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The Role of Music Licensing in a Digital Age

June 2, 2006, 12 - 2 p.m.
Room B-354, Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

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  • Patrick Ross (moderator), Senior Fellow and Vice President of Communications & External Affairs, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
  • Michael Petricone, Vice President of Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • Mitch Glazier, Senior Vice President, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
  • Christian Castle, Intellectual Property Attorney, former Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel, SNOCAP
  • Lee Knife, General Counsel, Digital Media Association (DiMA)

The quick pace of technological innovation coupled with the widespread popularity of digital content has put the spotlight on current music licensing schemes and rate-setting.  Are these classifications keeping up with technology?  How can the needs of the artist, distributor and end user be balanced in a world of digital content? How do existing compulsory licenses apply to new digital services and devices? These questions are omnipresent in House and Senate legislation known as the PERFORM Act, and are at the heart of a current law suit involving RIAA and XM Satellite Radio. The Progress & Freedom Foundation will addressed these timely topics in a June 2nd Congressional Seminar, "The Role of Music Licensing in a Digital Age."

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