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  • Centre of the Picture Industry
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  • International Confederation of Music Publishers
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  • Artists Rights Society
  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • American Society of Media Photographers
  • Screen Composers Guild of Canada
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  • Canadian Music Week
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Ralph Peer
Ralph Peer

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

Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness

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

Sarah Jacquier
Sarah Jacquier

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

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

Helienne Lindvall
Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award winning professional ...

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

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

Tania Spriggens
Tania Spriggens

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

Susana Baca
Susana Baca

FORMACIÓN ACADÉMICA Licenciatura en Educación, ...

Werner Stauffacher
Werner Stauffacher

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen

Stanford McCoy
Stanford McCoy

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

Michael Grecco
Michael Grecco

Creating distinctive images that are evocative, ...

Satoshi Watanabe
Satoshi Watanabe

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

Jill Lesser
Jill Lesser

Edmund Lam
Edmund Lam

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

Scot Morris
Scot Morris

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

Pat Collins
Pat Collins

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

Nicholas Motsatse
Nicholas Motsatse

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

Christophe Depreter
Christophe Depreter

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

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 ...

Vincent Misiano
Vincent Misiano

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

Simon Raymonde
Simon Raymonde

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

Dominic McGonigal
Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal is a talented and successful creative ...

Michael Huppe
Michael Huppe

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

Eugene H. Mopsik
Eugene H. Mopsik

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

Kun Gao
Kun Gao

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

Janine Lorente
Janine Lorente

Janine Lorente was appointed Director of International ...

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

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

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

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

Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson

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

Brett Cottle
Brett Cottle

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

Wally Badarou
Wally Badarou

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

Shelley Lee
Shelley Lee

Josephine Jagielo
Josephine Jagielo

Josephine Jagielo is the Vice President of International ...

Rupert Hine
Rupert Hine

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

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler

Albert Pastore
Albert Pastore

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

Sandra Aistars
Sandra Aistars

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

Simon Darlow
Simon Darlow

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

Jay Rosenthal
Jay Rosenthal

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

Richard Dale Kelly
Richard Dale Kelly

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

Robert Panzer
Robert Panzer

David Torstensson
David Torstensson

Dr Torstensson focuses on policy and economic analysis ...

Ana De Hollanda
Ana De Hollanda

Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn

Jeremy Fabinyi
Jeremy Fabinyi

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

Axel Dauchez
Axel Dauchez

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

Nanea Reeves
Nanea Reeves

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

Chris Ruen
Chris Ruen

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

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

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

Alejandro Guarello
Alejandro Guarello

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

Laurent Petitgirard
Laurent Petitgirard

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

Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen
Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen

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

Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary

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

Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre

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

Kim Ravers
Kim Ravers

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

Nathan Maharaj
Nathan Maharaj

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

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded ...

Bruce A. Lehman
Bruce A. Lehman

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

Ralph Simon
Ralph Simon

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

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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

Penny Grubb
Penny Grubb

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

Don Quarles
Don Quarles

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

Sharon Boyse
Sharon Boyse

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

Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

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

Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken

Jeremy Greenfield
Jeremy Greenfield

Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book ...

Eleonora Rosati
Eleonora Rosati

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

John Lapham
John Lapham

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

Yves Nilly
Yves Nilly

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

Amanda Harcourt
Amanda Harcourt

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

Ursula Mackenzie
Ursula Mackenzie

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

John LoFrumento
John LoFrumento

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

Maria A. Pallante
Maria A. Pallante

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

Laurent Hubert
Laurent Hubert

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

Alan Balchin
Alan Balchin

Richard Hooper
Richard Hooper

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

Ted Cohen
Ted Cohen

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

Lee Knife
Lee Knife

Victoria Espinel
Victoria Espinel

Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo
Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo

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

Anna G. Eshoo
Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, ...

Andrew Jenkins
Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins is Executive Vice President International ...

Rick Carnes
Rick Carnes

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

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

Sean M. O’Connor
Sean M. O’Connor

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

David Israelite
David Israelite

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

David Carson
David Carson

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

Eric Hilton
Eric Hilton

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

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

Marjorie David
Marjorie David

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

Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi

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

Horacio Maldonado
Horacio Maldonado

David Alexander
David Alexander

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

Kirit Joshi
Kirit Joshi

Jean-François Bert
Jean-François Bert

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

Achille Forler
Achille Forler

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

Luciano Marchione
Luciano Marchione

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

Susan Butler
Susan Butler

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

Richard Conlon
Richard Conlon

Richard Conlon is Senior Vice President of Corporate ...

John Simson
John Simson

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

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse

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

Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

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

Jason Merkoski
Jason Merkoski

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

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

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

Hervé Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa

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

Catharine Saxberg
Catharine Saxberg

Karyn Temple Claggett
Karyn Temple Claggett

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

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft

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

Stephen Navin
Stephen Navin

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

FX Nuttall
FX Nuttall

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

Kenth Muldin
Kenth Muldin

Kenth Muldin joined STIM (Swedish Performing Rights ...

Klaus Thymann
Klaus Thymann

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

Theodore Feder
Theodore Feder

Scott Turow
Scott Turow

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

Zahavah Levine
Zahavah Levine

A digital music veteran, Zahavah currently manages ...

Jean-Noël Tronc
Jean-Noël Tronc

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

Jeff Sedlick
Jeff Sedlick

Tero Ojanperä
Tero Ojanperä

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

Mitch Glazier
Mitch Glazier

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

Jacques Fansten
Jacques Fansten

Niels Mosumgaard
Niels Mosumgaard

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung

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

Matt Mason
Matt Mason

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

Tracey Armstrong
Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive ...

Bruce Livingstone
Bruce Livingstone

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Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District ...

Regis Flad
Regis Flad

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Eriq Gardner
Eriq Gardner

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

Eric Baptiste
Eric Baptiste

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

Keith Harris
Keith Harris

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

Mark Mulligan
Mark Mulligan

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

Marisa Gandelman
Marisa Gandelman

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

Sami Valkonen
Sami Valkonen

Currently at Google Sami heads the international music ...

Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz

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

Chantal Restivo-Alessi
Chantal Restivo-Alessi

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

Harald Heker
Harald Heker

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

John Morton
John Morton

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

Michael Battiston
Michael Battiston

Michael is responsible for maintaining ASCAP’s ...

Trisha Ziff
Trisha Ziff

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

Olivier Hinnewinkel
Olivier Hinnewinkel

Olivier Hinnewinkel is Director General of the ...

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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.