Robert Ashcroft – Chief Executive of PRS for Music, the UK’s leading music copyright collecting society, since 2010. In 2014 he initiated the debate over the so-called “Transfer of Value”, with an economics paper co-authored with Prof. George Barker of University College London, entitled “Is copyright law fit for purpose in the Internet era?”, which highlighted the role of copyright as an engine of economic growth rather than an obstacle to it. This thinking shaped the European Commission’s approach to the Copyright Directive, now nearing completion of its journey through the European Council and Parliament.
Kamil Bechta – attorney’s trainee at ORA in Warsaw. The intellectual property law is in the scope of his interests since his studies at the Jagiellonian University. During his studies, Kamil Bechta was actively involved in the circle of Intellectual Property Law TBSP UJ. The master’s thesis was devoted to issues related to the use of Creative Commons Licenses under Polish law. Kamil Bechta is also a co-author of a scientific article devoted to the use of Creative Commons Licenses
Weronika Bednarska – doctoral candidate at the Institute of Intellectual Property Law on Jagiellonian University. Together with Maryla Bywalec and out of consideration for the modern law services they created SO IN LAW, a project for sharing their knowledge about intellectual property law or data protection, publishing and helping the creatives to resolve their legal problems.
Monika Boruta-Żywiczyńska – PhD student in Linguistics, and a BA student in Cognite Sciences, at NCU, Toruń, Poland. Obtained her MA in General Linguistics at the department of English Philology. Her research interests involve: cognitive linguistics, communication, gesture studies, NVC, sign languages, language acquisition and learning.
Aleksandra Burda – attorney’s trainee at the Warsaw Bar, associate at SMM Legal. PhD student at the Department of Intellectual Property and Intangible Property Rights (University of Warsaw). She deals with the protection of industrial property in civil, penal and dispute proceedings at the Polish Patent Office. She represented the European Law Students Association ELSA at the 25th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore at WIPO.
Maryla Bywalec – advocate applicant in the Advocates Chamber of Katowice. Together with Weronika Bednarska and out of consideration for the modern law services they created SO IN LAW, a project for sharing their knowledge about intellectual property law or data protection, publishing and helping the creatives to resolve their legal problems.
Astor Nummelin Carlberg – OFE’s Senior Policy Adviser (policy development and advocacy). He was an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament. He has extensive experience of European policy making processes, communications and network-building, and a keen interest in Europe’s digital challenges and potential. He has been engaged with the Copyright Directive in both roles. Astor has a degree in Political Science and German literature from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, and has also studied at the Free University in Berlin.
Anna Desponds – culture manager, film curator. Member of the Management Board of Fundacja Pełne Zanurzenie, co-organizer of the StoryCode Warsaw network gathering the creators of immersive narrative forms, such as cinematic VR and webdocs. Co-hosts the „Odbiornik” podcast of the dwutygodnik.com magazine dedicated to hybrid digital culture. In the past, she was associated with the documentary festival and the distribution company Against Gravity. She works in Warsaw and Berlin. (photo: Piotr Skrzycki)
Elżbieta Dobosz – expert at the Polish Patent Office. Head of the Industrial Design Department. On behalf of the UPRP, she cooperates with the EUIPO in matters related to the protection of designs. A long-time member of the jury of the Good Design competition organized by the Institute of Industrial Design.
Aleksandra Drożdż – intellectual property and personal data protection lawyer. Member of „30 under 30” program led by American Chamber of Commerce. Alumna of courses in the field of IP at Hugo Grotius Center for IP Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard University. Founder of an interdisciplinary university society Law&Art at University of Warsaw. Winner of the award for the best thesis in the field of IP in 2016 awarded by the Patent Office and the Confederation Lewiatan.
Natalia Dulkowska – PhD candidate in the Department of European Law at the University of Warsaw, focusing on the protection of well-known and reputable trademarks. She graduated in Law the American Law Center at the University of Warsaw. She is a member of the International Trademark Association and in 2017 she was selected as one of the five recipients of the INTA Scholarship. Natalia is a lawyer, practicing IP, New Technologies and Personal Data Protection Law in Magnusson law firm.
Zofia Dziurawiec – graduated with distinction from the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow (diploma project was realized in Advertisement Form Studio). She received a Rector’s scholarship for the best students twice. She has been assisting in Lettering and Typography Studio for a year. Together with: Paulina Łabuz, Maria Smaga and Zuzanna Opozda, she won the prize in the international competition A Design Award in the category of visual communication. She engages mainly in graphic design.
