DC Policy Day 2010 | Schedule
11:00 AM- 11:05 AM
|11:05 AM – 12:20 PM||
ACTA: Treaties, Trade and Transparency
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed multilateral trade agreement for establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement among participating countries. Supporters argue that this treaty is a crucial step in protecting intellectual property from counterfeiting and unauthorized distribution in an increasingly globalized, networked world. Critics contend that ACTA threatens to impose harsh restrictions on consumers, and that it could override sovereign nations’ copyright laws. Until recently, open debate was constricted by the confidential nature of negotiations, thus fomenting many rumors about the proposed terms of the agreement. FMC welcomes expert panelists to discuss the terms under consideration, which parties seek what outcomes, and the status of the multilateral deliberations.
Malini Aisola Senior Research Associate, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
|12:25 PM – 1:40 PM||
Health Care Reform and its Impact on Musicians
A 2010 Future of Music Coalition survey found that 34 percent of the 1,400 musicians surveyed didn't have health insurance — twice the national average. Congress has succeeded in passing a health care reform bill, but what does it mean for “real musicians” — namely, those artists and songwriters trying to make a living in a time of unprecedented economic challenge? What will the bill do to expand coverage for the creative class, and what do musicians and their advocates need to know to take advantage of new opportunities? Advocates for musicians and health insurance will join with health policy experts to discuss key elements of this landmark legislation and how they will affect musicians and songwriters.
Adam Huttler Executive Director, Fractured Atlas
|1:40 PM – 2:10 PM||
|2:10 PM – 2:30 PM||
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
Rick Carnes, President of the Songwriters Guild of America reports on how Nashville and its music community are coping since the Great Flood of 2010, and how the clean-up is progressing.
|2:35 PM – 3:00 PM||
Austin Schlick, General Counsel, FCC
The General Counsel for the FCC will discuss the recent Comcast court opinion, the legal and policy basis for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to use a "third way" approach to regulating broadband services, as well as other recent developments.
|3:00 PM – 4:00 PM||
The advent of broadband changed everything we thought we knew about music — particularly how recordings are distributed, promoted and accessed. While some traditional business models have been upended by the internet, the technology has been a boon to independent musicians who rely on the web to do everything from connecting with fans to booking shows to selling merchandise to collaborating with other artists. Over the past decade, Future of Music Coalition has followed these developments closely, while advocating for a legitimate digital music marketplace that compensates creators. With the open internet driving innovation, we're just beginning to see what a world of fully licensed music services might look like. Yet some would prefer innovation on the web to be left solely to market forces, with little to no regulation to establish rules of the road for Internet Service Providers. Join us for an interactive discussion featuring policy experts, musicians and you.
Jonny 5 emcee, Flobots
|4:15 PM – 5:30 PM||
Creative Capitol: Music, Culture and Policy under Obama
The 2009 inauguration of Obama — plus Democratic majorities in Congress — meant a shift in the power dynamic in Washington, DC. How are creative industries faring so far in this administration? Rumor has it that music is enjoyed and revered in the White House, but these are also trying times for policymakers. Can a pro-arts agenda be balanced with pressing economic and infrastructure concerns? Does the cultural community have a role to play in recovery? What legislation will make it out of committee and onto the floor? Top staffers from the House and Senate will discuss the key music-technology-policy issues playing out on Capitol Hill, and how musicians are engaging.Shawn Chang Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Matthew C. Hussey Telecommunications Legislative Assistant for Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Maggie Juliand Legislative Assistant for the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Benjamin Staub Professional Staff, House Judiciary Committee
Daniel Swanson Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee
Jean Cook Director of Programs, Future of Music Coalition (moderator)
|5:30 PM – 7:30 PM||
Closing Cocktail Party
The Science Club
* All items and speakers subject to change