CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) welcomes more than 30 renowned authors and artists to speak at the fourth biennial World Creators Summit, a lineup that gives the creative community a chance to speak out on a variety of important issues affecting their rights and their lives.
These creators include Jean Michel‐Jarre, an author, composer, performer and electronic music producer; Angélique Kidjo, a songwriter and performer; Javed Akhtar, a scriptwriter, poet and lyricist; and Paul Williams , a composer, songwriter and actor as well as ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board. In his keynote conversation, French electronic music pioneer Jarre will discuss the role of the creator in today’s copyright debates. He will encourage more artists to speak up for their rights and form a unified front to protect their creations, explaining why it is so important for them to promote authors’ rights, respect for their works, fair remuneration, and freedom to create. Kidjo, the Grammy Award–winning artist and activist from the West African nation of the Republic of Benin, will join a panel of fellow creators to examine the digital revolution, often viewed as an emancipating force that has given artists more freedom and enabled them to form new partnerships outside of traditional business structures. She will discuss these opportunities and also point out some of the new challenges technology has introduced. As one of the most successful multi‐platform creators from India, Akhtar will discuss how artists can influence public policies and improve legislation when they engage in the public debate. On a panel with singers and songwriters Ana de Hollanda and Susana Baca, who are both former Ministers of Culture respectively from Brazil and Peru, Akhtar will examine how public policies can support creators and the creative industries with appropriate copyright legislation and access to resources and infrastructure. In addition to being one of America’s most acclaimed songwriters, Williams, in his role leading the U.S. performing rights society ASCAP, has fought tirelessly for the cause of creators, and his keynote speech will continue that tradition. He will discuss the importance of public policies that take creators’ needs into account, protect their works, and provide for fair revenues.
Discussing the U.S. agenda, leading U.S. creators Rick Carnes, a songwriter and performer; Marjorie David, a screenwriter and producer; Vince Misiano , a TV director; and Scott Turow, a writer, will outline their vision of a future IP framework and respond to the initiatives taken by the U.S. Register of Copyright and by Congress to review U.S. copyright laws.
Discussing what the digital revolution means for creators and how they connect with the digital generation will be top artists from different repertoires, including Wally Badarou (composer and producer), Eric Hilton (songwriter and producer of the Thievery Corporation), Ryan McGinness (visual artist), Stacie Passon (film director), and Simon Raymonde (songwriter and producer of Cocteau Twins).
Artists will also appear on more specialized panels, including writer Jason Merkoski and author Penny Grubb on the business of digital books; photographers Michael Grecco, Richard Kelly, and Klaus Thymann on the use of pictures online; author Andrew Keen on the benefits of copyright; songwriter and producer Simon Darlow and composer and conductor Laurent Petitgirard on the governance of authors’ societies; songwriter Eddie Schwartz on fair music principles; composer Niels Mosumgaard on the GRD; songwriter and producer Rupert Hine on copyright supporting innovation; documentary film maker Trisha Ziff on piracy; and author Chris Ruen on the digital future of the creative sector. Visual artist and Acting President of CISAC Hervé Di Rosa and composer Lorenzo Ferrero will kick off the Summit. Songwriter and musician Helienne Lindvall , journalist and author Robert Levine, composer and conductor Alejandro Guarello, screenwriter Yves Nilly, and rapporteur Werner Stauffacher will wrap the Summit with two back‐to‐back reflection panels. Visual writer Kim Ravers will illustrate some of these discussions live.
“It’s great to see more and more artists getting involved in the debate over their rights and how their works are used online, as they are the ones who will be directly affected,” said Di Rosa. “Too often, the artist perspective is minimized or lost entirely in today’s discussions on copyright. It is up to the creative community to band together and ask for respect and fair remuneration for the use of their works. One of our goals for the World Creators Summit is to provide a place for them to do so.”
“It’s only fitting that a conference organized by CISAC and dedicated to creators’ rights would invite those artists to speak,” said Kenth Muldin, CEO of STIM and Chairman of the CISAC Board of Directors. “The addition of so many great artistic minds to the World Creators Summit speaking roster allows us to offer a truly balanced look at the major issues currently facing the creative sector.”
“We’re thrilled to pair artists with top policymakers and industry executives from around the world to facilitate a true discussion that improves the understanding of the eco‐system of the creative sector and creates real opportunities for progress,” said Olivier Hinnewinkel, Director General of CISAC. “CISAC works to ensure that the 3 million creators and rights holders that we represent obtain a fair income from the use of their creative work, and to develop licensing models that meet the market’s needs.” organized by CISAC, the World Creators Summit is the leading international and cross‐industry forum, addressing the future of copyright, the creative community, and the entertainment business in the digital economy.
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