Matthew Skelton is an Attorney at Microsoft where he advises various product groups as a subject-matter expert on copyright, DRM and copyright policy issues. He currently supports Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices division, which includes Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Game Studios, Windows Phone, and Zune. He also contributed to the development of Microsoft's objections to the Google Book Search Settlement.
Prior to Microsoft, Matt was an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office in the Office of Policy and International Affairs where he advised Congress and U.S. Government agencies on a wide variety of copyright issues. In this role, Matt co-authored the Copyright Office's "Report on Orphan Works," and helped develop proposed orphan works legislation. He also advised on DRM interoperability legislation in France, online piracy in Russia, copyright obligations under international treaties and Free Trade Agreements, and on IP protection for traditional cultural expressions for discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Matt is an active member of the Copyright Society of the USA, and a frequent speaker on copyright issues. He has been a panelist and speaker at Stanford Law School, American University Law School, University of Washington, George Washington University, University of Maryland University College, Dublin City University, and Berry College. He has also organized and led a variety of copyright training and education programs. He graduated from George Mason University School of Law where he was Managing Justice of the Moot Court Board, and Belmont University where he majored in music theory and composition.