A couple of press releases recently caught the Ippers' attention. Two groups are each working to ensure that fans get their digital music and artists get their money, but they're working from different angles.
Getting the Infringers to Fight Infringement
Freshman at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, politely called "first-year students," are developing a new distribution system for the music industry. The project is part of a seminar called "Stealing in Music City." In addition to their own perspective as the ones trying to get the music, the students will have the input of various industry stakeholders and experts, including Alice Randall and this Ipper's own copyright professor, Steven Hetcher. Hopefully the students have some very interesting and viable ideas. The class will present its three solutions in class next week Tuesday. Ip's What's Up will let you know when we hear about any of them. (Full press release.)
Europe Re-Evaluates Collective Management
This week, WIPO is also looking at the affect of the digital age on music distribution. The Conference to Examine Future Development of Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights in Europe meets this week Monday and Tuesday in Brussels. The 400+ participants are listed to include: "collective management organizations, lawyers, academia, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, developers of digital technology and services and creative industries." Where are the users? Looks like the student group at Vanderbilt might be smaller but more comprehensive in its stakeholder input. (Full press release. Conference Info.)
It's great that collecting rights organizations in Europe are engaging in discourse about the changes in the industry and the role they can play in facilitating positive developments. Some other countries could use a few good collecting organization conferences, especially in the developing world. (Africa, the Middle East, India.)