Beg, Borrow & Steal


Time & Space is a small event series featuring a combination of artists and creative thinkers. Named for the armchair discussions that drive what we do as creatives, Time & Space events feature a playful theme chosen for a small group of engaging presenters and panelists. The evenings are meant to be at once charming, light, philosophical, and confessional – diving into people we admire and their fascinating personalities in an environment that inspires intimacy and conversation.

NO. 3 — Beg, Borrow & Steal
JANUARY 18, 2017

Beg, Borrow & Steal is a discussion aimed at exploring perspectives regarding intellectual property, inspiration, and the free movement of ideas.

Beg, Borrow & Steal concerns itself with the tumultuous relationship between creator and curator — the rise of information, the reaches of remix culture, and the evolution of originality. It is a complex topic, and often a bit of a taboo, and we've set out to engage in it with levity.

Youth cultures like hip-hop and street art have been challenging the notion of ownership for decades. The internet’s digitization of media and information introduced the question of who owns content. Laws treat creative endeavors with varying degrees of severity, citing everything from the utilitarian nature of a garment, or the specific chord structure of a song, to the originality of a finger swipe — just what is fair and what isn’t?

  • Amy Goldsmith


    Amy advises clients on whether their trademark is available in the US and globally, if patents should be a part of their strategy, and if their design team’s new product shares too many features of the competition’s copyrighted bestseller. She will design contracts that make sense. If a dispute is on the horizon, she will be by their side until a fair resolution is reached.

    Amy protects the global interests of national and international clients in a wide variety of industries, including fashion, cosmetics, pet products, publishing, medical devices, exercise equipment, web-based business applications, and consumer and designer goods.

    She is a Vice President of the New York Women’s Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the International Trademark Association (INTA) and is on the Board of Directors of Savvy Ladies, a nonprofit whose mission is to educate women to be financially savvy. Amy also was a speaker at and served on the Advisory Board for TedxTimesSquare.

  • Hisham Akira Bharoocha


    Hisham Akira Bharoocha is a Japanese-born artist based in Brooklyn concentrating on creating visual art, photography, and music. Presently, Hisham is focused on creating work that shows the absurdity and logic of how the mind functions, what kind of relationships it creates between experiences, and images that we absorb through our senses moment by moment. Hisham’s clients include, Puma, Saint Heron, Sephora, Ogilvy, Nylon Magazine, Sony, Latest Revival, Imprint Projects, Zeit Magazin, Nowness, Creatures of the Wind, Spotify, Vice, and Facebook. Hisham has exhibited in solo shows around the world and group shows at galleries such as Deitch Projects and D’Amelio Terras in New York, Snow Gallery in Tokyo, John Connelly Presents, Gallerie Frank Elbaz in Paris, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as Vleeshal, a state run space in the Netherlands.

  • Jesse Walden


    Jesse has built a career helping creators connect directly with their audiences.

    He is the co-founder of Mediachain Labs, a startup backed by Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz to build an open source, blockchain-powered media library to connect creators, audiences and information directly through content, anywhere it is shared. Prior to starting Mediachain Labs, Jesse co-founded an independent music management firm focused on direct-to-fan distribution where he represented artists including Solange Knowles, Blood Orange, Majical Cloudz, et al. Mediachain Labs was recently named one of the Top 100 Startups in NYC by The Hundert and Business Insider and has been profiled by FastCompany, Forbes, and TechCrunch.

  • Matt Siegel


    Matthew Siegel is the Chief Digital Officer of Roc Nation, where he oversees digital marketing, social media, product development, research and investments for the company’s artist, athlete and brand clients. Roc Nation is a diversified entertainment company founded by JAY Z representing hundreds of artists and athletes from Rihanna and DJ Khaled to Kevin Durant and Todd Gurley. Prior to joining Roc Nation Siegel was the strategy lead and a founding member of the Ripcord incubator at Viacom, developing new consumer experiences for the future of media. Previously he was the Vice President of Music Strategy for Viacom Music Group and led strategy, business development and marketing for MTV, VH1 and CMT’s new music platforms and initiatives.

    Previously Siegel was Co-Founder of Indaba Music, a crowdsourcing platform for over 1 million artists and brands around the world. Siegel developed innovative campaigns for all 4 major record labels, over 200 major recording artists including Linkin Park, Mariah Carey and Yo-Yo Ma, and numerous marquee brands including Converse and Red Bull. In 2010 Siegel was named a Billboard “30 Under 30″ Power Player for the music industry. Siegel remains active in the startup community, advising and investing in companies at the intersection of technology and culture.

    Siegel first got his start in entertainment starring in the Golden Globe-winning, Emmy-nominated CBS-TV series Brooklyn Bridge. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard and an M.P.A. in International Economic Policy and Management from Columbia.

  • Andy Greenberg


    Andy Greenberg is a senior writer for WIRED, covering security, privacy, information freedom, and hacker culture. He’s the author of the book This Machine Kills Secrets, about WikiLeaks, cryptography, and the cypherpunks, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review in 2012. Before coming to WIRED, he worked as a senior reporter for Forbes magazine. His Forbes cover story on data mining firm Palantir, co-written with Ryan Mac, was a Gerald Loeb Award finalist. He’s won two Security Bloggers Network awards for stories on digital arms sales and car hacking, and twice been named to the SANS list of the top cybersecurity journalists.

  • Adam Roy


    Adam Rodney is the General Manager and Creative Director of Dreamville Records. He met his co-founders, Ibrahim Hamad and acclaimed musician J.Cole, in college and their label and friendship has been growing ever since. Prior to living his dream with Dreamville, Adam spent three years at Merrill Lynch in NYC. When he’s not making music, you can find him teaching fencing at the Peter Westbrook Foundation or at the park with his dog Ollie.

  • Felton Brown


    Felton Brown was born in Brooklyn, like Captain America, but his parents are Jamaican, so you could make the case that he’s more like Captain Jamaica. Now that’d be a dope Marvel movie. Felton grew up loving comic books and Saturday morning cartoons. Spawn was his favorite. But instead of tracing word bubbles on the page, young Felton opened his own webdesign shop in Chelsea. His love for art and music opened doors for him to design for record labels, until Napster sucked all the money out of the market. Leaving the lush indie side to work for the man in the ad world, Felton cut his teeth at mcgarrybowen and then took his talents to McCann.

  • Sally Thurer


    Sally Thurer is an independent art director, graphic designer, illustrator and animator in New York City. She received her MFA from The Yale School of Art and is the former Head of Experiential Methodology and Critical Theory at MTV (Always On/No Chill). Before all that, she was creative director of Missbehave and art director of Mass Appeal. Sally does design and illustration for various clients including The Village Voice, The Fader, and The New York Times. She also likes to make videos, websites, high-concept dance parties and pedagogical Instagram accounts.

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