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Variety magazine and CDSA, the international content protection association, will launch the first-ever Entertainment Content Protection Summit on Dec. 8 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, California. The one-day event will offer an intensive download of roundtable sessions and presentations on the changing state of content piracy in today’s world of ubiquitous entertainment. Studio, video game, music and publishing executives will find out about the newest business strategies to minimize risk and maximize profits.

“The entertainment industry’s treasure — its content — is being plundered by pirates of all kinds,” says Conference Co-Chair Richard Atkinson. “In today’s digital world, we are under siege by organized crime, anonymous hackers, recalcitrant cyberlockers, and even our own customers. This Summit will identify the threats and provide new ways for our industry go on the offense — taking down or frustrating pirates and even, at times, capitalizing on piracy consumption.”

A recognized expert and consultant in the areas of media piracy, business and technology strategy and consumer experience, Atkinson created and ran Disney’s Anti-Piracy Operations team for six years; previously he served as a technology innovator for Walt Disney Imaginnering.  His co-chair is Devendra Mishra, MESA chief strategist and an adjunct professor of decision sciences at Pepperdine University.

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