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speakers 2013
Amanda Harcourt
Amanda Harcourt

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

Victoria Espinel
Victoria Espinel

Regis Flad
Regis Flad

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

Maria A. Pallante
Maria A. Pallante

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

Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo
Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo

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

Brett Cottle
Brett Cottle

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

Matt Mason
Matt Mason

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

Richard Dale Kelly
Richard Dale Kelly

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

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

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

Christophe Depreter
Christophe Depreter

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

Stephen Navin
Stephen Navin

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

Simon Darlow
Simon Darlow

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

John LoFrumento
John LoFrumento

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

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

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

Niels Mosumgaard
Niels Mosumgaard

Horacio Maldonado
Horacio Maldonado

Zahavah Levine
Zahavah Levine

A digital music veteran, Zahavah currently manages ...

Ana De Hollanda
Ana De Hollanda

Vincent Misiano
Vincent Misiano

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

Susana Baca
Susana Baca

FORMACIÓN ACADÉMICA Licenciatura en Educación, ...

David Israelite
David Israelite

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

Ralph Simon
Ralph Simon

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

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

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

Janine Lorente
Janine Lorente

Janine Lorente was appointed Director of International ...

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse

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

Josephine Jagielo
Josephine Jagielo

Josephine Jagielo is the Vice President of International ...

David Torstensson
David Torstensson

Dr Torstensson focuses on policy and economic analysis ...

Jason Merkoski
Jason Merkoski

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

Theodore Feder
Theodore Feder

Mark Mulligan
Mark Mulligan

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

Sami Valkonen
Sami Valkonen

Currently at Google Sami heads the international music ...

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded ...

Luciano Marchione
Luciano Marchione

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

Tero Ojanperä
Tero Ojanperä

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

Eriq Gardner
Eriq Gardner

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

Sean M. O’Connor
Sean M. O’Connor

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

Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary

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

Scot Morris
Scot Morris

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

Sandra Aistars
Sandra Aistars

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

Don Quarles
Don Quarles

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

Jean-Noël Tronc
Jean-Noël Tronc

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

Kenth Muldin
Kenth Muldin

Kenth Muldin joined STIM (Swedish Performing Rights ...

Chantal Restivo-Alessi
Chantal Restivo-Alessi

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

Jeff Sedlick
Jeff Sedlick

Catharine Saxberg
Catharine Saxberg

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

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

Robert Panzer
Robert Panzer

Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness

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

Kun Gao
Kun Gao

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

Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken

Mitch Glazier
Mitch Glazier

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

Albert Pastore
Albert Pastore

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

Stanford McCoy
Stanford McCoy

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

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Keith Harris
Keith Harris

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

Achille Forler
Achille Forler

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

Lee Knife
Lee Knife

Helienne Lindvall
Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award winning professional ...

Rupert Hine
Rupert Hine

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

Jay Rosenthal
Jay Rosenthal

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

Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

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

Sarah Jacquier
Sarah Jacquier

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

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

Trisha Ziff
Trisha Ziff

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

Richard Conlon
Richard Conlon

Richard Conlon is Senior Vice President of Corporate ...

Eugene H. Mopsik
Eugene H. Mopsik

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

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

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

Jean-François Bert
Jean-François Bert

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

Karyn Temple Claggett
Karyn Temple Claggett

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

Andrew Jenkins
Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins is Executive Vice President International ...

FX Nuttall
FX Nuttall

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

Nicholas Motsatse
Nicholas Motsatse

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

Eric Baptiste
Eric Baptiste

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

John Simson
John Simson

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

Jeremy Greenfield
Jeremy Greenfield

Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book ...

Michael Battiston
Michael Battiston

Michael is responsible for maintaining ASCAP’s ...

Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District ...

Nanea Reeves
Nanea Reeves

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

David Alexander
David Alexander

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

Bruce Livingstone
Bruce Livingstone

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

Harald Heker
Harald Heker

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

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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

Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz

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

Marisa Gandelman
Marisa Gandelman

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

Eleonora Rosati
Eleonora Rosati

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

Werner Stauffacher
Werner Stauffacher

Michael Grecco
Michael Grecco

Creating distinctive images that are evocative, ...

David Carson
David Carson

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

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

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

Simon Raymonde
Simon Raymonde

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

Tania Spriggens
Tania Spriggens

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

Jacques Fansten
Jacques Fansten

Axel Dauchez
Axel Dauchez

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

Satoshi Watanabe
Satoshi Watanabe

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

Michael Huppe
Michael Huppe

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

Jill Lesser
Jill Lesser

Olivier Hinnewinkel
Olivier Hinnewinkel

Olivier Hinnewinkel is Director General of the ...

Shelley Lee
Shelley Lee

Anna G. Eshoo
Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, ...

Richard Hooper
Richard Hooper

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

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft

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

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung

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

Penny Grubb
Penny Grubb

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

Alan Balchin
Alan Balchin

Laurent Petitgirard
Laurent Petitgirard

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

Alejandro Guarello
Alejandro Guarello

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

Eric Hilton
Eric Hilton

John Morton
John Morton

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

Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre

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

Pat Collins
Pat Collins

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

Marjorie David
Marjorie David

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

Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

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

Sharon Boyse
Sharon Boyse

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

Ted Cohen
Ted Cohen

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

Edmund Lam
Edmund Lam

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

Bruce A. Lehman
Bruce A. Lehman

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

Stacie Passon
Stacie Passon

  Stacie Passon is an American film director and ...

John Lapham
John Lapham

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

Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler

Ursula Mackenzie
Ursula Mackenzie

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

Kirit Joshi
Kirit Joshi

Tracey Armstrong
Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive ...

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

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

Scott Turow
Scott Turow

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

Klaus Thymann
Klaus Thymann

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

Dominic McGonigal
Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal is a talented and successful creative ...

Yves Nilly
Yves Nilly

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

Nathan Maharaj
Nathan Maharaj

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

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen

Jeremy Fabinyi
Jeremy Fabinyi

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

Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi

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

Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen
Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen

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

Ralph Peer
Ralph Peer

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

Kim Ravers
Kim Ravers

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

Susan Butler
Susan Butler

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

Rick Carnes
Rick Carnes

Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson

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

Casey Rae
Casey Rae

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

Chris Ruen
Chris Ruen

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

Wally Badarou
Wally Badarou

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

Laurent Hubert
Laurent Hubert

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

Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn

Hervé Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa

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

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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.