ASPP DC/South presents: Copyright: The Facts and the Myths

ASPP DC/South Chapter presents a must see seminar and panel discussion on Copyright Law on Thursday, October 18th in Georgetown at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts. During the evening, our keynote speaker and panelist will throw light on some common myths and facts related to copyright.

The development of technology and the internet has dramatically increased the ease with which works are created, published and indeed copied.  In this environment, misconceptions have become common.

You will learn about:

  • How to Prevent Image Theft
  • Registering Your Creative Work
  • Changes in the Industry
  • Licensing Imagery Correctly

And much, much more…….


ModeratorJohn Harrington, – John is a photographer and author of Best Business Practices for Photographers. He is also a former president of the White House Press Photographers Association.

Keynote Speaker: Christopher S. Reed

Senior Advisor for Policy & Special Projects

Office of the Register of Copyrights

U.S. Copyright Office

Panelists: Brad Newberg (Partner, Reed Smith), Mimi Dornack (Director, Client Development and Outreach, National Geographic Society)

Register by Friday, October 12 for discounted early bird pricing! 

 ASPP – Current Members: Free if registered by Oct 12th,, $5.00 after October 12th  (look for the code emailed to you)

 WPOW, ASMP, APA, WHPPA, NPPA, DC SMUG: $15.00 (receive $5.00 off – code: Sisters)


Thursday, October 18th

6:30PM to 9PM


John Harrington, Moderator

6:30 – Networking and refreshments

7:15 – Keynote Speaker – Christopher S. Reed

Senior Advisor for Policy & Special Projects

Office of the Register of Copyrights

U.S. Copyright Office

8:00 – Panel Discussion – Brad Newberg (Partner, Reed Smith), Mimi Dornack (Director, Client Development and Outreach, National Geographic Society)

8:30 – Q and A’s

Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (BUCDIA)
Foundry Building
1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Studio A – Lower Level
Washington, DC 20007

Transportation and Parking at BUCIDA: 

Metro: Take the Orange or Blue line to the Foggy Bottom stop (15 minute walk to BUCDIA) or Rosslyn stop (25 minute walk).

Shuttle: The Georgetown Metro Connection runs from 7:00am to midnight daily, picking up passengers at the Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn stops every ten minutes. Stop is a few minute walk away from BUCDIA

Bus: The DC Circulator runs from Union Station to Georgetown via M Street.

Parking: There is a convenient parking garage adjacent to BUCDIA. $10 and stays open until midnight.

Reed-HeadshotKeynote Speaker: Christopher S. Reed 

Senior Advisor for Policy & Special Projects

Office of the Register of Copyrights

U.S. Copyright Office

Christopher S. Reed was appointed senior advisor for policy & special projects in January 2012. In this capacity, Chris advises the Register of Copyrights on a variety of issues relating copyright law and policy, technology, and the Office’s registration and recordation systems. He joined the Copyright Office as a special advisor in the Office of the Register in January 2011.

Prior to joining the Copyright Office, Chris served as an attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked principally on matters relating to the entertainment and media industries. Chris participated in the United States’ investigation of the proposed Google Book Search Settlement Agreement and helped prepare the government’s two court filings in the case. Chris also served in a leadership role on the Justice Department’s investigation of the joint venture between Comcast Corporation and NBC-Universal, Inc. In addition, he was the primary attorney responsible for monitoring compliance with the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

Chris received his B.S. (economics) from Lehigh University and he holds a J.D. and LL.M. (intellectual property) from the University of New Hampshire School of Law where he served as editor-in-chief of IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review, and where he currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching advanced copyright courses as part of the school’s intellectual property master class curriculum. After graduation, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.