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John Simson
John Simson

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

Olivier Hinnewinkel
Olivier Hinnewinkel

Olivier Hinnewinkel is Director General of the ...

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen

Ted Cohen
Ted Cohen

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

Richard Conlon
Richard Conlon

Richard Conlon is Senior Vice President of Corporate ...

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

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

Mark Mulligan
Mark Mulligan

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

Simon Raymonde
Simon Raymonde

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

Jean-Noël Tronc
Jean-Noël Tronc

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

Eleonora Rosati
Eleonora Rosati

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

Horacio Maldonado
Horacio Maldonado

Lee Knife
Lee Knife

Mitch Glazier
Mitch Glazier

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

Marisa Gandelman
Marisa Gandelman

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

Eriq Gardner
Eriq Gardner

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

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 ...

Janine Lorente
Janine Lorente

Janine Lorente was appointed Director of International ...

Alejandro Guarello
Alejandro Guarello

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

Sean M. O’Connor
Sean M. O’Connor

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

Zahavah Levine
Zahavah Levine

A digital music veteran, Zahavah currently manages ...

Jeff Sedlick
Jeff Sedlick

Tero Ojanperä
Tero Ojanperä

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

Chantal Restivo-Alessi
Chantal Restivo-Alessi

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

Scot Morris
Scot Morris

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

Eric Baptiste
Eric Baptiste

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

Matt Mason
Matt Mason

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

Tania Spriggens
Tania Spriggens

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

Jason Merkoski
Jason Merkoski

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

Helienne Lindvall
Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award winning professional ...

Harald Heker
Harald Heker

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

Werner Stauffacher
Werner Stauffacher

Laurent Hubert
Laurent Hubert

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

Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District ...

Alan Balchin
Alan Balchin

Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo
Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo

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

Catharine Saxberg
Catharine Saxberg

David Torstensson
David Torstensson

Dr Torstensson focuses on policy and economic analysis ...

Eric Hilton
Eric Hilton

John LoFrumento
John LoFrumento

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

Eugene H. Mopsik
Eugene H. Mopsik

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

Kirit Joshi
Kirit Joshi

Dominic McGonigal
Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal is a talented and successful creative ...

Achille Forler
Achille Forler

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

Jill Lesser
Jill Lesser

FX Nuttall
FX Nuttall

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

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse

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

Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz

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

Josephine Jagielo
Josephine Jagielo

Josephine Jagielo is the Vice President of International ...

Vincent Misiano
Vincent Misiano

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

Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary

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

Victoria Espinel
Victoria Espinel

Chris Ruen
Chris Ruen

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

Richard Hooper
Richard Hooper

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

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

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

Nicholas Motsatse
Nicholas Motsatse

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

Keith Harris
Keith Harris

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

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung

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

Jean-François Bert
Jean-François Bert

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

Sarah Jacquier
Sarah Jacquier

Kim Ravers
Kim Ravers

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

Axel Dauchez
Axel Dauchez

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

Susana Baca
Susana Baca

FORMACIÓN ACADÉMICA Licenciatura en Educación, ...

Penny Grubb
Penny Grubb

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

Maria A. Pallante
Maria A. Pallante

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

Michael Huppe
Michael Huppe

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

Robert Panzer
Robert Panzer

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Ursula Mackenzie
Ursula Mackenzie

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

Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn

Andrew Jenkins
Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins is Executive Vice President International ...

Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson

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

Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi

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

Shelley Lee
Shelley Lee

Jacques Fansten
Jacques Fansten

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

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

Amanda Harcourt
Amanda Harcourt

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

Regis Flad
Regis Flad

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

Karyn Temple Claggett
Karyn Temple Claggett

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

Edmund Lam
Edmund Lam

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

Christophe Depreter
Christophe Depreter

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

Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre

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

David Israelite
David Israelite

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

John Morton
John Morton

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

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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

Scott Turow
Scott Turow

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

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft

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

Don Quarles
Don Quarles

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

Niels Mosumgaard
Niels Mosumgaard

Albert Pastore
Albert Pastore

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

Laurent Petitgirard
Laurent Petitgirard

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

Jay Rosenthal
Jay Rosenthal

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

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

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

Jeremy Greenfield
Jeremy Greenfield

Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book ...

Anna G. Eshoo
Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, ...

Kun Gao
Kun Gao

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

Rick Carnes
Rick Carnes

Stacie Passon
Stacie Passon

  Stacie Passon is an American film director and ...

Casey Rae
Casey Rae

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

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 ...

Kenth Muldin
Kenth Muldin

Kenth Muldin joined STIM (Swedish Performing Rights ...

Ralph Peer
Ralph Peer

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

Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

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

Bruce Livingstone
Bruce Livingstone

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

Sami Valkonen
Sami Valkonen

Currently at Google Sami heads the international music ...

Ralph Simon
Ralph Simon

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

Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

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

Luciano Marchione
Luciano Marchione

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

Theodore Feder
Theodore Feder

Satoshi Watanabe
Satoshi Watanabe

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

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

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

Nanea Reeves
Nanea Reeves

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

Nathan Maharaj
Nathan Maharaj

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

David Alexander
David Alexander

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

Jeremy Fabinyi
Jeremy Fabinyi

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

Trisha Ziff
Trisha Ziff

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

David Carson
David Carson

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Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen
Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen

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Richard Dale Kelly
Richard Dale Kelly

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

Sharon Boyse
Sharon Boyse

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

Yves Nilly
Yves Nilly

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

Simon Darlow
Simon Darlow

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

Wally Badarou
Wally Badarou

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

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

Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler

Stanford McCoy
Stanford McCoy

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

Hervé Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa

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

Stephen Navin
Stephen Navin

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

Bruce A. Lehman
Bruce A. Lehman

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

Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

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Ana De Hollanda
Ana De Hollanda

Susan Butler
Susan Butler

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

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded ...

Rupert Hine
Rupert Hine

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

Michael Battiston
Michael Battiston

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Michael Grecco
Michael Grecco

Creating distinctive images that are evocative, ...

Tracey Armstrong
Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive ...

Sandra Aistars
Sandra Aistars

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

John Lapham
John Lapham

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

Marjorie David
Marjorie David

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

Brett Cottle
Brett Cottle

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

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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.