A conference on freedom of speech, technology and author's rights
The Creators Conference 2013 created new and unique synergies for music composers and European policy makers. Creators, music business representatives and EU politicians debated new technologies, collective rights management, the digital single market and authors' rights.
19th 20th February 2013
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Opening with Doris Pack, Chair of the Cultural Committee of the European Parliament
Is there a link between authors’ rights, especially the moral rights, and freedom of speech? What can Europe do in order to serve as a pole of attraction for creation and freedom of art?
Video message: UN Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Ms. Farida Shaheed.
With: Yekaterina Samutsevich (Pussy Riot)*; Anna-Maria Darmanin (Vice-President EESC) and Ole Reitov (Freemuse)
Moderated by Alfons Karabuda
*Due to travel restrictions, Ms Samutsevich will participate via videoconferencing
Authors’ rights vs. contractual freedom. How to balance business interests whilst respecting the rights of freelance creators? Would it help to use the German example and adopt a European-wide contract law for freelance creators?
With: Chris Smith (Composer); Helga Trüpel (Member of the European Parliament); EddieSchwartz (Songwriters Association of Canada, MCNA); Jean Bergevin (European Commission)
Keynote speech from Kerstin Jorna, Director of Intellectual Property Directorate of the European Commission: “What will the future of copyright look like?”
Interview session with Kerstin Jorna and Andy Baum (Composer, Spokesman of “Kunst hat Recht” – Art has a Right)
Moderated by John Groves
Video Message: Ivo Josipović, President of Croatia, ECSA founding member and Composer
Collective Rights Management had been criticized for not embracing the digital shift and of mismanagement. The EC responded with proposing a directive to create a fair and level playing field for all: authors, publishers & users. Will the directive change things for the better? Does it ensure that authors have a say on how their rights are managed and distributed?
With: Marielle Gallo (European Parliament); Françoise Castex (European Parliament); Jana Andreevska (Composer); Wally Badarou (composer) and Gerrit Schumann (Simfy)
Creativity & innovation are key factors for success. What is their role in music creation & music services? How does technology change and why is IPR and authors’ rights important in all of that?
Keynote: Jacek Utko (graphic designer, Poland)
With: Simon Darlow (Songwriter); William Page (Spotify); Tommi Tuomainen (Elements Music) and Jacek Utko (Graphic designer)
Moderated by Åsa Carild
With: Rick Carnes (Songwriters’ Guild of America); Antun Reixa (Composer, new president of Sgae) and Jörg Evers (ECSA delegate for the GRD Working Group)
With: Olga Smetanova (IAMIC; ISCM); Thomas Demidoff (New Music New Audiences) and Kostas Moschos (Mistrel Project)
Moderated by Patrick Ager