Ula Furgał – PhD researcher in law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of copyright in the regulation of online news publishing. Prior to coming to the EUI, she has received LLM from Trinity College Dublin and Masters in Law from Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Ula has previously worked as an IP & data protection lawyer and consumer rights’ advisor. Her research interests focus on copyright, information and internet law.
Kuba Gąsiorowski – Ph.D. in law, attorney specializing in international trade law, intellectual property and combating unfair competition; he represented a wide range of businesses, from chemical, through construction, toy companies, food manufacturers up to cosmetics; in disputes for ideas, trademarks and products he acted on the both sides of the struggle; alumnus of the Fulbright scholarship in Washington D.C.; co-managing partner in WEBER law firm.
Konrad Gliściński – analyst at the Kalecki Foundation, lecturer at the H. Grotius Intellectual Property Center, lawyer of the Jagiellonian Center of Innovation sp. O.o.. He completed doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University and post-graduate studies of company law at the Warsaw School of Economics. He holds the LL.M title of the University of Turin in the field of IPR law. Author of the book „All rights reserved. The history of disputes over copyright. 1469 – 1928”.
Włodzimierz Gogołek – Prof. dr. hab. engineer, specialist in the field of IT in media and education. He practised in computer-assisted teaching, and establish the first Polish company of online information brokering. As the editor-in-chief and chairman of the Polish Press Agency he designed and implemented a system for collecting and distributing multimedia information resources. As a board member, he worked on the implementation of large ICT systems at Polish Telecom. Teacher and researcher. Since 2011 – mainly in the field of collection and refining Big Data.
Luca Guidobaldi – qualified lawyer in Italy. He has a solid expertise in copyright and trademarks in the fashion, media, music, entertainment and art sectors; in his daily work at Nctm Studio Legale, Luca is constantly dedicated to provide assistance and advice, in and out-of-court, to a large and diverse international Clientbase – ranging from the youngest startups and solo artists to the biggest Made in Italy brands, entertainment giants, as well as popular bands and showbiz people.
Wojciech Hardy – PhD student at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw. Since 2012, he has been conducting research on the so-called internet ‘piracy’ – currently as part of his PhD and in his own research project at the Institute for Structural Research – IBS. His interests lie in, among others, digital culture, culture in general, mythology from different parts of the world and gender inequality issues. Last, but definitely not least, he spends time being a dad.
Zuzanna Janin – sculptor, author of installations, video-installations, photographs and performances. Graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais, Sierre (Switzerland). Doctoral degree awarded by University of the Arts Poznan. Her works were exhibited, i.a., at Istanbul Biennal, Biennale of Sydney, Sonsbeek’93, Liverpool Biennal, and 54th Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou Metz, Mam Rio de Janeiro, Whitechapel London, Hoffmann Sammlung Berlin. Between 2009-2012 she directed a found-footage video installation „Majka from the Movie” using footage from a TV series from the 1970s „The Folly of Majka Skowron”
Bernd Justin Jütte – Assistant Professor in Law at the University of Nottingham. His research focusses on digital copyright in the EU, copyright reform, and transformative uses. His recent publications focus on the role of fundamental rights in copyright law and music sampling, remixing and mashing.
Marek Kościkiewicz – muzyk, wokalista, kompozytor, autor tekstów, producent muzyczny. Założyciel i lider zespołu De Mono. Autor większości piosenek grupy, w tym największych hitów m.in.: „Kochać inaczej”, „Statki na niebie”, „Znów jesteś ze mną”, „Kamień i aksamit”. Kompozytor przebojów wielu uznanych wykonawców oraz autor muzyki filmowej i reklamowej. Założyciel firmy fonograficznej ZIC-ZAC i pisma muzycznego Machina.
Łukasz Kozak – technology and media expert, medievalist, the author of Polona’s promotional success in 2013-2015. The creator of the most popular reviews of digitized collections in the network (including Discarding Images and Old pictures with animals). Cooperates with cultural institutions from around the world in the use, sharing and promotion of digital content.
Magdalena Krawczyk – attorney at law, Ph.D candidate at the Institute of Intellectual Property Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the JU in Cracow, professionally supports entrepreneurs by advising on commercial and competition law, in her daily work she draws on her interests in the legal regulation of technology transfer and protection of trade secrets; additionally she has extensive experience in compliance consulting; senior associate at Kubas Kos Gałkowski Attorneys law firm.
