How to Create Value in the Digital Economy? Find out at the World Copyright Summit (Brussels, June 7-8, 2011)

By Cisac International Confederation Of Societies Of Authors And Composers, PRNE
Monday, February 28, 2011

PARIS, March 1, 2011 - The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and
Composers (CISAC) announced the third edition of the World Copyright Summit -
7 & 8 June 2011, Brussels. Creators, authors' societies, policy makers, key
digital and entertainment industry players and consumer representatives will
meet to exchange views and debate about the future of intellectual property
and creative content (music, books, movies, pictures) in the digital

    2011 Keynote Speakers include as of today:

    - Robin Gibb, legendary singer and songwriter of the Bee Gees
      and CISAC President
    - Ivo Josipovic, President of Croatia and music composer
    - Herve Di Rosa, French visual artist, CISAC Vice-President and
      ADAGP Vice-President
    - European Commissioners Michel Barnier (Internal Market and
      Services) and Neelie Kroes (Vice President of the European Commission -
      Digital Agenda)
    - Roger Faxon, EMI Group CEO
    - Francis Gurry, Director general of WIPO (World Intellectual
      Property Organization)
    - Arnaud Nourry, Hachette Livre Chairman and CEO

During two days of conferences, more than 100 speakers and 600
participants will engage in constructive dialogue exploring viable business
models for the digital distribution of creative works that would respect the
interests of all stakeholders: creators, users and consumers.

Digital disruption, which is spreading well beyond the music
sector into other creative fields, will be a key topic of the Summit, while
very important pieces of legislation and regulations in the fields of
copyright, collective licensing and the digital economy are currently being
discussed in Brussels and at the global level.

The slogan for the World Copyright Summit, "Creating value in
the digital economy", reflects the three main themes to be addressed during
this two-day conference:

    - Create: The global eco-system for creators and creative
    - Connect: The digital economy and new business models
    - Respect: Authors' rights and the legislative & social

"The voices of creators are seldom heard on copyright issues
in the digital age, their participation is what makes the World Copyright
Summit a unique event," said CISAC President Robin Gibb. "The system of
collective rights management is at a crossroads. The way forward for the
collective rights management and creative industries as a whole will not come
from seizing upon short-term commercial advantage, but from allowing the
development of a system that is sustainable because it is fair to all."

This summit is organised by CISAC and supported by numerous
organisations (partners and advisory committee), which represent every
sectors of the industry: BASCAP; BIEM; CEPIC; ECSA; EVA; EWC; FEP/FEE; FERA;

After Brussels in 2007, and Washington, DC, in 2009, the
Summit 2011 will return to Brussels at the Square Meeting Centre.

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About CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of
Authors and Composers

CISAC aims to increase both the recognition and protection of
creators' rights worldwide. CISAC's main missions are to reinforce the
international network of authors' societies and to reassert authors'
inalienable right to live by their creative work.

With a membership of 229 authors' societies in 121 countries,
CISAC is an international NGO and represents more than 3 million creators and
publishers in all artistic genres. In 2009, the royalties collected by
CISAC's member societies topped EUR7.152 billion.



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