MPAA, KBS America, Tokyopop, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Los Angeles City Attorney's Office to Participate in Unique Panel Aimed at Combating Internet Piracy

LOS ANGELES, California - November 5, 2008 - In an effort to bring together multiple industries and regions in the fight against global piracy, the Korea Copyright Commission and Entertainment Asia Network have announced the panel 'Protecting Copyright in a Digital Age,' which will be held on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

This free event hosted by the Korea Copyright Commission and sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles will provide a forum for governmental agencies along with Asian and U.S. content holders and distributors in the industries of film, television, music, gaming, and new media to discuss how to protect copyright in an ever increasing digital world.

The panel will cover piracy and copyright issues that have plagued both Asia and the U.S. This includes government action and initiatives to control piracy, as well as new and innovative business models and strategies employed by companies to expand digital distribution while making it a priority to protect copyright.

Specifically, South Korea and Japan have the most developed broadband networks in the world, according to a study by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Korea, ranked first in broadband adoption, has a staggering broadband penetration rate of 93% while second-ranked Japan has the world's fastest average download speed of 63.6 Mbps (megabits per second). As a result, however, these two countries have also seen some of the highest rates of online piracy.

Join this unique opportunity to hear experts from both regions discuss the most effective methods in fighting Internet piracy. Refreshments will be provided and there will be time for networking immediately following the panel.

Panelists include:

Jim Williams
Chief Technology Officer, MPAA

Jim Williams leads the Office of Technology for the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc (MPAA) in its efforts to facilitate a smooth digital transition that provides consumers new ways to enjoy Hollywood content when, where and how they want. Jim works closely with the six major motion picture studios to advance movie and television producer's interests throughout the world in various technology-related capacities, including content protection license negotiation, license enforcement, industry relations, government relations, pro-technology public outreach and standardization. Jim joined the MPAA as Vice President, Television and Video Systems Standards in 2002. In 2006, Jim was given responsibility to lead all international technology initiatives of the MPAA's international counterpart, the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Maura Kawai
Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

Maura Kawai is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in Los Angeles, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She covers the IT and telecom, entertainment and new media sectors in Los Angeles. She works together with firms to assist them in expanding their business, especially overseas. The U.S. Commercial Service has a global network of eighty offices in U.S. Embassies and U.S. Consulates worldwide.

Jeffrey Chang
Director of New Media Business Marketing, KBS America

Jeffrey Chang is Director of New Media Business Marketing at KBS America, a Los Angeles-based company dedicated to providing top-quality programs of KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) in North America and promoting cultural ties between Korea and the United States. He currently oversees KBS America's new media business marketing and strategy development for the distribution of KBS programs in North America. Mr. Chang researches local markets and new technology to develop strategies for various online and IPTV platforms. He is also responsible for protecting the copyright of KBS contents.

Jeremy Ross
Director of New Product Development, TOKYOPOP

Jeremy Ross leads new product development at TOKYOPOP adapting the company's original manga and manhwa into games, animation, film and other media. Jeremy initiated TOKYOPOP's original manga development, signing over 100 worldwide creators. He heads Online Manga and Pilots on Jeremy develops TOKYOPOP's Korean relationships, working with artists, government agencies and publishing partners. He has served as a judge & speaker at events in Seoul & LA. He successfully launched the first mobile manga viewer on-deck from major US carriers with partner uclick, and the first e-ink manga with SONY's Reader. Jeremy was previously Executive Producer for 3-D CG pioneers Kleiser-Walczak, Director of New Technology at Callaway and VP of Computer Games at Byron Preiss Multimedia.

Christopher R. Garcia
Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Christopher R. Garcia prosecutes Identity Theft, Government Benefit Fraud and Piracy of intellectual property as a Deputy City Attorney and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He has trained LAPD's Vice officers and LAPD's Organized Crime and Vice Division on anti-piracy. Mr. Garcia has also trained state and local law enforcement regarding prosecution of counterfeit goods and software at Oakley's Training Facility and at the Electronics Entertainment Exposition. His undergraduate degree is from Berkeley and his law degree is from Harvard. An adjunct professor of law, he teaches introduction to cyber crimes and trial advocacy. Mr. Garcia has lectured on Identity Theft and Government Benefit Fraud at the University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles and at other financial, retail and government institutions.


Clifford Lo
Entertainment Lawyer, Law Offices of Clifford Lo

Clifford Lo, Esq., has practiced exclusively entertainment law since 1996. Mr. Lo studied at Yale and Boston College Law School and is licensed in California. He spent six years as in-house counsel with Disney focusing upon Asia, Latin America, and Europe, including two years based in London. Mr. Lo then established his private practice in 2002, to assist production companies, producers, screenwriters, directors & others with entertainment transactional matters. The Law Offices of Clifford Lo handles copyright; options for book & life story rights, treatments & scripts; producer attachment, collaborator & writer agreements; company formation; equity financing paperwork; production legal; international co-productions; and distribution legal, including agreements with producers reps & sales agents.

Event details:

Date and Time: November 19, 2008, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Ari Hall (3rd Floor)
5505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
*Parking is available behind the building off Dunsmuir Avenue.
Refreshments: Food and drinks will be served immediately following the panel.
Cost: FREE

To RSVP for this panel, please email Mina T. Son at [email protected] Please include name, company and contact information in the RSVP.

About the Korea Copyright Commission

The Korea Copyright Commission, which was established in 1987 in accordance with the Copyright Act in Korea, is housed under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Commission administers all entertainment copyright related services in Korea such as overseeing the copyright deliberation and conciliation system, operating the copyright registration system, training and educating copyright experts, and increasing public awareness on copyright related issues.

About the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles

The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles works under the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea to promote mutual cultural understanding between the United States and Korea. The Korean Cultural Center welcomes the general public to experience the rich traditions and history of Korea through specialized programs, sponsored events, films, art exhibitions, multiple learning resources and much more.

About Entertainment Asia Network, Inc.

Entertainment Asia Network, Inc. is a research and consulting company that specializes in providing credible and relevant information pertaining to the entertainment and media industries in Asia and the U.S. Our primary goal is to evaluate and identify important business and investment opportunities with unbiased and accurate information needed for our clients to make effective strategic decisions in the film, television, gaming, Internet and mobile content, music, and animation industries.

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