978-1982) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California (1992-1993).

Eric Hellweg

Eric Hellweg has covered technology, business, and digital music for 10 years. According to former MP3.com CEO Michael Robertson, Hellweg was the "first journalist to really understand the digital music story." A founding editor of Business 2.0 magazine, Hellweg is currently a columnist for CNN Money online, MIT's Technology Review, Business2.com and also an executive editor at Forrester Research's Forrester Magazine. His freelance work can be found in The New York Times, SPIN, Rolling Stone Online, Edutopia, and Wired.

Paul Hoffert

Paul Hoffert has the mind of a mathematician and the soul of an artist.  An established jazz recording artist, television performer, off-Broadway musical author, and film composer, he has also both invented and led companies focused on pioneering audio and connectivity technologies.  Mr. Hoffert is Chair of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Chair of the Guild of Canadian Film and Television Composers, Fine Arts Professor at York University, and a Board Director of the Glenn Gould Foundation, the SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Foundation for the Arts, Virtual Museum of Canada, United Nations World Summit Award (Information Society), Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and Ontario Arts Council Foundation.  He is former President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, former Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, and former Board Director of the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association (CIRPA), Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, Smart Toronto, Performing Rights Society of Canada, and Music Promotion Foundation.

Paul Marino

Paul Marino is an award-winning Machinima director and designer, with six years of experience in the field. He is also the author of the first book about Machinima, The Art of Machinima (Paraglyph Press, September 2004). Marino is the executive director of the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences and oversees the annual Machinima Film Festival in New York. Marino has been featured in pieces about Machinima by respected media outlets such as The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Wired, PBS, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CNN. Prior to his involvement with Machinima, Marino was a broadcast design/animation professional where he received several awards, including an Emmy for his work with Turner Broadcasting System.

Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall is a scholar/producer interested in the ways that popular music reflects and informs our ideas about self and community. A Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wayne is writing a dissertation on the thirty-year interplay between hip-hop and reggae, examining music’s power to give shape and form to the social and cultural flows between the United States and Jamaica and the new identities emerging through transnational circulation. Wayne is also a producer and performer of various electronic and popular musical styles, seeking to inform his study of music through his creative work and vice versa. While living in Jamaica during the first half of 2003, Wayne conducted dissertation research, recorded an album’s worth of songs, interviews, and soundscape samples, and initiated a series of digital music workshops in high schools and prisons in and around Kingston. Currently, Wayne is living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, teaching, making music, and working on his dissertation.

Walter McDonough

Walter McDonough is the General Counsel and one of the founders of the Future of Music Coalition and a recording artist representative board member of SoundExchange. Although the FMC is best known for its annual conference at Georgetown Law School, in actuality, the FMC is a non-profit research institute that examines the law, economics and technology of music from the perspective of musicians, record labels, songwriters, music publishers, performing rights organizations, academics and music educators and librarians. He has written for several publications, including Performer magazine, and he has been interviewed by National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered" and "Eye on the Media", the Washington Post, the Industry Standard, Webnoize, Music Business International, CMJ, the Tennessean, and the Boston Globe. Mr. McDonough has traveled throughout North America to moderate, lecture, and be a panelist at forums held by Harvard Law School, MIT, Northeastern University, CMJ, the Plug In Conference, the Harvard Law School Journal of Law and Technology Conference, Canadian Music Week, South by Southwest, the National Music Business Educators Conference, Webnoize, NEMO, and, of course, the Future of Music Coalition Policy Conference.

In his other life, Mr. McDonough is an entertainment, Internet and intellectual property attorney in Boston. He is a former member of the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Steering Committee, the Co-Chair of the BBA Arts, Entertainment and Sports and Entertainment Law Committee and an adjunct faculty member of Suffolk University Law School and a visiting professor at University College at Northeastern University.

Kembrew McLeod

A journalist, activist, artist and professor in the department of communication studies at the University of Iowa, Kembrew McLeod is the author of two books on intellectual property and culture, Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership & Intellectual Property and Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity (Doubleday/Random House, 2005). He has written music criticism for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and Mojo, and is also the coproducer of a 2001 documentary on the music industry, Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music. McLeod is currently co-producing a documentary on the history of digital sampling and sound collage, titled Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport.

Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson is the Weld Professor of law at Harvard Law School and founder of the Berkman Center. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard College in 1960, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law in 1963. He clerked for Justice John Marshall Harlan of the United States Supreme Court and served as Special Assistant to John Doar in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He joined the Harvard Law faculty in 1966. Nesson has taught courses on evidence, criminal law, trial advocacy, torts and ethics, incorporating the latest technologies.

