Paul is a filmmaker as well as a media and tech lawyer. His films have been featured on the New York Times Op-Docs, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic, and have been shown at festivals internationally, including AFI Docs, Big Sky, Clermont-Ferrand, Doc NYC, Slamdance, and TIFF. His photos have been exhibited in the US and Europe, including ICP in New York City and the Leica Gallery in Warsaw. For the last 15 years, Paul has concentrated his legal practice on intellectual property matters, and has worked with filmmakers, artists, tech start ups, and tech multinationals. He’s presently a partner at Rogers & Szynol.
Paul was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to NYC at the age of 12, the year that the city’s transit fare rose from 75 cents to 90 cents; 33 previously unknown Bach pieces were found in an academic library; and Canon demoed its first digital still camera. Besides New York City and Warsaw, he’s lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alexandria (VA), Berkeley, New Haven, Philadelphia, NJ, DC, and, for shorter periods, Kampala and Berlin. During his
six seven drives across the US, he’s visited the vast majority of the contiguous states, and, by train, plane or automobile, he’s also visited some 45 50 55 60 countries. He likes stray dogs, fair use, depressing movies, trains, Greene and Kundera, Uganda, open source software, the Oxford comma, and occasionally translating Polish poetry to English.
In the past, Paul was a drummer and a
huge nerd software developer, and he still plays Pearl drums, and tinkers with Java libraries. He was also in-house counsel at Bloomberg, and an associate at O’Melveny in San Francisco and Morrison & Foerster in New York City. He’s an occasional programmer for Slamdance, an alum of the Union Docs Summer Lab, and a graduate of Columbia University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where he studied history and philosophy, and Yale Law School, where he focused on free speech and intellectual property, and watched a lot of reruns and depressing movies.
write to paul at paul [at] itchydogfilms [dot] com
Palm Springs International ShortFest Forum
Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange
American Documentary Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Fuzzy Boundaries: The Potential Impact of Vague Secondary Liability Doctrines on Technology Innovation in The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet (2010).
“make your ego porous. will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. openness, patience, receptivity, solitude are everything.” (rilke)
”dogs are our link to paradise. they don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. to sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace” (kundera)
”this is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyranny, argue not concerning god” (walt whitman)