The NMPA’s President and CEO, David Israelite.

This year’s legal seminar keynote, David Israelite, is President and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association and has emerged as a central player in copyright protection at a time when the digital landscape is as tumultuous as the NSA programs designed to monitor it. Since 2005 Israelite has been an extremely effective advocate for publishers, and the songwriters and composers they represent, gaining ground on everything from track downloads to ringtones. He even struck a settlement with YouTube over royalties for publishers concerning user-generated videos that feature copyrighted songs.

More recently Israelite and the NMPA have been a critical voice in the fight between ASCAP and Pandora, where the latter has sued the former for lower royalty rates in federal district court. “Another sad step in Pandora’s escalating war against songwriters,” Israelite, told Billboard. “While other digital partners are making voluntary deals, Pandora chooses to sue the very creators who make its business possible.”

Israelite previously served as Chairman of the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and has brought invaluable experience from his time on Capitol Hill to the trade association’s copyright advocacy. During that same time he was also the Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States.

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CMJ Music Marathon 2013 takes place October 15-19 in New York City.