Be part of the discussion of the breathtaking changes transforming the music and video industries. New technologies are revolutionizing the way we listen to music and watch video.
Digital technologies provide immediate access to more and more content via the Internet and through video on demand digital television systems. We are coming closer to the day when we will be able to hear any record ever recorded and see any video, TV program or movie at any time on demand. As they permeate our society, these technologies are, and will continue to transform the music and video industries. How are the "content" executives and lawyers crafting new business models to accommodate these wondrous new technologies? What impact is their development having on the law and how are the courts and lawmakers responding to the challenge of preserving the rights of copyright owners while allowing the technologies to flourish for the benefit of the public?
CHAIR: Steve Gordon, Esq., formally Director of Business Affairs TV/Video for Sony Music, President of Steve Gordon Clearances, and author of the forthcoming book "The Future of the Music Business: A Guide to How Artists and Independent Labels Can Succeed by Using Digital Technologies" to be published in 2004.
SESSION I: Recent Legal & Business Developments, Part 1, April 13, 2004, 6:30-8:30 PM
The topics for this evening will include: The Verizon case and legislative initiatives to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, The Grokster case and appeal, the Canadian Copyright Boardís legalization of downloading and increase of tariffs on MP3 Players, and new lawsuits planned against Canadian and European citizens who download and trade music files.
Speakers shall include Professor Justin Hughes of Cardozo School of Law, Ariel B. Taitz, Esq., Senior Director Business & Legal Affairs, Atlantic Records; Fred von Lohmann, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group working to protect digital rights, and other entertainment attorneys and lawmakers.
SESSION II: Recent Legal & Business Developments, Part 2, April 20, 2004, 6:30- 8:30PM
The topics for this evening will include: Record Company initiatives, Proliferation of Download Services such as Apple iTunes, Wal-mart, Microsoft and MTV, music licensing as a way to promote new artists as well as a source of revenues, Music on Demand on VOD systems, and more.
Speakers shall include leading entertainment executives including Steve Nelson, Chairman and CEO of Music on Demand, Inc., and founder, President and Executive Producer of The Cable Channel.