Dean Marks is a copyright and content protection attorney with expertise in the film and media industry. His practice includes complex transactions, litigation and emerging digital formats to distribute copyrighted works. Dean served as in-house counsel for more than 25 years with Warner Bros. and Time Warner, most recently as Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property. He established and guided business practices with respect to copyright, digital rights management and content protection issues and worked extensively on the introduction of the DVD and Blu-ray formats and protection measures for digital streaming of audiovisual content. Dean also worked extensively on domestic and international copyright policy and legislation. From 1992 to 1995 Dean was Vice President in Time Warner’s European public policy office in Brussels, where he worked on media and copyright related issues. He was a private sector adviser to the U.S. government delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Diplomatic Conference, which resulted in the adoption of the WIPO Copyright Treaties in 1996. From 2015 to 2017, Dean was Deputy General Counsel and Chief, Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”), where he headed a global team to safeguard film and television content from all forms of piracy on behalf of the major Hollywood studios. Dean has testified in numerous U.S. Copyright Office hearings and roundtables and serves as an expert for WIPO conferences and as an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright Law project. Dean has lectured and taught at numerous conferences and institutions, including an advanced copyright course at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center. Dean received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University in 1980, and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1985. He clerked for Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
- Admitted to practice in the State of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association
- Los Angeles Copyright Society
- Copyright Society of the USA
- Stanford University, B.A. (1980)
- Yale Law School, J.D. (1985)