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Initial Agenda Announced For CISAC's World Creators Summit: Create * Connect * Respect June 4 & 5, 2013, Washington, DC
- Early Bird Discount Registration Available Now Through March 31
PARIS, France (14 February, 2013) – Today CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) announced the preliminary agenda of the fourth biennial World Creators Summit “Create, Connect, Respect.” Kicking off on June 3 with an evening cocktail reception and welcome from visual artist and CISAC President Hervé Di Rosa, the program will take place June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center.
Formerly known as the World Copyright Summit, this conference is the leading international and cross-industry forum addressing the future of copyright, the creative community and the entertainment business in the digital economy. The agenda revolves around nine key questions:
1. What will be the future of creative industries in the digital age?
2. What are the consequences of the digital environment for creators?
3. What are the new business models for the creative industries?
4. Innovation & copyright – can the two co-exist?
5. Is the collective management of rights fit for the 21st Century?
6. What is the role of data, identifiers and tracking technologies in the new digital economy?
7. What are the key issues dominating the Copyright Agenda in the US and in Europe?
8. Are the BRICS countries growing the copyright “pie”?
9. Where do consumers fit in this ecosystem?
Based on this, the current agenda includes plenaries such as “Is Copyright a Barrier to Economic Growth?,” “Trends in Collective Management,” and “Disruption and Innovation: The Future of Copyright in the Digital Age;” breakout workshops on topics including “Focus on BRICs,” “Accessing TV/Films Online,” “The Business of eBooks,” “Can Photographers Get Fair Deals?,” “Updates on Anti-Piracy Legislation Around the World,” and “A Guide to GRD.” Attendees can also expect keynotes from leading experts and artists addressing these questions from different perspectives, as well as the presentation of several specially commissioned studies for the World Creators Summit.
“Every two years, we bring together the leaders from the creative arts, policy, copyright, rights management, technology and business interests from around the world to engage in real dialog about their roles in shaping the entire creative industry ecosystem,” said Hervé Di Rosa. “In 2011, I was honored to share the stage with such luminaries as Victoria Espinel, White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator; the European Commissioners in charge of the Digital Agenda and the creative sector Neellie Kroes and Michel Barnier; Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General; Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, Google Vice President for Southern and Eastern Europe, MEA; Arnaud Nourry, Hachette Livre Chairman and CEO; Ivo Josipović, President of Croatia and a music composer; Jean Michel Jarre, French author, composer and performer; and Frank Stella, US painter and sculptor. We can expect that calibre of speaker on the agenda for 2013.”
Registration is now open and will be 15% off the standard fees until March 31. Rates for CISAC member organizations are $840, Partner Organizations $970, and the Standard Rate is $1,100.
The last Summit was held June 7-8, 2011 in Brussels, and brought together over 730 participants from around the world, with 57 countries represented. A complete recap of the 2011 event, with video and photos, can be found online.
CISAC is the leading worldwide network of collective management organisations and a unique international NGO uniting 231 authors’ societies and guilds in 121 countries, thus representing over 3 million creators and publishers from all creative genres (music, film, visual arts and literary). In 2011, worldwide royalties collected by CISAC members on behalf of creators reached $10.3 billion (€7.6 billion).
All ten CISAC member societies in the United States are part of the 2013 Summit Advisory Committee and strongly support the event:
• Audio-visual: DGA, Directors Guild of America; WGA, Writers Guild of America
• Music repertoire: AMRA, America's Mechanical Rights Society; ASCAP, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; BMI, Broadcast Music Inc.; NMPA, National Music Publishers Association; SESAC, performing rights organisation
• Literary: The Author's Registry
• Visual arts: ARS, Artists Rights Society; VAGA, Visual Artists and Galleries Association
You Tube is the lead sponsor of the event.
The Summit is also strongly supported by a number of Partner Organizations representing American, European and international organizations of artists and the creative sector:
• ICMP, International Confederation of Music Publishers
• IMC, International Music Council
• CEPIC, the Center of the Picture Industry
• ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers
• ECSA, the European Composers and Songwriters Alliance
• EWC, the European Writers’ Council;
• FEP, the Federation of European Publishers
• IMPALA, Independent Music Companies Association
• SAA, the Society of Audiovisual Authors
• The British Copyright Council
• The French Music Export Bureau
Our media partners are
• Digital Media Wire
• Edition Multimedi@
• Intellectual Property Magazine
• Music Business Registry
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Americas: Laurie Jakobsen / +1 (646) 484 6764 / firstname.lastname@example.org
About CISAC www.cisac.org
CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – aims to increase both the protection and the promotion of creators’ rights worldwide. As the leading worldwide network of authors’ societies, CISAC enables collective management organisations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. To this end, CISAC provides the highest business, legal and IT standards to protect creators’ rights and to support the development of the international network of collective management societies.
Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with worldwide headquarters in France and regional offices in Chile, Hungary, Singapore, and South Africa. The organisation was chaired by British singer and songwriter Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees until his untimely death in May 2012; French visual artist and painter Hervé Di Rosa, who had been serving as Vice President of CISAC since 2010, has been appointed Acting President until a successor to Gibb is announced. Olivier Hinnewinkel was appointed Director General of CISAC in 2011.