Karen Thorland

Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Chief Global Content Protection Legal Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Anti-Piracy Protector

In her role as Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Global Content Protection Counsel at the Motion Picture Association of America, Karen Thorland manages domestic content protection civil litigation and oversees the Association's worldwide civil litigation efforts. She also is engaged in the development of the Association’s global policies and strategies related to content protection.

At the MPAA, Karen's responsibilities have included management of the successful litigations against the peer-to-peer website isoHunt, the cyberlocker Hotfile, a ring of streaming sites known as MovieTube, as well as the ongoing litigation against Megaupload and its operator Kim Dotcom.

Thorland came to the MPAA from her partnership at Loeb & Loeb, LLP, which she joined in 2001. She has deep experience in a broad range of litigation and intellectual property matters and has represented prominent entertainment industry clients, including major and independent film studios, producers, record labels, and other music companies. Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb LLP, Thorland was an associate at Jones Day from 1994 to 2001, where she worked on large-scale commercial litigation and intellectual property matters.