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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
May 30, 2006
(202) 289-8928
Webcast Interest Added to Music Licensing Panel
Friday's Congressional Seminar to Examine Issues Surrounding PERFORM Act

WASHINGTON D.C. - The "Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music (PERFORM) Act of 2006," is an attempt by legislators to address existing and future music license disputes that have arisen in response to innovation in media platforms. Will the legislation adequately address the issues surrounding traditional music licensing models? Should disputes be left to the private sector? This Friday, PFF is hosting a Congressional Seminar, "The Role of Music Licensing in a Digital Age," to address these and related issues. A panel, featuring music industry and copyright experts, will share their views on the future of music licensing arrangements. Lee Knife of the Digital Media Association (DiMA), has been added to the speaker roster to represent the interests of webcasters.

The speaker panel, moderated by Patrick Ross, PFF Senior Fellow and VP-Communications & External Affairs, will feature opinions from major players in the licensing debate. Michael Petricone, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will discuss the impact of licensing disputes on the consumer electronics industry. Senior Vice President of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Mitch Glazier, will express the concerns of the content industry. Two music industry veterans will also join the panel to explain the unique views of content creators. Intellectual property attorney Christian Castle, an early participant in the digital media industry, has extensive experience in negotiating related licensing agreements. Knife is General Counsel for DiMA, an organization that urges changes to the current music licensing structure to address new technologies and platforms, as opposed to applying the existing mechanical and performance royalty structure. Knife has worked as an attorney in the music industry, including for three major recording companies, for over a decade.

"The Role of Music Licensing in a Digital Age" will be held in room B-354 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Lunch will be served. Those interested in attending can register here. Questions concerning the event should be directed to Marie Ryan at or 202-289-8928. Media enquiries should be directed to Amy Smorodin 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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