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speakers 2013
Chris Ruen
Chris Ruen

Chris Ruen is an author whose essays and criticism have ...

Shelley Lee
Shelley Lee

Sarah Jacquier
Sarah Jacquier

Hervé Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa

The French visual artist and painter Hervé Di Rosa strives ...

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung

Peter Cheung is the Director of the Intellectual Property ...

Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness is an American artist, living and working in ...

Klaus Thymann
Klaus Thymann

Klaus Thymann is an award-winning photographer and ...

Robert Panzer
Robert Panzer

John Lapham
John Lapham

John serves as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel ...

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

Chris is Assistant General Counsel for Pandora Media, Inc. ...

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded ...

Nanea Reeves
Nanea Reeves

Recognized by Digital Media Wire as one of the “25 ...

Horacio Maldonado
Horacio Maldonado

Don Quarles
Don Quarles

Don Quarles is the owner of Melodyman Productions, a music ...

Nicholas Motsatse
Nicholas Motsatse

Nicholas Motsatse is the Chief Executive Officer of the ...

Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary

Susan Cleary has served as IFTA’s Vice President and ...

Kim Ravers
Kim Ravers

Kim Ravers is a visual writer: she writes in images. She ...

Matt Mason
Matt Mason

Matt Mason currently serves as Vice President of Marketing ...

Niels Mosumgaard
Niels Mosumgaard

Michael Grecco
Michael Grecco

Creating distinctive images that are evocative, ...

Jason Merkoski
Jason Merkoski

Jason Merkoski was a development manager, product manager, ...

FX Nuttall
FX Nuttall

FX Nuttall is an expert in the field of Digital Copyright. ...

Karyn Temple Claggett
Karyn Temple Claggett

Ms. Temple Claggett is Associate Register of Copyrights and ...

Eric Baptiste
Eric Baptiste

As the head of the Society of Composers, Authors & ...

Jill Lesser
Jill Lesser

Stephen Navin
Stephen Navin

Stephen has had a multi-layered career spanning 30 and more ...

Kun Gao
Kun Gao

Kun has helped drive Crunchyroll from idea to a profitable ...

Scot Morris
Scot Morris

Scot Morris is Director of International at APRA|AMCOS, the ...

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

Chris Castle is Managing Partner of Christian L. Castle, ...

Eriq Gardner
Eriq Gardner

Eriq Gardner is Senior Editor at The Hollywood Reporter ...

Dominic McGonigal
Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal is a talented and successful creative ...

Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

Lorenzo Ferrero was born in Torino, Italy, in 1951. He ...

Stanford McCoy
Stanford McCoy

Stan McCoy is Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for ...

Marjorie David
Marjorie David

Marjorie David was born in Baltimore, MD and graduated with ...

Jean-François Bert
Jean-François Bert

Jean-François is the founder and CEO of Transparency, a ...

Tero Ojanperä
Tero Ojanperä

Tero has a strong and versatile 20+ year long experience in ...

Richard Hooper
Richard Hooper

Richard Hooper has devoted his career to the converging ...

Josephine Jagielo
Josephine Jagielo

Josephine Jagielo is the Vice President of International ...

Regis Flad
Regis Flad

Régis FLAD is the General Manager of ISAN International ...

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland is chief administrative officer and ...

Zahavah Levine
Zahavah Levine

A digital music veteran, Zahavah currently manages ...

Christophe Depreter
Christophe Depreter

Trained as a lawyer, Christophe Depreter has been active in ...

Susan Butler
Susan Butler

Susan Butler is an entrepreneur, professional journalist, ...

John Morton
John Morton

John Morton was unanimously confirmed as the Director of ...

Satoshi Watanabe
Satoshi Watanabe

Mr. Satoshi Watanabe is Deputy General Manager of the ...

Werner Stauffacher
Werner Stauffacher

Kenth Muldin
Kenth Muldin

Kenth Muldin joined STIM (Swedish Performing Rights ...

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

Michael S. Simon is the President and CEO of the Harry Fox ...

Victoria Espinel
Victoria Espinel

Mark Mulligan
Mark Mulligan

Mark Mulligan is a media and technology analyst, and a ...

Mary-Anne Ferry-Fall
Mary-Anne Ferry-Fall

Marie-Anne Ferry-Fall is General Manager of ADAGP, the ...

Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn

Ursula Mackenzie
Ursula Mackenzie

Ursula Mackenzie was educated at Malvern Girls' College and ...

Rupert Hine
Rupert Hine

Rupert’s career spans more than 30 years and 120 albums. ...

Mitch Glazier
Mitch Glazier

Mitch Glazier is Senior Executive Vice President, Recording ...

Achille Forler
Achille Forler

Achille Forler has over three decades of experience in both ...

Jean-Noël Tronc
Jean-Noël Tronc

Jean-Noël Tronc worked for the European Parliament, ...

John Simson
John Simson

John L. Simson is the Executive in Residence and Program ...

Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen
Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen

Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen joined NCB in January 2008 as CEO ...

Brett Cottle
Brett Cottle

Brett Cottle (AM) is the Chief Executive of APRA|AMCOS, a ...

Pat Collins
Pat Collins

Pat Collins is President and Chief Operating Officer of ...

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride: How Digital ...

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar is a respected Urdu scriptwriter, poet, and ...

Trisha Ziff
Trisha Ziff

Trisha Ziff (Mexico City) is a filmmaker and photography ...

Jacques Fansten
Jacques Fansten

Vincent Misiano
Vincent Misiano

Vincent Misiano is a dedicated New Yorker and a director of ...

Tania Spriggens
Tania Spriggens

Tania trained as a journalist in New Zealand and worked in ...

Laurent Petitgirard
Laurent Petitgirard

Born in 1950, Laurent Petitgirard studied the piano with ...

Jeremy Fabinyi
Jeremy Fabinyi

Jeremy Fabinyi is the General Manager of the Australasian ...

Catharine Saxberg
Catharine Saxberg

Simon Raymonde
Simon Raymonde

Simon Raymonde owns and runs the indie label Bella Union. ...

Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson

Janet was MP for Rossendale and Darwen (1992-2010).  From ...

David Alexander
David Alexander

David Alexander is the Founder, Owner and Managing Director ...

Alan Balchin
Alan Balchin

Olivier Hinnewinkel
Olivier Hinnewinkel

Olivier Hinnewinkel is Director General of the ...

Theodore Feder
Theodore Feder

Marisa Gandelman
Marisa Gandelman

Born in a musical family, Marisa Gandelman studied music ...

Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz

Eddie Schwartz is best known for writing such classic hit ...

Ana De Hollanda
Ana De Hollanda

Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District ...

Michael Huppe
Michael Huppe

Michael Huppe is president of SoundExchange, the nonprofit ...

Ted Cohen
Ted Cohen

Ted Cohen stands at the crossroads of the music, ...

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected ...

Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi

He was born in México, City, he has a B.S. in Political ...

Simon Darlow
Simon Darlow

Simon Darlow was head chorister of Chichester Cathedral and ...

Susana Baca
Susana Baca

FORMACIÓN ACADÉMICA Licenciatura en Educación, ...

Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo
Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 29, ...

Eugene H. Mopsik
Eugene H. Mopsik

Eugene Mopsik has a long and distinguished record with the ...

Anna G. Eshoo
Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, ...

Ralph Simon
Ralph Simon

CEO/Founder: Mobilium Global - UK/LA/Mumbai Chairman ...

David Israelite
David Israelite

David Mark Israelite is the President and Chief Executive ...

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse

Tom specialises in Digital Media and technology-related ...

Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken

Jay Rosenthal
Jay Rosenthal

Jay Rosenthal is Senior Vice-President and General Counsel ...

Amanda Harcourt
Amanda Harcourt

Amanda Harcourt is a UK-based IP consultant. In the 1990s ...

Sandra Aistars
Sandra Aistars

Sandra Aistars is the Executive Director of the Copyright ...

Laurent Hubert
Laurent Hubert

A native of France, Laurent Hubert, BMG Rights ...

Bruce A. Lehman
Bruce A. Lehman

Bruce A. Lehman is an attorney with nearly 40 years of ...

Richard Dale Kelly
Richard Dale Kelly

Richard Dale Kelly is a Pittsburgh-based photographer and ...

Casey Rae
Casey Rae

Casey Rae is the Deputy Director for Future of Music ...

