A lot of people with a lot of questions about how the new digital age and copyright can co-exist.
Main speakers so far:
Ben Verwaayen, BT Chief Executive – Change is coming for the Rights bodies. Embrace it and develop new business models. The challenge isn’t technological but creative. (Update 28/3/08 – video - official video from CISAC)
Charles Aznavour, Singer, Songwriter and Actor - Creators must get paid. Multinational media conglomorates are looking to disrupt and dismantle the Rights bodies to break the creators bargaining power. (Update 28/3/08 - official video from CISAC)
There was also two panel discussions.
The first – I’ve Seen The Future – had:
Susannah Cope, Senior Legal Counsel, MTV Networks International (UK)
Sylvie Forbin, Vice President, Public & European Affairs, Vivendi (France)
Steve Gordon, Lawyer and Author of “The Future of The Music Business” (USA)
André LeBel, CEO, SOCAN (Canada)
Pascal Rogard, Director General, SACD (France)
Mark Selby, Vice President Sales & Multimedia, Nokia (UK)
Lisbeth Kirk, Editor, EUobserver.com (Belgium) – Moderator
There was very little about what the future will be and a lot of what the past was. The only bright moment was Mark Selby catagorically spelling out that DRM was not the solution. (Update 28/3/08 – video - official video from CISAC)
The second – A new world for creativity? – had:
Glen Ballard, Producer/Songwriter and Arranger (USA)
Billy Bragg, Singer/Songwriter (UK)
José María Cano, Singer/Songwriter (Spain)
Mercedes Echerer, Actress, Former MEP and Director of EU XXL Film (Austria)
Agnes Jaoui, Screenwriter, Film Director Actress and Singer (France)
Vittorio Storaro, Director of Photography (Italy)
Keith Harris, Director of Performer Affairs, PPL (UK) – Moderator
The general feeling was that creators livelihoods were being threatened by this digital age but that the tools being made available to artists were also liberating. Billy Bragg was unique in his open embrace of the opportunities and possibilities being afforded him as an artist to directly connect with his audience and was enthusing on the boom in live music, which he put down to people sharing music and wanting to see the artist live. (Update 28/3/08 - official video from CISAC)
So far, a lot of people with a lot of questions and a desire to get the Telecos, Multimedia companies, the public, the government, etc. to help them. It also seems people want a technological/legislative silver bullet to make the genie go back in the bottle.