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April 18, 2002
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Conference, Paper Focus on Future of Online Music
Adkinson, Eisenach Say Property Rights Crucial to Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Undersecretary of Commerce James Rogan and U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte are the featured speakers at today’s conference co-sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation and George Mason University’s National Center for Technology and the Law, “Digital On-Line Content: Creating a Market That Works.” Joining them are top executives of major online music companies and noted legal and policy experts. The Foundation is also releasing a major new paper on the subject.

Rogan delivers the keynote at 9:00 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., the first panel discussion, “The Emerging Market for Online Music,” features industry executives: Michael Bebel, COO of pressplay, Ted Cohen, VP of New Media at EMI Recorded Music, Jim Long, President & CEO of RioPort, Inc., Mark Mooradian, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at MusicNet and Sean Ryan, CEO of At 11 a.m., the second panel discussion, “The Digital Challenge to Intellectual Property Rights,” includes policy experts: Dr. Harold Furchtgott-Roth, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Michael Remington, adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law; Dr. Michael Einhorn, principal at LECG, LLC, Alan Tramposch, Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at George Mason University School of Law and Deborah Rose, Counsel, House Judiciary Committee. Goodlatte delivers the luncheon address at 12:15 p.m.

In the newly-released paper, “The Debate Over Online Content: Understanding the Issues,” PFF President Jeffrey A. Eisenach and Senior Policy Counsel William F. Adkinson, Jr. say that “The development of an efficient market depends crucially on the existence of clear, enforceable property rights.” They concluding that “the current framework of copyright laws is falling short of this goal,” and that “the lack of a robust framework of property rights disrupts and distorts the marketplace and thus prevents all participants, including consumers, creators, producers and distributors, from enjoying the full benefits of these new technologies.”

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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