BMI Plans High-Level Presence at CISAC Copyright Summit

Posted in News on June 3, 2009

BMI will send a high-level delegation to the 2009 CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) World Copyright Summit June 8-10, including President & CEO Del Bryant; Vice President, Landmark Digital Services David DeBusk; and legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier. The trio will join more than 500 delegates and rights experts from 18 countries at the Summit, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington, D.C.

Entitled “The World Copyright Summit: New Frontiers for Creators in the Marketplace,” the Summit will provide a forum to exchange ideas, debate diverse viewpoints and discuss issues linked to intellectual property and creative content online.

Bryant will speak on Tuesday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the “The U.S. Agenda: With a New Administration and a New Congress in Place – What Now?” panel; DeBusk will speak on the “Tracking Online and Offline Usage: Tools and Services to Better Serve Rights-Owners” panel from 2 to 3 p.m., and Dozier will speak on the “Creators: Talkin’ About a Digital Revolution” panel from 4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All three panels will be held on June 9.

More than 96 speakers from 18 countries are scheduled to converge at the Summit to discuss the importance of copyright protection and the distribution of creative content in the digital era. Topics of discussion will include:

• The U.S. agenda for copyright and intellectual property: Are the expectations from creators, rights owners and DSPs in line with the priorities of policy-makers?

• Is collective licensing a relevant system for the 21st century?

• Online piracy and ISPs’ responsibility: Can the French “graduated response” model apply to the U.S. and elsewhere?

• Future of creative industries: Can rights owners, content service-providers and ISPs find a common ground to build the digital economy of the future?

• IP protection, a key factor to the U.S. and worldwide economic recovery efforts

In addition to Bryant, Dozier and DeBusk, other speakers schedule to appear include: U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and platinum songwriter; Stanford McCoy, U.S. Trade Representative Assistant for IP and Innovation; French Minister of Culture and Communication Christine Albanel; Marybeth Peters, U.S. Register of Copyright; Robin Gibb, legendary singer and songwriter of the Bee Gees and President of CISAC; Miloš Forman, film director; Frank Stella, painter and sculptor, and more.

For a complete list of Summit speakers and presenters, visit:

The 2009 World Copyright Summit is organized by CISAC and supported by rights organizations and guilds in the United States: AMRA (American Mechanical Rights Agency), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), NMPA (National Music Publishers’ Association), and SESAC, in the music sector; DGA (Directors Guild of America) and WGA (Writers Guild of America) in the film sector; ARS (Artists Rights Society) and VAGA (Visual Artists and Galleries Association) representing visual artists; and The Authors Registry for literary rights.


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