Sunday, September 9, 2007

FMC Policy Summit: Only 5 days until registration closes

It's T-minus seven to this year's FMC Policy Summit, and it's shaping up to be one of the best yet. Register today to guarantee your seat, because we're very close to capacity in the theatre, and online registration will close at midnight, Friday, Sept 14.

Click here to register

FMC welcomes Senator Bryon Dorgan and Senator Ron Wyden as keynote speakers

On Monday, FMC's Jenny Toomey will welcome attendees to the Policy Summit, backed by New Orleans musician Al "Carnival Time" Johnson.

Marybeth Peters, Register, US Copyright Office, will participate in a special conversation with USPTO's Ann Chaitovitz about her 40 years at the Office, and the impact of new technologies on the copyright system.

Attorney Rosemary Carroll, Nonesuch's David Bither, musician Bob Mould and Mac McCaughan, musician and co-owner of the independent label Merge Records – home of Arcade Fire, Spoon, M. Ward and others – will be joined by top names from law and technology to debate the state of the music industry.

Top representatives from some of today's most innovative music services – Pandora, Rumblefish, Eventful, and Echomusic – will discuss the technologies that are empowering musicians and bringing artists and fans closer together.

International experts, including CISAC's Director Eric Baptiste, Sarah Faulder from MCPS-PRS, RealNetwork’s Tim Quirk, DiMA's Jon Potter and CMRRA's David Basskin will tackle global licensing issues.

A star-studded list of panelists will debate about how broadband policy impacts musicians: Ben Scott from Free Press, Peter Gordon from Thirsty Ear Records, Jason Oxman from CEA, Scott Cleland from and Tim Wu from Columbia Law School.

Pho founder Jim Griffin will moderate a panel about how ubiquitous wireless access may impact the music and broadcast industries. The panel includes Ralph Simon from the Mobile Entertainment Forum, attorney Whitney Broussard, Microsoft's Skip Pizzi, and others.

FMC is also exited to present a three-part track on how musicians can better use technologies, with special sessions on social networking and blogging, podcasting, and DIY licensing.

We're also thrilled to be working with Smithsonian Global Sound on an 4-part track on access to culture on Tuesday afternoon, jam-packed with some of the most interesting names in the field including Smithsonian Global Sound, American Folklife Center, Metabrainz, IODA and National Geographic. The session will start with a presentation by Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Global Sound, followed by a talk by Peter Alyea from the Library of Congress' music preservation division, a panel on orphan works, and a panel on how technology is improving access to culture.

And that's not all. The Summit also includes panels about performance royalties, the state of retail, the new viability of niche musical genres, the sample license clearance process, major label contracts in the digital age, and a policymakers' roundtable that includes some of Capitol Hill's top media/copyright policy staffers.

Check out the program details here

Registration is only open until Friday, unless we sell out before that.: $199 or $139 for students

We hope to see you there!

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