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  • Writers Guild of America
  • Society of Audiovisual Authors
  • Authors Registry
  • Digital Media Wire, Inc.
  • America’s Mechanical Rights Society
  • The Recording Industry Association of America
  • International Music Council
  • Broadcast Music, Inc.
  • Federation of European Publishers
  • Federation of Film and Audiovisuals Composers in Europe
  • National Music Publishers’ Association
  • GESAC
  • Centre of the Picture Industry
  • Directors Guild of America
  • Music Confidential
  • Screen Composers Guild of Canada
  • Copyright Alliance
  • British Copyright Council
  • European Visual Artists
  • IFPI
  • HFA
  • Songwriters’ Guild of America Foundation
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
  • Publishers Licensing Society
  • IMPALA
  • National Music Council of the United States
  • International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • Bureau Export de la Musique Française
  • Songwriters Association of Canada
  • Songwriters Guild of America
  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • VAGA
  • Getty Images
  • Musicdish/Mi2N
  • SESAC
  • European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  • American Society of Media Photographers
  • European Writers’ Council
  • Artists Rights Society
  • Canadian Music Week
  • Edition Multimedi@
  • EUobserver
  • Intellectual Property Magazine
speakers 2013
Simon Darlow
Simon Darlow

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

Brett Cottle
Brett Cottle

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

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

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

Tero Ojanperä
Tero Ojanperä

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

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

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

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo

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

Albert Pastore
Albert Pastore

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

Keith Harris
Keith Harris

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

Niels Mosumgaard
Niels Mosumgaard

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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

Josephine Jagielo
Josephine Jagielo

Josephine Jagielo is the Vice President of International ...

Dominic McGonigal
Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal is a talented and successful creative ...

Bruce Livingstone
Bruce Livingstone

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

Bruce A. Lehman
Bruce A. Lehman

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

Sharon Boyse
Sharon Boyse

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

Kenth Muldin
Kenth Muldin

Kenth Muldin joined STIM (Swedish Performing Rights ...

Kun Gao
Kun Gao

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

Matt Mason
Matt Mason

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

Michael Battiston
Michael Battiston

Michael is responsible for maintaining ASCAP’s ...

Don Quarles
Don Quarles

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

Michael Grecco
Michael Grecco

Creating distinctive images that are evocative, ...

Eriq Gardner
Eriq Gardner

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

Harald Heker
Harald Heker

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

Richard Dale Kelly
Richard Dale Kelly

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

Ralph Simon
Ralph Simon

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

John Morton
John Morton

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

Eugene H. Mopsik
Eugene H. Mopsik

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

Penny Grubb
Penny Grubb

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

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

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

Andrew Jenkins
Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins is Executive Vice President International ...

Scott Turow
Scott Turow

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

David Israelite
David Israelite

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

Rupert Hine
Rupert Hine

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

Scot Morris
Scot Morris

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

Susana Baca
Susana Baca

FORMACIÓN ACADÉMICA Licenciatura en Educación, ...

Klaus Thymann
Klaus Thymann

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

Sarah Jacquier
Sarah Jacquier

Michael Simon
Michael Simon

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

Tracey Armstrong
Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive ...

Jeremy Fabinyi
Jeremy Fabinyi

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

John LoFrumento
John LoFrumento

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

Ralph Peer
Ralph Peer

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

John Simson
John Simson

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

Lee Knife
Lee Knife

Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre

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

Richard Hooper
Richard Hooper

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

Axel Dauchez
Axel Dauchez

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

Edmund Lam
Edmund Lam

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

Casey Rae
Casey Rae

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

Paul Aiken
Paul Aiken

Robert Panzer
Robert Panzer

Stephen Navin
Stephen Navin

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

Chris Ruen
Chris Ruen

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

Jay Rosenthal
Jay Rosenthal

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

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 ...