Viola Kuś – creator of the overproductive thought carried out and explored in visual arts. She explores her own mind taking up various roles – of an archivist, ethnographer, historian, futurologist or human brain researcher. Currently she analyses e.g., neuro-psycho-physical human state based on performative acts. Since 2015, Viola Kuś has been the president of the Art & Science Research Foundation om – organisms and machines in culture. She collaborates with the ICNT Neurocognitive Laboratory at UMK in Toruń. http://violkakus.pl/
Dorota Kutyła – born in Warsaw and faithful to her own city. A graduate of Polish Philology and Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. The author of texts, among others on memory, city, minorities, revolution and freedom. Currently, among others as part of the National Science Center grant, he writes about Warsaw as a city of a new civilization. He dreams about many things. He likes to laugh :) and makes thinking and writing the content of his life.
Anders Lassen – CEO of the Danish collecting agency Koda and President of GESAC, the European grouping of collective management societies. A journalist by education, Anders Lassen started in the television business as a reporter, producer and news anchor. During the late nineties, he worked as CEO of digital startups and digital ventures in the media industry. Since 2010, he has been heading Koda and has cemented its reputation as one of the most efficient CMO’s in the world as well as being a strong advocate of international cooperation between societies.
Zsófia Lehóczki – lawyer, assistant lecturer, music copyright specialist. As a lawyer she offers trainings and advice to those music industry professionals, who are in need of specialist knowledge of copyright system. She is also a member of the Business Law Department team of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, constantly working on law and business projects devoted to copyright and new technologies. She is preparing a doctoral thesis on the protection of musical works in the digital era.
Rafał Masny – współtwórca Abstrachuje.TV najpopularniejszego polskiego kanału na youtube. Współzałożyciel firmy Abstra. Od 6 lat aktywny uczestnik i obserwator polskiego rynku internetowego wideo i influencer marketingu.
Natalia Mileszyk – lawyer and public policy expert in Centrum Cyfrowe team, dealing with digital rights, copyright reform and open policies. A member of Communia Association for Public Domain, where she coordinates the advocacy team, and a legal expert for Creative Commons Poland. She is a graduate of the Warsaw University and the Central European University in Budapest (L.LM.). Tweets at @nmileszyk
Chris Morrison – Copyright, Software Licensing and IS Policy Manager at the University of Kent. Member of the Universities UK Copyright Negotiation and Advisory Committee on whose behalf he also attends the Education Licensing Working Group (ELWG). Co-author of the second edition of Copyright and E-Learning: a guide for practitioners (2016), the originator of Copyright the Card Game. Previously worked at the British Library and the PRS collecting society. @UKCopyrightLit (tw) and https://copyrightliteracy.org (with Jane Secker).
Monika Osmańska – graduate of MA studies in history and sociology at the University of Warsaw (within the Interfaculty Individual Studies in the Humanities) and law at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, doctoral studies organized by the SWPS Humanist Social University in Warsaw, doctor of legal sciences, civil servant. The subjects of her scientific interest are public finance and intellectual property law.
Burak Özgen – General Counsel at GESAC that represents more than 1m creators in EU/EEA in the process of European law and policy making. Before joining GESAC, Burak advised international companies and industry organisations from creative sector, worked at the European Commission and took part in international projects such as “Fair Music Business Model” and “Music Rights in Southern Africa” as legal advisor and project coordinator. He is a PhD researcher at Ghent University and was a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School in winter 2010 where he gave a seminar course on „Current issues in music licensing”.
Tomasz Palak – legal advisor in Profit Plus, the main area of his legal interests is internet entrepreneurship – copyright and social media, personal data protection, regulations, etc. He publishes articles and conducts trainings on these topics. In his spare time a guitarist, he also runs a blog tomaszpalak.pl. Tomasz Palak was elected the best speaker of the fourth edition of the „I love marketing” conference.
Plamena Popova – has a PhD in intellectual property law (Copyrights & Architecture), currently working on IP/IT legal issues and digital rights. She is also an European Trademark and Design Attorney. She is a member of INTA Internet Committee and Internet Society.
Aleksandra Przegalińska – PhD in philosophy of AI, Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, currently Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. Aleksandra’s current primary research interest include consequences of introducing artificial intelligence systems to people’s social and professional sphere as well as wearable technologies and human/bot interaction. Visiting scholar at The New School for Social Research/ Brown University in New York City (2014). Chairman of Media Regulation Working Party at the EU Council (2011). Photo: Albert Zawada GW
Ewa Radomska – PhD candidate in law and sociology at the Jagiellonian University. Principal investigator of the grant “Social conflict over intellectual property rights on the example of Polish discourses on copyright” funded by the NSC. She is interested in social and cultural aspects of copyright, especially in people’s communication about norms that regulate sharing creative works. She is also looking answer for the question, how has communist legacy influenced Poles’ understanding of intellectual property.
