L.A. conference to assemble digital Hollywood execs and legal experts


Cleveland, OH – April 18, 2007 – OverDrive, a leading provider of digital media services, announced that its president and CEO Steve Potash will present at the LexisNexis Digital Rights Management (DRM) Conference April 23-24 in Beverly Hills, California.  Mr. Potash will share insights from his 20 years of experience developing, licensing and protecting copyrighted digital media on a panel entitled “An Insider’s Perspective on Digital Rights Management of Content.” Information on the conference can be found at http://www.lexisnexis.com/conferences/.

OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) operates a global digital rights clearinghouse that provides access to over 100,000 premium digital audio books, eBooks, music and video, from more than 500 publishers, to its network of 5,000 libraries worldwide.

The conference will update leaders in the entertainment industry on real-world challenges in protecting premium artistic content in a digital world while making it accessible and usable in a variety of popular digital formats. This topic generates debates daily in the media and has recently come to the forefront as Apple and EMI announced they would provide DRM-free music through Apple’s iTunes store. This highly publicized move brings to question what the future holds for DRM in music and other media formats including video, eBook and audio book.

“Our company encourages owners and distributors of premium digital content to expand the reach of their music, movies, and books by utilizing practical solutions for digital rights management,” Mr. Potash said. “At the Digital Rights Management conference, we will assure members of the entertainment industry that they can confidently continue to provide their content online while protecting it from piracy.”

The conference, to be held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, includes other notable speakers such as Dan Glickman, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of the Motion Picture Association of America;  Mitch Singer, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment; and multiple other leading media executives from Google, Time Warner, Walt Disney and Paramount Pictures.

Following this event, Mr. Potash will chair “Digital Book 2007,” an event presented by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) on May 9, 2007 in New York City.  Mr. Potash serves as President of the IDPF, a non-profit trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry.  The IDPF currently includes more than 100 member organizations.  Information about “Digital Book 2007” can be found at http://www.idpf.org/digitalbook07.


About OverDrive, Inc.

OverDrive is a leader in providing world-class infrastructure for downloading premium digital content.  We deliver secure management, protection and download services for hundreds of publishers and institutions (rights holders) and thousands of libraries, retailers and distributors serving millions of end users.  With a global catalog of premium digital titles – including current best sellers – of eBooks, audio books, music, video and (coming soon) games & interactive software presentable in a single platform, OverDrive offers the industry’s best selection as well as the option to manage, protect and download proprietary content.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio.  www.OverDrive.com


Amber Webb

OverDrive, Inc.

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