Terry College at University of Georgia continues to break ground with its Music Business program. Today they announced an Artists’ Rights Symposium that looks to be free of product pitches, blockchain promoters, AI cultists, dull venture capitalists, tedious Ted Talks hedgehogs, and the other shifty carnies of post-digital music eventspace. And someone must have forgot to consult the music conference handbook cause actual artists will be in attendance!
The Symposium subtitle “Who You Gonna Call” appears to be riffing on the most unusual aspect of the conference: attempting to pair artists with folks that have badges, subpoena power or access to other levers of state and federal power. Should be fun.
Mark your calendars Jan 22-23. Terry College of Business University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602. Reception Jan 22 at The 40 Watt Club. Open to public but seats limited. Contact the Music Business Certificate Program for more information. 706-542-7668.
ARTISTS RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM
WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
An examination of resources available to music creators beyond copyright infringement lawsuits
The rapid change in the digital music industry has left music creators and music industry rights holders confused, unaware of the extent of their intellectual property rights, and often unable to enforce those rights. Traditionally music creators and rights holders have resorted to federal copyright infringement lawsuits to rectify these problems. Unfortunately these lawsuits are expensive, time consuming and inefficient. The purpose of this symposium is to examine other tools that are available to enforce music creators’ rights beyond federal copyright infringement lawsuits.
Some of the subjects that could be covered are strategies that rely on voluntary agreements; best practices; federal, state and local legislation; moral rights; human rights; international intellectual property agreements; trade treaties; antitrust enforcement; corporate responsibility campaigns; activism; consumer education; internet governance; and conspiracy statutes.
The organizers hope to bring together academics and practitioners with a wide variety of backgrounds including (but not limited to) copyright and entertainment law, technology, public policy, economics, law enforcement, journalism, activism and international relations.
Jonathan Taplin, author, manager, film producer and Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at University of Southern California has agreed to keynote the discussion and help moderate panels. Sandra Aistars directs the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia School of Law and has also agreed participate as well. Other confirmed guests include: artist advocates such as Blake Morgan (#IRespectMusic), Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis (Songwriters of North America) and legendary music producer T-Bone Burnet; state and federal legislators and staff; representatives from law enforcement; international relations and public policy experts; and various prominent academics.
The Symposium will take place over two days Jan 22-23, 2018. Jan 22th will be an evening reception 7-9pm at The 40 Watt Club, January 23 will consist of 4 discussion sessions beginning at 9:30 AM. The symposium panels will take place at 200 Moore-Rooker Hall, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602.