Nathan Maharaj
Nathan Maharaj

As Kobo’s director of merchandising, Nathan oversees an ...

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

David Carson
David Carson

David Carson joined IFPI as Executive Vice President, ...

Lee Knife
Lee Knife

David Torstensson
David Torstensson

Dr Torstensson focuses on policy and economic analysis ...

Janine Lorente
Janine Lorente

Janine Lorente was appointed Director of International ...

Andrew Jenkins
Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins is Executive Vice President International ...

Eric Hilton
Eric Hilton

Chantal Restivo-Alessi
Chantal Restivo-Alessi

Chantal Restivo-Alessi is the Chief Digital Officer for ...

Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler

Albert Pastore
Albert Pastore

Albert Pastore works at Nokia with a focus on copyright and ...

Rick Carnes
Rick Carnes

Michael Battiston
Michael Battiston

Michael is responsible for maintaining ASCAP’s ...

Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

Jorge Mejia is Executive Vice President, Sony/ATV Music ...

Maria A. Pallante
Maria A. Pallante

Maria A. Pallante is the 12th Register of Copyrights of the ...

Helienne Lindvall
Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award winning professional ...

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft

Robert Ashcroft is Chief Executive of PRS for Music, the ...

Tracey Armstrong
Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive ...

Axel Dauchez
Axel Dauchez

After training at the Polytechnic and then at Procter & ...

Ralph Peer
Ralph Peer

Ralph Peer, II, Chairman and CEO of peermusic, oversees a ...

Stacie Passon
Stacie Passon

  Stacie Passon is an American film director and ...

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen

Alejandro Guarello
Alejandro Guarello

Born in Viña del Mar (Chile) in 1951, Alejandro ...

Richard Conlon
Richard Conlon

Richard Conlon is Senior Vice President of Corporate ...

Yves Nilly
Yves Nilly

Yves Nilly, French author and scriptwriter, wrote for ...

John LoFrumento
John LoFrumento

John A. LoFrumento is Chief Executive Officer of the ...

Luciano Marchione
Luciano Marchione

Luciano studied law at the University of Buenos Aires ...

Sean M. O’Connor
Sean M. O’Connor

Sean O’Connor is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of ...

Bruce Livingstone
Bruce Livingstone

Stocksy, a digital licensing co-op launched March 25, 2013, ...

Kirit Joshi
Kirit Joshi

Harald Heker
Harald Heker

Since 2006 Harald Heker is Member of the Executive Board of ...

Jeff Sedlick
Jeff Sedlick

Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean Michel Jarre first came to international fame with his ...

Sami Valkonen
Sami Valkonen

Currently at Google Sami heads the international music ...

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest ...

Penny Grubb
Penny Grubb

Penny Grubb has been Chair of the Authors' Licensing and ...

Eleonora Rosati
Eleonora Rosati

Dr Eleonora Rosati is an Avvocato (Italian-qualified ...

Scott Turow
Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney.  He is the author of ...

Jeremy Greenfield
Jeremy Greenfield

Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book ...

Edmund Lam
Edmund Lam

Edmund Lam, engineer by training, is the CEO and Director ...

Keith Harris
Keith Harris

Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974.  ...

Wally Badarou
Wally Badarou

Longtime associate of british band Level 42, Wally Badarou ...

Sharon Boyse
Sharon Boyse

Sharon’s career in the music industry spans 20+ years, ...

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Interview with Sean M. O’Connor, Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law (USA)

Sean M. O’Connor is a Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. He is also the Director of Legal Affairs for Seattle-based music platform RockStar Motel (USA). He will be speaking at the session ‘Re-connecting with the digital narrative?’ at the World Creators Summit in Washington, DC on Wednesday June 5 (12.15pm > 1.00pm).

1 – What is your assessment of the situation today between the creative community and the tech world?

The creative community views its output as premium goods to be individually promoted, whereas the tech world views it all as roughly equal value commodities to be moved in bulk.

2 – How could the views of the two parties be reconciled?

I’d like to focus on common ground instead: both parties should be thinking about delivering experiences rather than fixed works.

3 – Do you think that copyright is outdated in the digital age?

Not at all. In fact, it’s more important than ever. The tech guys rely on copyright protection for their code as much as creators rely on it for their works.