WORKSHOP The role of collecting societies in the digital era
Florence 1st December 2005 Time 11.00-13.00
The current situation
In the digital era, the ubiquity and worldwide scope of distribution networks, the increasing production of multi-media content, the ease and speed of technologically assisted reproduction, and the overall stakes involved have increased both the complexity of and the necessity for effective rights management. The task of licensing and monitoring all types of rights has become more complex as the variety of legitimate uses has multiplied and the amount and value of rights are increasing. In this context, the collecting societies are playing a key role in preserving the key principles of intellectual property, in providing the lawful access to a wide range of copyrighted content and in the management and clearance of digital rights. To this end collecting societies are changing the traditional models of collective management and licensing of rights by developing new systems and exploiting new technologies enabling integrated management of the rights and improving the collection, distribution and monitoring processes implied in their activities.The debate
This workshop aims to present the current collecting societies’ projects and strategies towards digital rights management systems and to explore the impact of new digital deliveries on collective licensing. Thanks to the presence of high-profile experts representing collecting societies of different categories of right holders the workshop will allow addressing the topics of collective management’s issues, policies and aspects from several perspectives. Particular attention will be given to the new services and technological tools developed by collecting societies and to the main legal and practical issues related to the licensing of rights in the domain of cross media content.Detailed Programme
Isabella Longo AFI - International coordinator of AFI She is responsible of AFI European and International activities being already involved as project manager in several European projects. Gaining valuable experience in the intellectual property field, including licensing and copyrights issues in the European countries, she is active in supporting all policies and strategies at national and international level aiming at fostering the development of new business models suitable to the independent music sector. Since its foundation in 2003, she has been designated general coordinator of EMCA (European Music Copyright Alliance) alliance of major European collecting societies and organizations founded with the primary goal of promoting at European level common copyright awareness campaigns and educational initiatives on the respect of creativity.
AFI Italian Association of Phonographic Producers: partner of the AXMEDIS Consortium. Founded in 1933, A.F.I. is a non-profit association acting as a collecting society on behalf of SME producers of sound and video music media (records, music tapes, compact discs, video clips and any other medium suitable for the recording of sound and/or images). AFI.’s activities aims to the protection of Italian music industry both at regulatory levels, supporting relationship with the political authorities and at economical level negotiating agreements for the rights management of the masters owners . A.F.I. membership grew to more than 150 companies, representing all the branches of the Italian music industry. AFI is member of Confindustria, the Italian Industrial Confederation and has the right to draw up agreements in Italy and abroad for the exploitation of the musical products recorded on audio and/or video devices in connection with the public performances, the TV and radio broadcasting, including the new interactive multimedia channels .A.F.I. collects and distributes to its members the incomes related to the above agreements, including the revenues coming from downloaded music upon commission by its members and collects and distributes incomes ensuing from neighbouring rights and private copying rights
Marc Gauvin SdAE. Marc Gauvin has over fifteen years experience (Project Management and Director of Operations) in international projects involving biotechnology and IT. He possesses a B.Sc. (Integrated Science Studies) from Carleton University (Ottawa Canada) and four years of advanced guitar studies He has worked in IT in several capacities from LAN Administration, programming analyst and Systems Integration to Sales and Marketing. Over the last four years, he has represented sDae and SGAE in many technical forums including, MPEG, GESAC technical committee on DRM and FastTrack Executive Committee among others. He provides strategic business decision support, contributing to and reporting on DRM development and provides crucial input to the development and re-engineering projects within SGAE undertaken by sDae and Microgenesis. Presently, Marc is active in the DMP on behalf of sDae (a founding member) and also in MPEG 21 where he has made contributions related to representing the underlying work of Authors’ as a distinct independent digital asset a necessary step required for dealing with the prolific decentralized creation and distribution of digital content.
SDAE Sociedad Digital de Autores y Editores, S.L. (sDae), Spain
Maila Sansaini IMAIE. General Manager of I.M.A.I.E. (Italian Performers and Artists Rights Organization), from 1994 to 2001 she was responsible of the Data Processing Department and the collection and distribution of performing artists’ rights for the music and audiovisual sectors of IMAIE . Member of the IPDA (International Performers Database Assembly) Technical Committee; member of SCAPR (Societies Collecting Assembly Performers Rights) the international organization of cooperation among collecting societies; member of the International Technical Committee of ARTIS GEIE (International Group of Performers Rights Organizations) and Technical Director of the SIREX international project aiming at creating and developing a database and software for the application of bilateral agreements between countries adhering to the Rome Convention.
IMAIE Italian Performing Artists’ Rights Organization.
Dominic McGonigal, PPL
PPL & VPL
Antonio Brunetti SIAE
SIAE (Società Italiana Autori ed Editori) is the Italian Authors and Publishers collecting society representing composers, authors, publishers and others owners of any kind of copyright (music, theatre, movie, book, figurative art …) for the purpose of the protection of their works. SIAE mission consists in the management of its members’ copyrights and, accordingly, SIAE issues licenses and authorizations to use copyrighted works, receives the related payments and distributes the income to the right owners. SIAE was created in 1882. Giuseppe Verdi was one of its founders. Currently more than 60.000 authors and composers are registered and more than 5.000.000 of music works are protected. It’s one of the FastTrack founding Members.
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