Challenges and Opportunities for Europe’s Digital Single Market

When: October 24, 2018 at 8:30am - 10:30am EDT - This event has passed

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Challenges and Opportunities for Europe’s
Digital Single Market


The idea behind the Digital Single Market, launched in May 2015, was to tear down regulatory walls and move from 28 national digital markets to a single one.

Since May 2015, the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy has sought to harmonize the various copyright frameworks and balance the interests of the copyright holder with the interests of ensuring creativity not be stifled. In September 2016, the Commission issued a proposed directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and many amendments were subsequently proposed by various committees. On September 12, the European Parliament voted favorably on a compromise text for the proposed directive, and consultations between the Parliament, the Council, and the European Commission will commence. The DSM proposal still remains controversial with attention focused on Article 11, known as the Link Tax, Article 13 that deals with uploading material, and the Text and Data Mining Exception.

Please join us for breakfast and a thoughtful panel discussion covering the DSM’s roll out, including discussion regarding how U.S. copyright holders should prepare.


Leah Chan Grinvald (Moderator) 
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law focused on trademark, copyright and international intellectual property 

Professor Grinvald received her B.A. in East Asian Studies, summa cum laude, from The George Washington University. She later obtained a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where she served as the Articles and Notes Editor for the Journal of International Law & Politics.Following law school, Professor Grinvald served as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr. in the Indiana State Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law, Professor Grinvald was an assistant professor of law at Saint Louis University School of Law. Professor Grinvald teaches courses in Trademarks, Copyright, and International Intellectual Property. Her research focuses on domestic and international enforcement of intellectual property laws. Prior to entering academia, Professor Grinvald served as global corporate counsel at Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. She advised on a variety of legal issues including trademark, copyright, contract and employment law arising within TaylorMade and its affiliated entities located outside of the United States. Before TaylorMade, Professor Grinvald was a corporate associate with Latham & Watkins LLP and Clifford Chance US LLP.

George Howard
Music Business and Management, Berklee College of Music 

George Howard is an associate professor of music business/management at Berklee College of Music. He is the founder of GHS, a strategic consulting firm that advises a wide range of clients on how to integrate technology with strategy in order to increase brand awareness and revenue through innovation, social media, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships. A partial list of clients includes: Intel, National Public Radio, CVS Pharmacy, Alticor/Amway, Brown University, Paste Magazine, SpokenLayer, SingFit, The Landmark School, BigchainDB, Wolfgang’s Vault, and the Townsend Group. Additionally, Howard is the cofounder of Music Audience Exchange, which comprises a team of digital marketers, engineers, and music lovers, using technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. He is the former president of Rykodisc, the world’s largest independent record label, and cofounder of TuneCore, the world’s largest independent digital music distributor. Howard is a sought-after expert witness who has drafted reports for and testified in many high-profile cases. He also is a columnist for Forbes, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and many other publications.

Mark Seeley

Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Elsevier and Principal of SciPubLaw 

Mark Seeley is a recently retired General Counsel for science publisher Elsevier (as of January 2018), and is now consulting on public policy issues touching on science publishing.  As in-house counsel since 1995, Mark has significant experience in most areas of legal work, including acquisitions, publishing contracts, sales (licensing), and compliance.  Mark’s key interests however have always been in intellectual property policy and development, particularly copyright, and in publishing ethics. Mark Seeley is a frequent speaker and panelist on copyright and publishing matters.  He also serves as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School.  And his photo is below 


Kevin Amer
Senior Counsel for Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office 

Kevin Amer is Senior Counsel for Policy & International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office.  He has been a co-author of several of the Office’s recent policy studies (The Making Available Right in the United States (2016) and Orphan Works and Mass Digitization (2015)), and is currently a member of the team conducting the Office’s triennial rulemaking regarding technological protection measures. On the international front, he has served on U.S. government delegations to the World Intellectual Property Organization and in trade-related negotiations, including initiatives on transatlantic issues as well as NAFTA. Prior to joining the Office, he spent several years as an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., focusing on appellate litigation. Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles R. Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received a JD from Yale Law School and an AB from Harvard University.


Co-sponsorED BY:

Suffolk University Law School
Boston Patent Law Association

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