The Berkman Center
The DMX is supported by The Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The Berkman Center is a Harvard University Law School research program that explores cyberspace and helps pioneer its development. Berkman represents a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with code, commerce, governance, privacy, intellectual property, and education, as they relate to cyberspace. It supports Harvard Law School curriculum, often in conjunction with other Harvard schools and MIT.
DMX Founding Directors
William (Terry) Fisher (www.tfisher.org), Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellctual Property Law at Harvard and Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, is the DMX Principal Investigator. Fisher is author of “Promises to Keep,” which has been cited by the New York Times and industry analysts as providing clear and insightful solutions to online content distribution problems.
Fisher directs the Digital Media Project at Harvard, which builds on survey data conducted in 2002 at the Berkman Center on consumer behaviors and attitudes towards downloading and streaming digital content from the Internet. Supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Gartner/G2, and the Soros Foundation, the Digital Media Project led Fisher to propose an Entertainment Coop as an alternative to the existing entertainment business structure. The Digital Media Exchange (DMX) is a concretization of that proposal.
Paul Hoffert (www.paulhoffert.ca) is Professor of Fine Arts at York University and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Hoffert is author of several books related to DMX issues, and is former director of CulTech Research Centre (York University), where he conducted applied research trials that studied the distribution of online content to connected communities. In addition, Hoffert has serious qualifications in both the music and film industries. He is a founding member of the hit band Lighthouse, which eaned many gold, platinum record awards in the '70s. He is a multi-awarded composer and conductor of movie and television soundtracks, and former President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Hoffert received the Visionary award from Canada’s new media industry in 2001 and holds the Order of Canada for his contributions to music and media.
Hoffert brings a keen understanding of the “street” to the DMX as well as trusted relationships with many of the warring parties in the online content debates. He has assembled consortia of stakeholders in the entertainment and telecommunications industry, along with governments, to conduct trials of online content distribution, including the $100 million Intercom Ontario trial (1994-1999).