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Brett Cottle
Brett Cottle

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

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District ...

Vincent Misiano
Vincent Misiano

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

Chantal Restivo-Alessi
Chantal Restivo-Alessi

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

Maria A. Pallante
Maria A. Pallante

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

Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn

Stanford McCoy
Stanford McCoy

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

Anna G. Eshoo
Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, ...

Trisha Ziff
Trisha Ziff

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

Nathan Maharaj
Nathan Maharaj

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

Tania Spriggens
Tania Spriggens

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

Sandra Aistars
Sandra Aistars

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

John LoFrumento
John LoFrumento

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

Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness

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

Jacques Fansten
Jacques Fansten

Lee Knife
Lee Knife

Penny Grubb
Penny Grubb

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

Sarah Jacquier
Sarah Jacquier

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung

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

Rupert Hine
Rupert Hine

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

Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken

Keith Harris
Keith Harris

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

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

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

Hervé Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa

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

Zahavah Levine
Zahavah Levine

A digital music veteran, Zahavah currently manages ...

Horacio Maldonado
Horacio Maldonado

Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre

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

Eleonora Rosati
Eleonora Rosati

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

Michael Huppe
Michael Huppe

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

Ralph Peer
Ralph Peer

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

Laurent Hubert
Laurent Hubert

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

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded ...

Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen
Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen

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

Simon Raymonde
Simon Raymonde

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

Ursula Mackenzie
Ursula Mackenzie

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

Tracey Armstrong
Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive ...

Regis Flad
Regis Flad

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

Laurent Petitgirard
Laurent Petitgirard

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

Andrew Jenkins
Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins is Executive Vice President International ...

Albert Pastore
Albert Pastore

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

Nanea Reeves
Nanea Reeves

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

Eric Hilton
Eric Hilton

Jason Merkoski
Jason Merkoski

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

John Morton
John Morton

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

Jeremy Fabinyi
Jeremy Fabinyi

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

Mitch Glazier
Mitch Glazier

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

Michael Grecco
Michael Grecco

Creating distinctive images that are evocative, ...

Marjorie David
Marjorie David

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

Eugene H. Mopsik
Eugene H. Mopsik

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Kim Ravers
Kim Ravers

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

David Alexander
David Alexander

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

Edmund Lam
Edmund Lam

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

Scot Morris
Scot Morris

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Kenth Muldin
Kenth Muldin

Kenth Muldin joined STIM (Swedish Performing Rights ...

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft

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

Susana Baca
Susana Baca

FORMACIÓN ACADÉMICA Licenciatura en Educación, ...

Jill Lesser
Jill Lesser

Michael Battiston
Michael Battiston

Michael is responsible for maintaining ASCAP’s ...

Eriq Gardner
Eriq Gardner

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

John Lapham
John Lapham

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

Alejandro Guarello
Alejandro Guarello

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

Luciano Marchione
Luciano Marchione

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

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse

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

Catharine Saxberg
Catharine Saxberg

Pat Collins
Pat Collins

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Achille Forler
Achille Forler

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Jean-Noël Tronc
Jean-Noël Tronc

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

Tero Ojanperä
Tero Ojanperä

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Scott Turow
Scott Turow

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Jay Rosenthal
Jay Rosenthal

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

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

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David Carson
David Carson

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

Ted Cohen
Ted Cohen

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

Nicholas Motsatse
Nicholas Motsatse

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

Susan Butler
Susan Butler

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

Klaus Thymann
Klaus Thymann

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

Janine Lorente
Janine Lorente

Janine Lorente was appointed Director of International ...

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

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

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

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

Robert Panzer
Robert Panzer

John Simson
John Simson

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

Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi

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

Richard Hooper
Richard Hooper

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

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

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

Sharon Boyse
Sharon Boyse

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Richard Conlon
Richard Conlon

Richard Conlon is Senior Vice President of Corporate ...

David Israelite
David Israelite

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

Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson

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

Werner Stauffacher
Werner Stauffacher

Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

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

Kirit Joshi
Kirit Joshi

Stacie Passon
Stacie Passon

  Stacie Passon is an American film director and ...

Richard Dale Kelly
Richard Dale Kelly

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

Jeff Sedlick
Jeff Sedlick

Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz

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

Wally Badarou
Wally Badarou

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

Christophe Depreter
Christophe Depreter

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

Satoshi Watanabe
Satoshi Watanabe

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

Josephine Jagielo
Josephine Jagielo

Josephine Jagielo is the Vice President of International ...

Chris Ruen
Chris Ruen

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

Stephen Navin
Stephen Navin

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

Axel Dauchez
Axel Dauchez

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

Bruce A. Lehman
Bruce A. Lehman

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

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

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

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 ...

Matt Mason
Matt Mason

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

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

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

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 ...

Jeremy Greenfield
Jeremy Greenfield

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Shelley Lee
Shelley Lee

Theodore Feder
Theodore Feder

Rick Carnes
Rick Carnes

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

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Kun Gao
Kun Gao

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Alan Balchin
Alan Balchin

Victoria Espinel
Victoria Espinel

Ana De Hollanda
Ana De Hollanda

FX Nuttall
FX Nuttall

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Sean M. O’Connor
Sean M. O’Connor

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

Amanda Harcourt
Amanda Harcourt

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

Eric Baptiste
Eric Baptiste

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Yves Nilly
Yves Nilly

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Jean-François Bert
Jean-François Bert

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David Torstensson
David Torstensson

Dr Torstensson focuses on policy and economic analysis ...

Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo
Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo

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Dominic McGonigal
Dominic McGonigal

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Simon Darlow
Simon Darlow

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

Karyn Temple Claggett
Karyn Temple Claggett

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

Niels Mosumgaard
Niels Mosumgaard

Casey Rae
Casey Rae

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Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler

Don Quarles
Don Quarles

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Ralph Simon
Ralph Simon

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

Olivier Hinnewinkel
Olivier Hinnewinkel

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Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

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

Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary

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Marisa Gandelman
Marisa Gandelman

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Bruce Livingstone
Bruce Livingstone

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

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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

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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.