World Creators Summit 2013
Monday 3 June 2013: Opening cocktail party from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June 2013: Conferences from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004 (USA)

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*NMPA members benefit from the CISAC discount fee.

The World Creators Summit (formerly known as World Copyright Summit), presented by CISAC, is the leading international and cross-industry forum addressing the future of the creative community, copyright-based industries and the entertainment sector in the digital economy. The event’s slogan “Create – Connect – Respect” encapsulates our vision of a fair and sustainable environment for the creative sector.

Now in its fourth edition, this biennial event brings together the world’s most prominent creative artists, government officials, and industry leaders to exchange views on the value and future of creative works and copyright, the role of creators, and the collective management of authors’ rights, as well as to offer solutions for a sustainable creative industry. The change to the event’s name makes clear the emphasis on creators, whose works are the foundation of the world’s creative industries.

The purpose of the Summit is to establish a constructive dialogue, exchange ideas, debate diverse viewpoints and discuss the remedies linked to intellectual property and creative content online with all the stakeholders in the new digital economy, from creators, rights organizations and guilds, to content service providers, broadcasters, telecommunications operators, hardware manufacturers, legal experts and policy-makers.

This fourth World Creators Summit will return to Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, on June 4 and 5, 2013 (with an opening cocktail party on June 3 evening). The event was previously held here in 2009; the inaugural 2007 Summit and the 2011 edition were held in Brussels, the political capital of Europe.

A Two-Day Conference to discuss creators’ rights and creative industries in the digital ecosystem

High-profile creators from all disciplines, industry leaders and top policy-makers from around the world will take the stage at this thought-provoking and global business-oriented forum.

The agenda of the Summit revolves around nine key questions:

-What will be the future of creative industries in the digital age?
-What are the consequences of the digital environment for creators?
-What are the new business models for the creative industries?
-Innovation & copyright – can the two co-exist?
-Is the collective management of rights fit for the 21st Century?
-What is the role of data, identifiers and tracking technologies in the new digital economy?
-What are the key issues dominating the Copyright Agenda in the US and in Europe?
-Are the BRICS countries growing the copyright “pie”?
-Where do consumers fit in this ecosystem?

Based on these key questions, the conference program includes plenaries and debates such as:
-Is Copyright a Barrier to Economic Growth?
-How Creators Connect with Consumers and Policy-Makers?
-Trends for Collective Management in the 21st Century
-Disruption and Innovation: The Future of Copyright in the Digital Age
-What public policies for the creative sector?

And breakout workshops on specific topics including:
-Business Models to Access TV/Films Online
-The Business of eBooks
-Can Photographers Get Fair Deals?
-The Economic and Cultural Potential of the BRICS
-Updates on Anti-Piracy Legislation Around the World
-Compulsory v. Direct Licensing
-Navigating Through Licensing Hub
-A Guide to GRD

Attendees can also expect keynotes from leading experts and artists addressing these questions from different perspectives, as well as the presentation of several specially-commission studies for the World Creators Summit.

The detailed conference program and list of speakers is available on the Summit website:

-Featuring over 100 prominent speakers addressing global issues

In addition to keynote speakers, more than 100 panelists will share their vision and exchange views during the 2013 Summit. Check the Summit website for list of all the confirmed speakers.

Since 2007, over 400 speakers representing creators, authors’ societies from all over the world policy-makers as well as leaders of the creative and IT sectors appeared at the Summit. Including:

Creators: Music legends Robin Gibb, Charles Aznavour, Javed Akhtar, Lamont Dozier and Jean-Michel Jarre; Painters Frank Stella and Hervé DiRosa; Filmmakers/screenwriters Milos Forman, Alfonso Cuarón, Agnes Jaoui, Vitorio Storaro, and Fernando Trueba; Singers/songwriters Glen Ballard, Billy Bragg Alex Callier, José Maria Cano, Bendik Hofseth, Henk Hofstede, Lizha James, Armando Manzanero and Paul Williams; Writers Victor Hugo Rascon Banda and Dinaw Mengestu.

Policy-makers and government representatives: US Senators Orrin Hatch and Patrick Leahy; US Congressmen Robert Wexler and John Conyers Jr.; US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel; European Commission VP & Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes; European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier; European Commissioner for Culture Jan Figel; Composer & President of Croatia Ivo Josipoviæ; MEPs Jans-Peter Bonde and Manuel Medina Ortega; French Minister of Culture and Communication Christine Albanel; South Korean Assemblyman Dr. Yong-Kyung Lee.

