Jane Saunders is the Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Rights Management Policy, for the Motion Picture Association of America. She is an expert in collective and compulsory licensing systems worldwide as well as the functioning and procedures of collective management organizations, with over 23 years of experience in this area. Jane leads the MPAA’s Rights Management department and has responsibility for the U.S. and Canadian compulsory retransmission royalty programs of MPAA and the Copyright Collective of Canada, as well as for engagement with and outreach to collective management organizations worldwide. She provides policy and tactical advice to the Association’s policy and legal operations around the world on strategies for limiting statutory collective and compulsory licensing regimes. At the same time, she supports MPAA Members’ claims to a fair share of the remuneration collected in respect of their works where such regimes are imposed by law.
Prior to joining MPAA in 1995, Jane was an attorney in private practice in Washington DC and Atlanta, GA, representing clients in copyright royalty litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and commercial transactional matters.
Jane received a J.D. at Emory University School of Law and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. She is fluent in French and Spanish and has working proficiency in German and Italian.