Regis Flad
Regis Flad

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

David Torstensson
David Torstensson

Dr Torstensson focuses on policy and economic analysis ...

Laurent Petitgirard
Laurent Petitgirard

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

Jeremy Greenfield
Jeremy Greenfield

Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book ...

Horacio Maldonado
Horacio Maldonado

Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness

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

Luciano Marchione
Luciano Marchione

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

Michael Huppe
Michael Huppe

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

Simon Raymonde
Simon Raymonde

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

Maria A. Pallante
Maria A. Pallante

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

Jeff Sedlick
Jeff Sedlick

Rick Carnes
Rick Carnes

Jacques Fansten
Jacques Fansten

Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

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

Alan Balchin
Alan Balchin

Susan Butler
Susan Butler

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

Achille Forler
Achille Forler

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

John Lapham
John Lapham

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

Eleonora Rosati
Eleonora Rosati

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

Wally Badarou
Wally Badarou

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

Victoria Espinel
Victoria Espinel

Christophe Depreter
Christophe Depreter

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

Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
Roberto Cantoral Zucchi

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

Alejandro Guarello
Alejandro Guarello

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

Eric Hilton
Eric Hilton

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

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

Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary

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

Catharine Saxberg
Catharine Saxberg

Vincent Misiano
Vincent Misiano

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

Helienne Lindvall
Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award winning professional ...

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung

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

Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District ...

Ana De Hollanda
Ana De Hollanda

Amanda Harcourt
Amanda Harcourt

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

Marisa Gandelman
Marisa Gandelman

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

Marjorie David
Marjorie David

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

Anna G. Eshoo
Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, ...

Jorge Mejia
Jorge Mejia

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

Jean-François Bert
Jean-François Bert

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

Mitch Glazier
Mitch Glazier

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

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded ...

Jean-Noël Tronc
Jean-Noël Tronc

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

Mark Mulligan
Mark Mulligan

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

Laurent Hubert
Laurent Hubert

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

Ted Cohen
Ted Cohen

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

Werner Stauffacher
Werner Stauffacher

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Sandra Aistars
Sandra Aistars

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

Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler

Jason Merkoski
Jason Merkoski

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

Kirit Joshi
Kirit Joshi

David Alexander
David Alexander

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

Kim Ravers
Kim Ravers

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

Eric Baptiste
Eric Baptiste

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

Satoshi Watanabe
Satoshi Watanabe

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

Sami Valkonen
Sami Valkonen

Currently at Google Sami heads the international music ...

Nanea Reeves
Nanea Reeves

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

Stacie Passon
Stacie Passon

  Stacie Passon is an American film director and ...

FX Nuttall
FX Nuttall

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

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

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

Nicholas Motsatse
Nicholas Motsatse

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

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

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

Ursula Mackenzie
Ursula Mackenzie

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

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse

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

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft

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

Theodore Feder
Theodore Feder

Zahavah Levine
Zahavah Levine

A digital music veteran, Zahavah currently manages ...

Jill Lesser
Jill Lesser

Trisha Ziff
Trisha Ziff

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

Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo
Dr. Carlos Guillermo Ocampo

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

Olivier Hinnewinkel
Olivier Hinnewinkel

Olivier Hinnewinkel is Director General of the ...

Sean M. O’Connor
Sean M. O’Connor

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

Karyn Temple Claggett
Karyn Temple Claggett

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

Pat Collins
Pat Collins

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

Janine Lorente
Janine Lorente

Janine Lorente was appointed Director of International ...

Stanford McCoy
Stanford McCoy

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

Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen
Karsten Dyrhberg Nielsen

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

Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson

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

David Carson
David Carson

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

Nathan Maharaj
Nathan Maharaj

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

Yves Nilly
Yves Nilly

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

Shelley Lee
Shelley Lee

Gigi B. Sohn
Gigi B. Sohn

Hervé Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa

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

Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz

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

Tania Spriggens
Tania Spriggens

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

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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.