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April 4, 2002
CONTACT: David Fish
(202) 289-8928

Rogan to Headline Digital Content Conference
April 18 Event Will Feature Online Music & Intellectual Property Panels

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property James Rogan will deliver the keynote speech at an April 18 conference, “Digital On-Line Content: Creating a Market That Works.” Co-sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation and George Mason University’s National Center for Technology and the Law, the conference will also feature two panel discussions. The event will be held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Following opening remarks by Foundation President Jeffrey A. Eisenach and Rogan’s keynote at 9:00 a.m., the conference will feature two panel discussions. The first panel, “The Emerging Market for Online Music,” begins at 9:45 a.m. It will feature top music industry leaders from MusicNet, pressplay, EMI and other firms who will outline the state of the marketplace, including the status of efforts to license music for on-line distribution. The second panel, “The Digital Challenge to Intellectual Property Rights,” begins at 11:00 a.m. It will feature noted academics and policy experts who will examine piracy, the Napster case, digital-rights management and the ‘fair use’ doctrine.

“The market for rich digital on-line content – music and video – represents the crucial ‘demand side’ of a next-generation, broadband-enabled Internet, the key to renewed IT sector growth,” Eisenach said in announcing the event. “The conference will focus on where the marketplace is today and what policymakers can do – or not do – to facilitate its continued growth.”

The event is open to the public. Those wishing to attend should contact Eileen Goulding at 202-289-8928 or Members of the media should contact David Fish at 202-289-8928 or

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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