Bill Rosenblatt is a globally recognized authority on technology issues pertaining to intellectual property in the digital age.  He has contributed to standards initiatives related to content identification, metadata, and rights.  Bill has served as an expert witness in litigations related to copyright, digital content and security technologies, in federal court and before the Copyright Royalty Board and the PTO.  He has testified before and advised public policy entities on digital copyright and technology issues on three continents.

Bill is author of the book Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology (Wiley), technical books published by OíReilly, and several whitepapers, book chapters and journal articles on technologies related to digital media and copyright. He writes the blog Copyright and Technology and is a media and entertainment contributor to Forbes.

In addition to the Copyright and Technology Conferences that Bill chairs, he has been an invited speaker at many conferences, including the World Economic Forum (Davos) and other events worldwide. He has been quoted in periodicals in eight countries and has appeared on ABC News and on National Public Radio.  

Prior to founding Giantsteps in 2000, Bill was Chief Technology Officer of Fathom, a knowledge destination web site for lifelong learners backed by Columbia University, the London School of Economics, and other scholarly institutions. Bill defined Fathom’s content and e-commerce technology architecture and built its technology infrastructure.

Bill’s publishing industry experience includes stints at McGraw-Hill and Times Mirror Co.  Before joining Fathom, he served as VP of Technology and New Media for McGraw-Hill's trade magazine division, where he was responsible for implementing the business’ vertical market web portal strategy, including, an information portal for the aviation industry. At Times Mirror, as Director of Publishing Systems, Bill implemented content management systems for many of Times Mirror's newspaper, book, and professional information publishing businesses, and performed technical due diligence on acquisition candidate companies.

At Sun Microsystems, Bill served as a technology strategy consultant to Sunís major media and publishing customers and did business development work for Sun's video server product line. Then, as Market Development Manager for Media, Entertainment, and Publishing, he defined Sunís market strategy for the industry and built alliances with software vendors who serve it.  His career in digital media began at Moody's Investors Service, the bond rating agency, where he developed a pre-web-era architecture for electronic publishing of Moody’s credit reports.

He holds a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and he has had executive education at Harvard and University of Southern California business schools. 

Bill is a member of the Book Industry Study Group, the Copyright Society of the USA, and the Open Music Initiative.

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