Conference on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights in North America

CONFERENCE ON COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS IN NORTH AMERICA

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America, and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors, Composers and Publishers (CISAC) and with the assistance of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and SESAC Inc.

Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville, Tennessee
October 17 to 19, 2007

To register for the conference and for additional information, please see the conference web page:
http://www.law.vanderbilt.edu/wipoconf/index.aspx

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 200718.30 – 20.30 REGISTRATION

18.30 – 19.00 KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Speakers:

Mr. Michael Keplinger, Deputy Director General, Copyright and Related Rights Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva

Mr. Eric Baptiste, Director General, International Confederation of Societies of Authors, Composers and Publishers (CISAC), Paris, France

Mr. Edward Rubin, Dean, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Mr. Michael J. Schoenfeld, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

19.00 Reception offered by CISAC

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007

8.45 – 9.00 OPENING CEREMONY

Speakers:

Mr. Michael Keplinger

Mr. Eric Baptiste

Mr. Larry Helfer, Professor of Law, Director, International Legal Studies Program, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Mr. Patrick Masouye, Acting Director, Copyright Collective Management and Related Issues Division, WIPO, Geneva

9.00 – 10.45 PANEL DISCUSSION 1

THE APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL TREATIES IN RELATION TO COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF RIGHTS

Issues to discuss:

Nature and scope of rights concerned; technological protection measures (TPM) and rights management information; the challenges ahead: systems interoperability and market access. Role of identification numbering systems in the field of copyright content: the right of distribution and mechanical reproduction rights in computer networks. European collective management organizations facing competition measures. Are European competition measures in harmony with international norms?

The impact of European competition vis-a-vis foreign authors’ societies and major publishers. Moderator: Mr. Michael Sukin, Lawyer, Sukin Law Group, New York, United States of America

Speakers:

Dr. Mihaly Ficsor, President, Hungarian Copyright Council, Budapest, Hungary

Professor Hugh Hansen, Fordham University School of Law, New York, United States of America

Mr. Richard Owens, Director, Copyright E-Commerce Technology and Management Division, Copyright and Related Rights Sector, WIPO, Geneva

10.30 – 10.45 Question and Answer Session

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.45 PANEL DISCUSSION 2

EMERGING NEW SERVICES: THEIR IMPACT ON COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS

Issues to discuss: Consumer electronics and rights management: file-sharing, MP3, Pod casting, station-ripping, streaming and other digital services; music, video and TV programs on mobile telephones, such as the UMTS technology. Internet video services – Mobisodes/Webisodes. What are the future technological trends and their impact on rights management? Which rights are concerned? Who should license and how?

Basis and criteria: Monitoring sales of music on-demand via networks. Are current international norms already obsolete? Multimedia products and clearance of rights. The present situation in the United States of America. Are collective management organizations equipped to respond to new emerging services and ensure distribution of royalties?

Moderator: Mr. Patrick Collins, President and Chief Operating Officer, SESAC Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Speakers:

Professor Daniel Gervais, Osler Professor of Law and University Research Chair in Intellectual Property, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Mr. Eric Baptiste

Mr. Lauri Rechardt, Consultant, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), London, United Kingdom

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