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What a strange trip - Digital Media from Napster to Pandora and beyond - Perspectives of two online executives on the legal battles behind the scenes that are shaping modern digital distribution of content


November 20, 2013

Room 190

5:30pm - 7:00pm.
The reception will begin at 5:30pm and the panel at 6:00pm.


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Digital distribution of content continues to disrupt business models of the music, film and other content industries. As this technical revolution unfolds, various legal strategies have been developed to fight content piracy. At the same time, new platforms have emerged that provide a new level of user experience while paying content owners. From Napster, to Itunes, YouTube, and Spotify countless controversies are surrounding these platforms.

Come and join us for a unique educational event featuring two of the most experienced industry experts who have lived the transformation from analog to digital as leaders of some of the most disruptive digital media companies. The panelists will address the following issues:

  • Intermediary liability lawsuits
  • Fair payment of artists
  • Legislative proposals to fight piracy
  • Retransmission and resale of content online


  • Alex Alben, Author of Analog Days – How Technology Rewrote Our Future; former VP, RealNetworks
  • Hank Barry, Partner, Sidley Austin; former CEO, Napster

Moderated by Prof. Phil Malone, Director of Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic of the Mills Legal Clinic