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Published: 6/11/2009

SESAC Takes Part in World Copyright Summit

SESAC hosts Cocktails & Jazz On The Mall

SESAC was front and center when CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) kicked off their World Copyright Summit: New Frontiers for Creators in the Marketplace in the nation's capital. The two-day gathering is the only international forum that brings together creators, rights organizations and guilds, content service providers, broadcasters, telecommunications operators, hardware manufacturers, legal experts and policymakers to debate the future of copyright and the distribution of creative works in the digital era. SESAC's President/COO, Pat Collins, was a  moderator on a panel entitled "Financing Creative Industries - Should Societies Pursue Equity?"  during the Summit and took part in a special concert featuring SESAC affiliate Stefon Harris.

Photos from the Opening Cocktail Reception

David Touve, SESAC's Pat Collins and Will Page of PRS Music

The summit opened with an address by U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch regarding copyright and intellectual property issues, and the potential effects of legislation on right owners. Senator Hatch, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, has a personal connection to the issue as he is also a platinum-level songwriter. The lunch keynote features Congressman Robert Wexler, Chairman of the House Intellectual Property Caucus, Member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Europe Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Summit attendees included over 650 delegates from 20 different countries. The two-day agenda featured over 100 speakers who addressed and debated a myriad of intellectual property and copyright issues.

Keynote industry leaders taking part included: Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group David Renzer; President of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and former chairman of the Association of American Publishers Richard Sarnoff; Law professor and author of “The Gridlock Economy Michael Heller;” and many other industry leaders representing Copyright Alliance, DiMA (Digital Media Association), ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers), NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), Public Knowledge, RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Sony/ATV and YouTube, as well as leading music rights organizations ASCAP, BMI, HFA, PRS for Music and SESAC. The Writers Guild of America, WGA, French audiovisual rights society SACD, and visual arts societies ARS, ADAGP and Viscopy will also be in attendance.
 The 2009 World Copyright Summit is organized by CISAC and supported by SESAC as well as other rights organizations and numerous partner organizations.