Dr. Aram Sinnreich is a media professor, author, and musician. He currently serves as chair of Communication Studies at American University’s School of Communication. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music. He is the author of several books, including Mashed Up (2010), The Piracy Crusade (2013), The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property (2019), and The Secret Life of Data (forthcoming, MIT Press). He has also written for publications including The New York Times, Billboard, Wired, Salon, and The Daily Beast. As a bassist and composer, Sinnreich has played with groups and artists including reggae soul band Dubistry, jazz and R&B band Brave New Girl, acoustic duo Dunia & Aram, post-punk icon Vivien Goldman, hard bop trio The Rooftoppers, UK ska collective The Specialized Project, and Ari-Up, lead singer of legendary punk band The Slits. Sinnreich was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (with co-authors Dunia Best and Todd Nocera), and a semifinalist in the 2020 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards.