BMI to Participate in World Creators Summit Representing Songwriting Community

Posted in News on May 21, 2013

Broadcast Music, Inc. will once again be taking part in the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The global conference, entitled “Create, Connect, Respect,” will highlight nearly 100 expert speakers on panels centering around copyright law and intellectual property rights in the digital age. Included in the lineup will be a panel on Compulsory vs. Direct Licensing with BMI’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media Richard Conlon. Conlon will be speaking on the future of collective rights management and the impact and opportunities presented by changes in the evolving digital music industry. Also on the panel will be Amanda Harcourt, IP Consultant (UK); Laurent Hubert, President Creative and Marketing, BMG Chrysalis; Lee Knife, Interim Executive Director & General Counsel, Digital Media Association; Adam Parness, Principal Content Acquisition Manager, MP3/Cloud, Amazon; and Ralph Peer, CEO Peermusic. The panel will be moderated by Jay Rosenthal, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, NMPA.

In addition, several keynote speakers will take the floor, including Maria Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights, who will be detailing the main points of her recently announced copyright plan, how it will likely affect creators and creative businesses and the long-term goals shaping her policies; Victoria Espinel, White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, who will be speaking on IP in the digital age; and John Morton, Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who will be speaking on protecting IP/copyright in the digital age. There will also be a Congressional panel with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Internet Caucus Co-chair Anna G. Eshoo that BMI has been instrumental in arranging. This bipartisan discussion will focus on copyright legislation and will be moderated by Bob Schieffer, Senior Correspondent, CBS News.

The fourth biennial Summit will bring together many other leaders in creative arts, policy, copyright, rights management, technology and business interests from the around the world to discuss their roles in the creative ecosystem. In addition, BMI will be hosting a cocktail party along with ASCAP and SESAC, on June 4, at which BMI music legend Alan Menken will perform.

Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization uniting 231 authors’ societies and guilds in 121 countries and protecting the rights of more than 3 million creators and publishers from all creative genres including music, film, literary and visual arts. BMI has a long history of working together with CISAC toward the common interest of supporting creativity and protecting creators’ rights.