Sophie Goossens is a digital media expert with over 10 years experience as Counsel to the media and technology industries. She’s leading Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry practice in Paris. Brussels born, French qualified as a lawyer and based between London and Paris, Sophie balances technical legal expertise – in Contract, IP, Data and European law –, true commercial insight and cutting edge knowledge of developments in the tech sector. Sophie acts as counsel and litigator for French and international clients – household names and start-ups – in digital music, audio-visual, image, video games, advertising, heritage, virtual reality and artificial Intelligence, as well as state-of-the-art data intelligence and technology providers, and advises them on all topics relating to content acquisition, distribution, monetisation, strategy and control. Sophie has a particular expertise in digital music and the imagery sector after spending close to 6 years in-house or seconded to record companies, streaming services and most recently to Getty Images. She also advises an increasing number of clients on EU policy-making in the field of media and technology and lectures at University Paris XI on European IP Law. Sophie is a regular moderator and expert speaker at conferences on music, technology and the future of the media industry. Most recently, she has been acting for the European Commission to moderate a cross-sector consultation on future EU Funding Programmes in music.