Web 2.0 has presented an entirely new set of challenges as we deal in a world where user-generated content is the norm and new content delivery schemes are rapidly changing. Mashups, blogs, and RSS feeds, to name a few, are enabling content to be delivered to our desktops in new and unique ways anytime, anywhere.
Some content creators are concerned that they are losing exceedingly more control over their content while others welcome the great brand awareness these new content types promote. Users either don’t know what rights are associated with the content or don’t care.
Lawyers have yet to enter the fray as no legal precedent or legislation has been developed—and while copyright still applies, its interpretation varies as recent legal activities illustrate. Even technology providers are scratching their heads as to how they can provide world-class solutions to develop and disseminate new forms of content while respecting the rights of content owners.
Ed Colleran serves as the Senior Director of Rightsholder Relations at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world’s premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives focused on CCC’s publisher constituency and manages the development of content licensing solutions and new revenue-generating initiatives for CCC’s participating publishers. Ed also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC’s digital rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term strategic issues facing the information industry.
As Vice President and Creative Director at Dow Jones, Greg Merkle is responsible for overseeing the user experience design of the Content Technology Solutions within the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. With more than 20 years experience in the electronic publishing and information industry, Mr. Merkle Greg has both the big picture vision of where and how information is being used as well as the implementation expertise to bring goal and task oriented products and solutions to market.
Previously, he was Associate Vice President, Product Design at Factiva and was responsible for user experience design for all products and services of Factiva. This included working strategically with the Factiva product organization and customers to prototype business ideas and build innovative products and solutions to meet their needs. The design group disciplines include: Information Architecture, Market Validation, Interface/Interaction Design, Human Factors/Usability and Data visualization.
Prior to this appointment Mr. Merkle had the role of Creative Director/Product Design and headed the product and interface design team at Dow Jones where he introduced user focused design principles and usability prior the Internet revolution.
Mr. Merkle joined Dow Jones in 1993 as an Art Director. He later focused on User Interface Design with the release of: Personal Journal, Dow Jones News/Retrieval, Dow Vision, The Dow Jones Business Center on America Online, Dow Jones Publications Library and Dow Jones Interactive.
Prior to Dow Jones, Mr. Merkle was the principal of Greg Merkle Design specializing in corporate identity and graphic design for clients including: Dow Jones, MCA Records, Societe Generale and Schering Plough.
As a proven high-energy technical leader with diverse lab and worldwide field experience, Dan is highly-regarded for his ability to match emerging technologies against customer business needs and how to be an intensely productive internal advocate for customers. He is currently focusing his efforts on the incubation of PHP frameworks and runtimes that will help to enable business professionals to create composite applications. Dan holds a Masters Degree in Artificial Intelligence from Polytechnic University, and BA in Computer Science from Manhanttanville College. Dan’s career with IBM has included software and product development projects in the areas of Expert Systems, OS/2, Secure Internet Payment Systems, Web Services and RIA Accessibility. Regardless of the technology domain, Dan’s forte is end-to-end solution consulting – including evangelism, architecture definition, contract negotiations, business development and product promotion – around emerging technologies. His current focus is on the adoption enablement of situational applications by driving customer engagements around IBM’s enterprise mashup technologies. Dan has a keen interest in topics that pertain to the validation of the evolving mashup ecosystem (widget standards, common vernacular, content copyright, monetization, etc) In his spare time Dan is an award wining winemaker and Joomla webmaster for a number of non-profit organizations.
Roberta Cairney is the founder of Roberta Cairney Law Offices, based in San Francisco. Her practice focuses on transactions involving nearly every form of new, old, and emerging technology.
She has advised a wide array of clients on the use of new technology tools and innovative business models in distributing and developing content and services, including O’Reilly Media, Safari Books Online, Lucasfilm Ltd., Charles Schwab & Co., The Perl Foundation, Chronicle Books, and The Exploratorium.
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