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speakers 2013
Helienne Lindvall
Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award winning professional ...

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 ...

Penny Grubb
Penny Grubb

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

Marjorie David
Marjorie David

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

Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler

Pat Collins
Pat Collins

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

Jill Lesser
Jill Lesser

Trisha Ziff
Trisha Ziff

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

Regis Flad
Regis Flad

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

Bruce A. Lehman
Bruce A. Lehman

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

Chris Ruen
Chris Ruen

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

Kirit Joshi
Kirit Joshi

Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson

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

Dominic McGonigal
Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal is a talented and successful creative ...

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

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

Tania Spriggens
Tania Spriggens

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

Simon Darlow
Simon Darlow

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

Ana De Hollanda
Ana De Hollanda

Amanda Harcourt
Amanda Harcourt

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

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung

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

Nanea Reeves
Nanea Reeves

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

FX Nuttall
FX Nuttall

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

Jason Merkoski
Jason Merkoski

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

Eric Hilton
Eric Hilton

Sandra Aistars
Sandra Aistars

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

Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary

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

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen

Jean-Noël Tronc
Jean-Noël Tronc

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

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 ...

Hervé Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa

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

Jeremy Greenfield
Jeremy Greenfield

Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book ...

Jeremy Fabinyi
Jeremy Fabinyi

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

Casey Rae
Casey Rae

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

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

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

Klaus Thymann
Klaus Thymann

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

Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness

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

Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

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

Keith Harris
Keith Harris

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

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

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

Bruce Livingstone
Bruce Livingstone

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

Stacie Passon
Stacie Passon

  Stacie Passon is an American film director and ...

Andrew Jenkins
Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins is Executive Vice President International ...

Stanford McCoy
Stanford McCoy

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

Horacio Maldonado
Horacio Maldonado

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft

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

Kim Ravers
Kim Ravers

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

Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi

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

Sharon Boyse
Sharon Boyse

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

Jay Rosenthal
Jay Rosenthal

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

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Victoria Espinel
Victoria Espinel

David Israelite
David Israelite

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

Luciano Marchione
Luciano Marchione

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

Alejandro Guarello
Alejandro Guarello

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

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

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

Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre

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

Achille Forler
Achille Forler

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

Mark Mulligan
Mark Mulligan

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

Laurent Petitgirard
Laurent Petitgirard

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

Axel Dauchez
Axel Dauchez

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

Scot Morris
Scot Morris

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

Ted Cohen
Ted Cohen

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

Maria A. Pallante
Maria A. Pallante

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

Edmund Lam
Edmund Lam

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

Alan Balchin
Alan Balchin

Laurent Hubert
Laurent Hubert

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

Ralph Simon
Ralph Simon

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

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded ...

John Morton
John Morton

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

Theodore Feder
Theodore Feder

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

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

Werner Stauffacher
Werner Stauffacher

Matt Mason
Matt Mason

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

Rupert Hine
Rupert Hine

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

Stephen Navin
Stephen Navin

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

Chantal Restivo-Alessi
Chantal Restivo-Alessi

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

Richard Conlon
Richard Conlon

Richard Conlon is Senior Vice President of Corporate ...

Karyn Temple Claggett
Karyn Temple Claggett

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

Michael Huppe
Michael Huppe

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

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

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

Kenth Muldin
Kenth Muldin

Kenth Muldin joined STIM (Swedish Performing Rights ...

Don Quarles
Don Quarles

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

Satoshi Watanabe
Satoshi Watanabe

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

Sarah Jacquier
Sarah Jacquier

Sami Valkonen
Sami Valkonen

Currently at Google Sami heads the international music ...

Tracey Armstrong
Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive ...

Ralph Peer
Ralph Peer

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

Christophe Depreter
Christophe Depreter

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

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

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

Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo
Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo

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

Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn

John Lapham
John Lapham

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

Janine Lorente
Janine Lorente

Janine Lorente was appointed Director of International ...

Catharine Saxberg
Catharine Saxberg

Vincent Misiano
Vincent Misiano

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

Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District ...

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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

Simon Raymonde
Simon Raymonde

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

Yves Nilly
Yves Nilly

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

Ursula Mackenzie
Ursula Mackenzie

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

Anna G. Eshoo
Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, ...

John LoFrumento
John LoFrumento

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

John Simson
John Simson

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

Shelley Lee
Shelley Lee

Michael Battiston
Michael Battiston

Michael is responsible for maintaining ASCAP’s ...

Jeff Sedlick
Jeff Sedlick

Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

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

Eugene H. Mopsik
Eugene H. Mopsik

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

Rick Carnes
Rick Carnes

Susana Baca
Susana Baca

FORMACIÓN ACADÉMICA Licenciatura en Educación, ...

David Alexander
David Alexander

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

Susan Butler
Susan Butler

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

Lee Knife
Lee Knife

Michael Grecco
Michael Grecco

Creating distinctive images that are evocative, ...

David Carson
David Carson

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

Sean M. O’Connor
Sean M. O’Connor

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

Nicholas Motsatse
Nicholas Motsatse

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

Albert Pastore
Albert Pastore

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

Nathan Maharaj
Nathan Maharaj

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

Kun Gao
Kun Gao

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

Niels Mosumgaard
Niels Mosumgaard

Eleonora Rosati
Eleonora Rosati

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

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

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

Olivier Hinnewinkel
Olivier Hinnewinkel

Olivier Hinnewinkel is Director General of the ...

Eriq Gardner
Eriq Gardner

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

Zahavah Levine
Zahavah Levine

A digital music veteran, Zahavah currently manages ...

Brett Cottle
Brett Cottle

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

Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz

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

Jacques Fansten
Jacques Fansten

Richard Dale Kelly
Richard Dale Kelly

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

Harald Heker
Harald Heker

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

Robert Panzer
Robert Panzer

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse

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

David Torstensson
David Torstensson

Dr Torstensson focuses on policy and economic analysis ...

Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen
Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen

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

Wally Badarou
Wally Badarou

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

Eric Baptiste
Eric Baptiste

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

Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken

Scott Turow
Scott Turow

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

Tero Ojanperä
Tero Ojanperä

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

Jean-François Bert
Jean-François Bert

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