Industry and international organizations representatives: Google President for Europe, Africa and the Middle East Nikesh Arora; Google Senior VP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond; EMI Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Roger Faxon; WIPO Director General Francis Gurry; US Law Professor Michael Heller and author of “The Gridlock Economy”; World Bank Senior VP General Counsel Anne-Marie Leroy; Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig; Author of “Free Ride” Robert Levine; Hachette Livre Chairman & CEO Arnaud Nourry; peermusic Chairman & CEO Ralph Peer; US Register of Copyright Marybeth Peters; RTBF Administrator General & EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot; Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO David Renzer; Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro;. Bertelsmann Co-Chairman Richard Sarnoff; British Telecom’s former Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen.

All of the previous World Creators Summit event material is available online (videos, photos, speeches and press releases) on the CISAC and Summit websites.

Who will be there?

The World Creators Summit 2011 attracted in Brussels over 750 delegates (up 25% from the 2009 edition in Washington, DC) representing 335 companies from 57 different countries.

An even larger audience is expected in Washington, DC in 2013 with delegates from all around the world, especially from North & Latin America, Europe and Asia. Over 250 participants have already registered as of February 2013.

Expected audience:
• Creators and artists: authors, composers, film directors, screenwriters, photographers, visual artists, painters, writers...
• Authors’ societies worldwide (121 countries represented by CISAC)
• Creative industries: music, audiovisual, book publishing, visual arts…
• Delivery and access industry: broadcasters, content service providers, telecom operators, cable and satellite operators, media platforms, ISPs…
• IT and consumer electronics industry: technology providers, consumer electronics, video game producers, software developers…
• Policy and legal decision-makers in North & South America and Europe.
• Intellectual Property and copyright lawyers
• Trade press and globally influential media

Why should you attend?

• Hear unconventional views from some of the world’s most inspiring creators
• Receive valuable insights through two days of top-level and thought-provoking conferences and a wide range of stimulating speakers: policy-makers, industry leaders and experts
• Access the world’s top content licensing organizations at the highest level
• Network with the “who’s who” of the creative business
• Connect with the key players of the digital content sector

Who are the organizers of the World Creators Summit?

The World Creators Summit is organized by CISAC, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, with the marketing and logistic support of Premier Cercle.

CISAC is the leading worldwide network of collective management organizations and a unique international NGO uniting 231 authors’ societies and guilds in 121 countries, thus representing over 3 million creators and publishers from all creative genres (music, film, visual arts and literary). In 2011, CISAC members collected $10.3 billion (€7.6 billion) in royalties worldwide.
CISAC was chaired by British singer and songwriter Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees until his untimely death in May 2012; French visual artist and painter Hervé Di Rosa, who had been serving as Vice President of CISAC, has been appointed Acting President until a successor to Gibb is announced.

The Summit is organized in close collaboration and with the support of the ten CISAC member societies in the United States which are part of the 2013 Summit Advisory Committee:
• Audio-visual: DGA, Directors Guild of America; WGA, Writers Guild of America
• Music repertoire: AMRA, American Mechanical Rights Agency; ASCAP, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; BMI, Broadcast Music Inc.; NMPA, National Music Publishers Association; SESAC, performing rights organisation
• Literary: The Author's Registry
• Visual arts: ARS, Artists Rights Society; VAGA, Visual Artists and Galleries Association

The World Creators Summit also has in place a wide sponsoring and partnership scheme with a diversity of international, North American, Latin American and European organizations as well as trade press and main stream media, representing the diversity of the creative sector and endorsing and supporting the event.

.Music LLC (a Far Further Company), Transparency Rights Management and YouTube are lead sponsors of the 2013 World Creators Summit.

Partner organizations supporting and endorsing the Summit include (as of February 2013):
• ICMP, International Confederation of Music Publishers
• IFPI, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
• IMC, International Music Council
• ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers
• Copyright Alliance
• MPAA, Motion Picture Association of America
• NMC, National Music Council of the United States
• RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America
• SAC, Songwriters Association of Canada
• SAG-AFTRA, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
• SGAF, Songwriters Guild of America Foundation
• ALCAM, Alianza Latinoamericana de Compositors y Autores de Música
• ECSA, European Composers and Songwriters Alliance
• MCNA, Music Creators North Amercia
• PACSA, Pan African Composers and Songwriters Alliance
• CEPIC, Center of the Picture Industry
• EWC, European Writers’ Council;
• FEP, Federation of European Publishers
• GESAC, European Grouping of Authors’ Societies
• IMPALA, Independent Music Companies Association
• SAA, Society of Audiovisual Authors
• PLS, Publishers Licensing Society
• British Copyright Council
• French Music Export Bureau

Media partner of the Summit include (as of February 2013):
• Digital Media Wire
• Edition Multimédi@
• Intellectual Property Magazine
• Music Business Registry
• Music Confidential

Practical Information

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004 (USA)

Monday 3 June 2013: Opening cocktail party from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June 2013: Conferences from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Registration and hotel booking on:

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