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Blockchain is the technology that gave birth to Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies; it is also a technology that will revolutionize a number of industries, including photography. Blockchain coupled with smart contracts is poised to bring a set of tools to photographers that will guarantee ownership, uniqueness, & complete license control - in perpetuity.
Join us to learn about & explore what blockchain & smart contracts are.
Meet Maria Kessler
Maria Kessler is a veteran of stock photography houses such as FPG, Dynamic Graphics, & Jupiterimages. Maria also helped launch ImageRights International, an image recognition software service that finds unauthorized image uses & secures retro-active image licenses. Her image experience includes managing key photographers, overseeing global shoots/productions, collection acquisitions, distribution partners, strategic sales agreements, & managing rights issues. Maria also held a variety of positions, in addition to president, of the image industry's trade organization, Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA). Her career has focused on various aspects of licensing & rights.

Edward Klaris is the Managing Partner of Klaris Law PLLC, a media & intellectual property law firm, & he is C.E.O. of KlarisIP, a consulting & managed services firm specializing in intellectual property rights &royalty management, digital asset management & master data management. Ed has been an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School since 2005 where he teaches media & intellectual property law. He is Senior Advisor to Desilva & Phillips, a premiere media investment bank. Ed serves on the Communications Committee of Human Rights Watch & is a member of the Communications Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

For more than eight years, Ed was Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property Assets & Rights at Cond Nast, where he led a group of about 50 people managing & monetizing all of the company's media assets worldwide. Ed was General Counsel of The New Yorker for more than six years; he was Media Counsel at ABC; & he started his career defending media & entertainment companies against libel, privacy, newsgathering, copyright, & other claims in courts around the country. Ed was the Chair of the Communications Law Committee of the NY State Bar, & was Chairman of the Board of Pilobolus Dance Theater for thirteen years.
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