Thursday, January 7, 2010 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Summary of Tech Policy Summit Panel 3 at CES: The Future of Copyright

As I mentioned, I'm out in Vegas attending the Tech Policy Summit at CES today and tomorrow and trying to blog about some of what's going on. Here's my summary of panel#1 on broadband policy and panel #2 on spectrum policy. The third panel was on the future of copyright and content creation. The session was moderated by Declan McCullagh, Sr. Correspondent, and Contributor, CNET News. The panelists included:

I have briefly summarized some of what each speaker said down below:

Jim Griffin
- Nobody in music industry has given up on any business model
- Advertising often ill-suited to a digital world
- Music is inherently anarchistic; we need to find a way to monetize it instead of stop it
- Bono's "unfortunate" approach wouldn't help get people paid
- But we do need to find ways to get artists fairly compensated
- This is all about making it faster and easier to pay
- Price of music is subjective; hard to determine
- Chorus model goal is to create flat-fee for unlimited use of music
- Will have to let the collection agencies figure out the payout formula

Fred von Lohman
- Does subscription model work for digital model?
- $5 Per-month, on-demand model (Mog or Spotify?)
- Chorus model of trying to monetize P2P is where we need to go; collective licensing is the future
- A surveillance system for copyright wouldn't work well for piracy and would be used by others for other things (indecency, gambling, etc)
- Recording industry has given up on lawsuit strategy

Gigi Sohn
- Blasted U2 Bono's call for centralized filtering / DPI
- Calls it "legalized wiretapping"
- Worried about FCC getting involved in copyright fights; thinks Net neutrality proceeding could open door to allowing copyright enforcement with help of ISPs

Hank Shocklee
- Compensation on many different levels & new ways (touring is up)
- Price of music today is too high
- In future, no more rich artists; lots of little niche artists all making less
- Crumbling of record labels is "a great thing"

Michael Roberston
- Most new business models won't work; some just recycle old models that failed
- Cost of music licenses from record labels are too expensive

Dave Allen
- Disconnect between old models and new technological realities; old "containers" for music no longer hold it in or help monetize itNeed totally new model for music and labels
- Artists are going to have to let go of the old models and dream

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:27 PM | Copyright