PARIS, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) announced the third edition of the World Copyright Summit - 7 & 8 June 2011, Brussels. Creators, authors' societies, policy makers, key digital and entertainment industry players and consumer representatives will meet to exchange views and debate about the future of intellectual property and creative content (music, books, movies, pictures) in the digital environment.
2011 Keynote Speakers include as of today: - Robin Gibb, legendary singer and songwriter of the Bee Gees and CISAC President - Ivo Josipovic, President of Croatia and music composer - Herve Di Rosa, French visual artist, CISAC Vice-President and ADAGP Vice-President - European Commissioners Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services) and Neelie Kroes (Vice President of the European Commission - Digital Agenda) - Roger Faxon, EMI Group CEO - Francis Gurry, Director general of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) - Arnaud Nourry, Hachette Livre Chairman and CEO
During two days of conferences, more than 100 speakers and 600 participants will engage in constructive dialogue exploring viable business models for the digital distribution of creative works that would respect the interests of all stakeholders: creators, users and consumers.
Digital disruption, which is spreading well beyond the music sector into other creative fields, will be a key topic of the Summit, while very important pieces of legislation and regulations in the fields of copyright, collective licensing and the digital economy are currently being discussed in Brussels and at the global level.
The slogan for the World Copyright Summit, "Creating value in the digital economy", reflects the three main themes to be addressed during this two-day conference:
- Create: The global eco-system for creators and creative industries - Connect: The digital economy and new business models - Respect: Authors' rights and the legislative & social environment
"The voices of creators are seldom heard on copyright issues in the digital age, their participation is what makes the World Copyright Summit a unique event," said CISAC President Robin Gibb. "The system of collective rights management is at a crossroads. The way forward for the collective rights management and creative industries as a whole will not come from seizing upon short-term commercial advantage, but from allowing the development of a system that is sustainable because it is fair to all."
This summit is organised by CISAC and supported by numerous organisations (partners and advisory committee), which represent every sectors of the industry: BASCAP; BIEM; CEPIC; ECSA; EVA; EWC; FEP/FEE; FERA; GESAC; ICMP; IFPI; IFRRO; SAA; SAC.
After Brussels in 2007, and Washington, DC, in 2009, the Summit 2011 will return to Brussels at the Square Meeting Centre.
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About CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers
CISAC aims to increase both the recognition and protection of creators' rights worldwide. CISAC's main missions are to reinforce the international network of authors' societies and to reassert authors' inalienable right to live by their creative work.
With a membership of 229 authors' societies in 121 countries, CISAC is an international NGO and represents more than 3 million creators and publishers in all artistic genres. In 2009, the royalties collected by CISAC's member societies topped EUR7.152 billion.
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