@fournights goes to Washington: Chris Castle to speak at World Creators Summit

5 May

Austin music lawyer Chris Castle will be speaking at the World Creators Summit, an annual conference on artist rights in Washington DC at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center on June 4 and 5, 2013.  Chris’s panel “Reconnecting with the Digital Narrative” on June 5 is moderated by Dominic McGonigal Chairman, C8 Associates (UK), and fellow panelists are Robert Levine – Journalist & Author of ‘Free Ride’,  Catharine Saxberg – Chief Executive, Canadian Music Publishers Association, Eddie Schwartz – Co-Chair, Music Creators North America, Songwriters Association of Canada, and Sean M. O’Connor – Visiting Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School.

The fourth biennial World Creators Summit, featuring keynotes from: Maria Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights; John Morton, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Scott Turow, a global best-selling author, and President of The Authors’ Guild; Hervé Di Rosa, a visual artist and Acting President of CISAC; Paul Williams, Award-winning songwriter & actor and President of ASCAP; and Jean-Michel Jarre, a world renowned composer and electronic music producer.

In her keynote address, Pallante will explain the main points of her recently announced copyright overhaul plan; its likely implications for creators and creative businesses; and the long-term goals shaping her policies.

Morton will address anti-piracy policies in his keynote, including the specific strategies put in place by the U.S. administration to identify, track and take down organizations and individuals involved in the trading of illegal content.

Di Rosa’s keynote highlights the role of creators in the digital era and examine what must be done to ensure that they will continue to have the freedom to create and make a living from their art.

The focus of Chris’s panel and the theme of the conference is to discuss why creators need to stand up for their rights, unite, and promote a cause that they believe is just to promote respect for their works, achieve fair remuneration, and secure a guarantee for young creators of a future free of constraint and submission where they will have the freedom to pursue their art.

Here is an excerpt from Chris’s interview for the Summit:

1 – Do you think that the importance of authors’ rights is well understood in the current climate?

The rights of authors and artists are poorly understood by the average person in the best of circumstances. In my view we are at a tipping point when the sustained effort to undermine the value of authors rights in the public dialogue may be difficult to come back from. As it is, we are witnessing one of the great transfers of value of all time from authors to large multinational corporations seeking to commoditize culture through technology.

2 – What is the message that creative industries should pass on to the wider public, and how?

The commoditization of culture and the collectivization of intellectual property rights by large technology companies will not stop with IP. It will continue on to commoditize personal rights of privacy as well and we are already seeing that happen with Wi-Spy, Facebook and other instances where privacy rights are, like authors rights, commoditized to benefit multinationals. These companies are also gaining vast political power and studies have shown that search engines have the ability to manipulate elections without the knowledge of the voters.

3 – Are there learning from the past decade that the music industry could share with other creative industries?

Be more supportive of sincere efforts to apply technology to consumer applications.

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