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Copyright Summit’s Second Day Targets New Revenue Streams

Posted in News on June 10, 2009

CISAC's (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) second World Copyright Summit: New Frontiers for Creators in the Marketplace began the second day of the event on June 10, focusing on finding common ground and new revenue streams on which to build the future of creative industries.

The day's activities opened with Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who outlined the importance of appropriate copyright protection and discuss how the U.S. can serve as a model in providing legislation that responds to the challenges of the digital era while respecting the protection of privacy rights and freedom of speech on the internet. "The digital world brings with it the perils of piracy for content owners, but it also opens new business models and new opportunities for creators to reach consumers," asserts Senator Leahy.

During the lunch keynote, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) addressed the need for proper IP legislation to facilitate and sustain long-term economic development. In the afternoon, Assemblyman Dr. Yong-Kyung Lee, former President and CEO of Korea Telecom, discussed the South Korean approach to the digital future.

The second day's program featured representatives from the creative arts, including U.S. film director Milos Forman (click here to read the full speech); Mozambique singer/songwriter Lizha James; and legendary singer and songwriter from the Bee Gees and President of CISAC, Robin Gibb.

"Copyright is not a barrier to progress," asserted Gibb (click here to read the full speech). "On the contrary, copyright is an incentive to creativity. It is a facilitator of progress, creativity and communication. The existence of strong copyright will not stifle the development of the digital utopia which Google and others promise. Copyright will promote such development. Without copyright you have chaos and this is a far greater barrier to progress."

Day two's program also featured the following industry leaders: Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Google David C. Drummond; Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro; National Music Publishers Association President and CEO David Israelite; Marybeth Peters, the U.S. Register of Copyrights; Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel of The World Bank Anne-Marie Leroy; Chairman and CEO of EMI Music Publishing Roger Faxon; Global Director Music Business Affairs of Nokia, Sami Valkonen; and others representing Bowker; DCIA (Distributed Computing Industry Association); DGA (Directors Guild of America); IFPI; Microsoft; MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America); NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association); PlayLouder; peermusic; RealNetwork; Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Time Warner; UK Music; Warner/Chappell Music and the WIPO (Worldwide Intellectual Property Organization).

These industry leaders debated with CEOs of creators' rights organizations from all over the world (Brazil, France, Finland, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, The Netherlands, U.K. and the U.S.).

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