What Borders? Music Licensing, Cultural Preservation and Artist Compensation in an Increasingly International Marketplace

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The internet may be propelling us towards an international marketplace for music, but copyright law, rights management and royalty structures largely remain governed by laws and practices that differ from country to country. These legal and licensing differences can lead to headaches for those interested in striking global deals but, in some instances, a country’s domestic policies, copyright rules, licensing standards or even its administrative backing of the arts may mean more compensation for its artists and greater support for its unique musical culture.

NPR Music: Making Music Matter On-Air and Online

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Radio airplay has always been a critical part of musicians’ careers. As Jacob Slichter, drummer for the rock band Semisonic, wrote in 2004, “There is no better guarantor of a band’s success than a hit single on the radio luring listeners into record stores to buy the album.” But some would argue that radio’s heyday as an arbiter of taste is over. In addition to an increasingly crowded media environment and the growing influence of online music services, commercial radio stations have relegated their playlists to cookie cutter programming, DJ-less shifts, or Ben-like formats that only play last century’s “hits”. read more

Post-Millennium Analysis: The DMCA in the 21st Century

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 2:00pm - 3:45pm

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 instituted some of the most significant amendments to United States Copyright law since 1976. How has the anti-circumvention provision has affected copyright infringement and consumers? rights? Does the safe harbor provision provide sufficient protection for online service providers, or does it hinder content owners from stopping infringement? Has the establishment of a digital performance royalty been a success? Legal experts will discuss. read more

Final Session

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Up in your Bits: Intellectual Property, Privacy and Network Rights

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 4:10pm - 5:25pm

This panel will explore the growing tensions between intellectual property, consumer privacy and network rights. Should ISPs engage in filtering, deep packet inspection or throttling to limit unauthorized filesharing? Should the privacy rights of social media users and services outweigh the need to monitor for possible infringement? Are lawsuits against YouTube and other hubs for user-driven content effective? read more

Shattering the Crystal Ball: Peering Beyond the Digital Revolution

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 2:35pm - 3:50pm

Over the past ten years, many experiments have been tried as a counterbalance to the shift in the music landscape brought about by digital technologies and the vast increase in access to broadband: DRM on songs, major-label-owned music services, licensed P2P and lawsuits against companies and individuals, to name a few. Have previous policy choices ? from the airwaves to the internet ? had their intended effect? What have we learned in the past nine years, and where do we go next? read more

Scratch That: The Sample License Clearance Process and Artist Compensation

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:45am - 12:00pm

Due to digital technology, sampling ? the practice of using borrowed musical elements in new works ? has never been easier. This, in turn, raises bigger questions about copyright, compensation, licensing and creativity. Expert legal and cultural academics Peter DiCola and Kembrew McLeod will discuss the inefficiencies of the current sample licensing structure, while talking about new ideas for compensating artists while encouraging cutting-edge creativity read more

The New DIY: Creative Control in an Accelerated World

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 9:25am - 10:40am

Two of the most pressing demands facing musicians in the digital age are how to earn a living and maintain control of their careers. Today?s artists can choose numerous methods of getting their music to fans. But what strategies will yield the best long-term results? How can artists and entrepreneurs re-engineer the DIY model for the digital age? read more

Adjust Your Dial: Radio for the 21st Century

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 9:15am - 10:45am

In recent years, terrestrial radio has seen its fair share of challenges: competing technologies, shifting demographics, and a stuttering economy. But radio is still a vital technology that draws huge audiences and serves an essential purpose, acting as a conduit for community news and information and potentially supporting local culture and music. read more

Broad-band: Internet and Spectrum Policy and the Creative Class

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

For years, Congress and the FCC have worked on a series of initiatives designed to revise the telecommunications regulatory framework, including everything from broadband deployment and network neutrality to spectrum reform. It’s clear that these issues are a top priority for the Obama administration, but which will be tackled first? How will proposed revisions impact musicians, tech entrepreneurs and the public? How does broadband policy intersect with concerns about protecting intellectual property? What would a pro-musician Telecom Act look like? read more

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