Adjunct Professor Cecily Mak, a fifth-generation San Franciscan, is currently with Rhapsody International Inc, a joint venture among Viacom International and RealNetworks, Inc. as the company’s Vice President and General Counsel. She is a graduate, professor and mentor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and co-author of the timely book, “Music Law in the Digital Age,” published by Berklee College of Music’s press, Berklee Press, in 2010. Professor Mak has been honored by Digital Media Wire as one of their 2011 “25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment.” In addition to her significant contributions to both the legal and academic communities, she is frequently called upon as a thought leader for public speaking and expert panel engagements; she is a regular contributor to a range of music magazines, legal periodicals and releases from the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers.
In her role as Vice President and General Counsel of Rhapsody International Inc., formally a division of RealNetworks operating as Rhapsody America, Professor Mak drives every aspect of The Company’s legal strategy, internally, across its entire business platform and, externally with label, publishing and strategic partners. In early 2010, she played the key legal role in Rhapsody International Inc.’s spinoff from RealNetworks.
Professor Mak’s classes explore the breadth of complexities of copyright and digital media law. She is also involved in the Hastings Law School Mentor Program, counseling mentees on career strategy, sharing her considerable professional knowledge base and providing an important role model for young, driven law students.