World Copyright Summit Slated for June 9-10 in Washington, DC

Posted in News on February 13, 2009

The 2009 World Copyright Summit will be staged June 9-10, 2009 at the Ronald Reagan Centre in Washington, DC. Organized by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and supported by Informa Telecoms & Media, the conference will explore contemporary creative industry issues spurred by the surge of the digital realm. BMI is one of ten U.S. member organizations in CISAC, which also includes the NMPA, the Directors’ Guild and Writers Guild, and organizations representing creators in the plastic arts.

In addition to providing incomparable networking opportunities for those connected with creative industries, the event will offer relevant insight, strategy and debate. The two-day summit’s tagline, “New Frontiers for Creators in the Marketplace,” encapsulates topics scheduled to be discussed, including new visions for creative businesses, creators’ challenges in the digital era, weather forecast on copyright climate, and valuing the creative eco-system.

An international cross-section of creative industry decision-makers and creators including composers, film directors, songwriters, authors, screenwriters, and visual artists will attend, along with leading technological developers, representatives from the world’s copyright societies, key members of media and trade organizations, broadcasters, intellectual copyright attorneys, policy and law makers from Europe and North America, and many more experts from the growing range of affected fields. 

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Chaired by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and award-winning Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) was established to represent and defend creators and their rights in the international arena. As this world becomes increasingly global and digital, CISAC main missions are to provide copyright societies with the tools and knowledge necessary to operate at the highest professional standards, to promote the critical importance of authors’ rights, to advocate on behalf of creators and their societies in all relevant international discussions and to reassert the creator’s inalienable right to make a living from their work and to be remunerated for the use of their works.

CISAC’s 222 members are authors’ societies that hail from 118 countries. Through them, we represent more than 2.5 million creators and publishers of artistic works in all genres including music, drama, literature, audiovisual and the visual arts.

CISAC is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization with our head office located in France, and with regional offices in Argentina, Belgium, Hungary, Singapore and South Africa.

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