Troy Dow is Vice President for Government Relations at the Walt Disney Company, where he advises the company on intellectual property and technology policy and represents the company on such matters before the Congress, the Executive Branch and related agencies. Dow came to the Walt Disney Company by way of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), where he served as Vice President and Counsel for Technology and New Media. During his tenure at the MPAA, Dow advised and represented the major Hollywood studios on policy issues related to intellectual property, the Internet and other digital electronic distribution systems affecting the motion picture industry.
Before entering the private sector, Dow served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was responsible for legislative policy and oversight activities involving intellectual property and related technology and e-commerce issues. He was involved in the drafting and enactment of a number of the laws that define the legal structure currently governing electronic commerce in the United States, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Satellite Home Viewers Improvements Act, the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, the Copyright Term Extension Act, patent reform legislation, and a number of other significant copyright, trademark, and patent measures. Dow also worked in the Washington, D.C. and Utah offices of Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), and as minority staff to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human.
Dow received his degree in economics from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law, where he teaches a course in advanced copyright law and digital technologies.