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Richard Pfohl

General Counsel,
Music Canada
Toronto, ON, Canada
Richard Pfohl is General Counsel to the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which represents the major and many leading independent recording labels who create and distribute the vast majority of all recordings sold in Canada. Richard represents the Canadian recording industry before government agencies and Parliament, negotiates industry-wide agreements, and directs major litigation on behalf of the industry. Richard is also General Counsel to the industry’s licensing agency, the AVLA Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA), which represents producers of 95% of all musical audio recordings and music videos produced and distributed in Canada. He has served as Vice President of Re:Sound, which administers the rights of performers and record producers for all public performances and broadcasts of music in Canada, and as a director of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC).

Richard has been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toronto Law School, where he has taught courses on internet, information technology and electronic commerce law. He has also lectured and co-taught in the Osgoode Hall LL.M. and LL.B. programs, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on copyright and internet law issues, and the author of articles and chapters on internet, digital commerce and free speech issues.

Richard draws on experience from over 25 years working in Toronto, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and with several respected Washington-based law firms. Prior to joining CRIA in 2003, Richard was a partner in the Technology and Intellectual Property groups of the Toronto offices of the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault. Richard previously served as Counsel to US Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Technology, and to Senator Dianne Feinstein.