Joanna Radziszewska – graduate of the University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Law and Administration in 2001. Attorney-at-law, since 2005. In 2007 – 2008 did two postgraduate courses: Public Procurement in Poland and European Union and Founds of European Union. She’s inscribed as a mediator on the list of Gdańsk Bar Association. Participant in Doctoral Studies in Law at the University of Gdańsk, since 2016.
Eleonora Rosati – Italian avvocato focusing on IP and internet, tenured associate professor in IP law at the University of Southampton, guest lecturer in copyright law at EDHEC Business School (Lille campus) and Queen Mary University of London, editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press). Policy consultant at her own e-LAWnora and also door tenant at 8 New Square in London. Author of numerous contributions on IP, including to The IPKat and The 1709 Blog (over 600 posts). www.elawnora.com.
Jane Secker – Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London. Co-author of Copyright and E-learning: a guide for practitioners (Facet, 2016). Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and a member of the Universities UK Copyright Negotiation and Advisory Committee. Member of the Copyright Advisory Panel at UK’s Intellectual Property Office. For over 15 years she was Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at London School of Economics and Political Science. @UKCopyrightLit (tw) and: https://copyrightliteracy.org (with Chris Morrison).
Will Slauter – PhD in history from Princeton University, associate professor at Université Paris Diderot and a member of the Institut universitaire de France. He is the author of Who Owns the News? A History of Copyright (Stanford University Press, 2019) as well as several articles on the history of news publishing.
Beata Sobkow – English law solicitor focusing on data protection and legal issues surrounding blockchain; VR, AR, and MR; the Internet of Things; and AI. Beata has recently obtained an LLM in Computer Law from Queen Mary University of London and is due to start her PhD at the same university this year. Her research focuses on the intersection of IP and data protection law in areas like the liability of online intermediaries and blockchain technologies.
Jacek Staniszewski – history and computer science teacher in Akademia Dobrej Edukacji (Good Education Academy) in Warsaw. Since 2015 he has been its principal. Jacek was a member of the history unit at the Educational Research Institute where he co-ran research projects concerning history teaching. He prepared and hosted many workshops for teachers in Poland and abroad. Blogger (doklasy.pl) and podcaster (edugadki.pl). The ambassador of the European Association of History Educators.
Paulina Szczucińska – Physics Faculty, Warsaw University graduate, creates bonds between world of science and a day-to-day life. For many years in collaboration with Scientific American and National Geographic. Currently cooperating with OpenStax, a not for profit foundation and the biggest free academic textbook publisher in the U.S. At OpenStax Poland project she works to deliver to Polish students free and reliable textbooks and to make OpenStax.org textbook platform more user-friendly.
Agnieszka Sztoldman – PhD in law, expert in industrial property law and unfair competition. Head of the practice of Intellectual Property and Competition in one of the largest law firms in Poland. Specializes in litigation and advisory, especially in the pharmaceutical, chemical and technology sectors. Researcher and lecturer at the Department of Civil Law and Private International Law at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics at the University of Wrocław. Author of the first European monograph on the Bolar exception.
Brigitte Vézina – international IP consultant, member of the Quebec Bar. Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation analyzing the international negotiations for the IP protection of traditional cultural expressions and examining IP issues around cultural appropriation in the fashion industry. Legal Officer in the Traditional Knowledge Division at WIPO (2006-2016), also previously in the Cultural Enterprise and Copyright Section at UNESCO and at Robic (Montreal-based IP law firm).
Stephen Wyber – Manager, Policy and Advocacy at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, where he oversees work on building a better policy and legal environment for libraries. IFLA has engaged strongly in the ongoing European copyright reform, as well as in efforts to promote better copyright for libraries, archives and museums at WIPO, and supports its members in their own national reform efforts.
Sebastian Zdrojewski – System, Network and Data Security advisor for over 20 years, in 2017 co-founded a company that uses, among others, the blockchain technology for copyright and intellectual property protection and enforcement. Member of an Italian workgroup named “Blockchain Life Science Open Lab” that aims to analyze the usability and application of the technology in e-Health and pharmaceutical industries.