Naomi Novik

Author of the fantasy series TEMERAIRE, coming in Spring 2006 from Del Rey and Harper Collins UK, Naomi Novik has been writing fanfiction for more than a decade. She is also the founder and organizer of Vividcon, the annual convention for digital video enthusiasts who create music videos and other short films based on their favorite television shows and movies, and of the Commonverse, a project dedicated to applying the "open source" approach for software development to the writing of commercial shared-universe fiction.

Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl graduated in 1997 from Harvard in and in 2000 from Yale Law School, where he concentrated on evolving ideas of artistic intellectual property and public domain. He has taught literature and writing at Harvard and Emerson College. His first novel was a work of historical fiction called The Dante Club, a New York Times and International Bestseller published in over 40 countries and 30 languages.

Wendy Seltzer

Wendy Seltzer is a lawyer and Special Projects Coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she specializes in intellectual property and free speech issues. As a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. Prior to joining EFF, Wendy taught Internet Law as an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University School of Law and practiced intellectual property and technology litigation with Kramer Levin in New York. Wendy speaks frequently on copyright, trademark, open source, and the public interest online. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally takes a break from legal code to program (Perl).

Jake Shapiro

Jake Shapiro is Executive Director of the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), a nonprofit web-based service for distribution, peer review, and licensing of radio programming. Prior to helping launch PRX in 2003, Jake served as Associate Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where he oversaw projects related to intellectual property, digital media, and Internet architecture. He remains a Berkman Center Fellow.

Jake has worked as a producer with The Connection, a nationally distributed call-in talk show from WBUR in Boston. He is also an independent musician and composer and has recorded and performed on guitar and cello with numerous groups, most recently the Boston rock band Two Ton Shoe.

Jenny Toomey

Jenny Toomey is the Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition. She is also an intellectual, an activist and a musician.
In the past four years as the Executive Director of FMC, Jenny has spoken at over one hundred universities and conferences including Harvard, MIT, UC-Berkeley, Columbia's American Assembly, South By Southwest, CMJ, JazzFest, Comdex, University of Chicago, Temple University, the NARM Convention,
London's Net Media, Manchester's In The City, Australia's Music Manager's Forum, the World Social Forum in Brazil, the Ford Foundation¹s MAC Learning Circle in Ghana, Forum 21 in Chantilly, France, the Royal Copyright Society in London, NXNE in Toronto, and many others. She has been interviewed on CNN, CSPAN, NHK Japan, Tech TV, PBS, BBC, the Jim Lehrer News Hour, NPR's
Morning Edition, All Things Considered and the Diane Rehm Show. Jenny has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, the US Copyright Office, the FCC and the FTC.  In 2002 she co-taught a music and technology course at Georgetown University, and in 2003 she coordinated a national tour with respected artists Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Janeane Garofalo, Mike Mills,
Jill Sobule and Boots Riley to raise awareness of US media and trade policies.

Rebecca Tushnet

Rebecca Tushnet is an assistant professor at the New York University School of Law (visiting Georgetown, 2004-2005). After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and Associate Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining the NYU faculty. Her publications include “Copy This Journal: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It” (Yale L.J. 2004), "Copyright as a Model for Free Speech Law" (B.C. L. Rev. 2000) and "Legal Fictions: Copyright, Fan Fiction, and a New Common Law" (Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 1997), and her work currently focuses on the relationship between the First Amendment and false advertising law. She has advised and represented several fan fiction websites in disputes with copyright and trademark owners. She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library (Basic Books, 2004). Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM, Salon.com, openDemocracy.net, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison and is currently an assistant professor of Culture and Communication at New York University. He lives in Greenwich Village, USA.

Shoshana Zisk

Shoshana Zisk is an entertainment lawyer with a wide range of experience in the music industry. She is bar admitted in California, New York and Florida.

Shoshana currently runs Business Affairs for George Clinton and his musical groups Parliament, Funkadelic and The P-Funk Allstars. She also runs his new independent record label, The C Kunspyruhzy. Shoshana previously worked in Legal Affairs at BMG Entertainment, Copyright at Motown, and A&R Admin at Island Records.

Shoshana is available to provide legal services to pop music industry clients in California, New York and Florida. This includes record labels, publishing companies, singers, songwriters and musicians. Contact Shoshana for a professional consultation.