For nearly two decades, Paul Szynol has concentrated his legal practice on intellectual property matters and has worked with award-winning filmmakers, artists, tech startups, and tech multinationals. He specializes in media (especially film, TV, music, photography, and art) and tech (especially software). He is particularly interested in copyright and free speech.
Szynol has written about fair use for The Atlantic and has appeared on CBS News’s Prime Time to discuss the doctrine's importance. He regularly lectures on legal issues related to film production, including talks and panels at the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Tribeca Film Institute, NYU Tisch, DocNYC, Documentary Association of Europe, Camden International Film Festival, and many others.
Szynol is also a filmmaker. His documentaries have been featured in The New York Times (Op-Docs), The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, and have been shown at festivals internationally, including AFI Docs, Big Sky, Clermont-Ferrand, DocNYC, Palm Springs, Slamdance, and Toronto International Film Festival (Kids).
In the past, Szynol played loud drums with loud bands in a bunch of loud places, including CBGBs. He also started coding in seventh grade, and he's still an occasional software developer (mostly Python and Java). He likes old jazz records, even older trains, and virtually every dog he's ever met.