Monday, October 2, 2006

Copyright Controls!! Interoperability!! WOOOOO!! Par-tay!!
Actual items on the "programming matrix" for the Future of Music Policy Summit in Montreal this weekend.

Thursday, October 5
11:30am - 12:45pm Losing Music: Preservation and Storage
4:30pm - 5:45pm Meet the Mini-Me-dia
4:30pm - 5:45pm International Touring and Visas

Friday, October 6
10:00am - 11:15am Format Wars: Digital Rights Management and Interoperability
11:30am - 12:45pm Avatars with Guitars: Music for Games
6:00pm - 7:30pm Cocktail Party hosted by Consumer Electronics Association

Saturday, October 7
9:30am - 10:45am In Perfect Harmony: International Copyright Issues
1:30pm - 2:45pm A State of Independents: The Changing Definition of Indie
4:30pm - 5:45pm Policymaking: How to Make an Impact

David Byrne's also doing a lecture, entitled Record Companies: Who Needs Them? It is described thusly:

"Beginning with a breakdown of music distribution into five approaches, David will discuss the options along the continuum: from extremely hands on for the artist, to almost completely hands off. While monetary returns [per unit] often follow and parallel a sliding scale, i.e. the more hands on the artist is, the more they stand to make per unit sold, that doesn't mean the most hands on approach is for everyone.

"During this presentation, David Byrne will explain how 1) the rapid fall of recording costs and 2) the rapid fall of distribution costs have tilted the economics of the music industry in the favor of the artist; what kinds of business models make the most sense for the artist; the ramifications of each business model; and most importantly, what artists should be aiming for in the long run."

Those in attendance will also receive a rockin' rectal exam as a special bonus.

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