Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Content Conference

Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Content Conference

March 31, 2001

In response to one of the biggest issues facing Hollywood and the entire arts and entertainment industry, leaders from entertainment, government and the legal profession convened at USC Annenberg for a summit to consider the issues and solutions to the conflicts between creators and distributors of artistic content. The conference was sponsored by The Norman Lear Center, The Artists Rights Foundation, USC School of Law, USC Center for Communications Law and Policy, and USC School of Fine Arts, with a generous gift from Alan Sieroty.

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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Panel Participants:

Marilyn Bergman, American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP) President & Chairman
Erwin Chemerinsky, USC Law School
Edward Damich, US Federal Claims Court Judge
Jared Jussim, Sony Pictures Entertainment Executive VP
I. Fred Koenigsberg, Counsel to ASCAP
Paul Mazursky, Film Director
Nicholas Meyer, Film Director & Screenwriter
John Perry Barlow
, Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder  
Marybeth Peters, US Copyright Office Register
John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff
Elliot Silverstein, Artists Rights Foundation President
Reverend Madison Shockley
Gigi Sohn, Adjunct Professor of Law, Yeshiva University
Harold Vogel, Adjunct Professor of Media Economics, Columbia University

Panel 1: Opening remarks from Martin Kaplan and David Bollier and a panel discussion of Professor F. J. Dougherty’s case study, "A Vietnam Diary — Authorship, Collaboration, Persona Rights, Moral Rights, Conflicts Among Authors." Watch the Real Video.

Panel 2: Remarks from Professor Erwin Chemerinsky and a panel discussion of Professor Jane Ginsburg?s case study, "3 Dead Rats and Sound Recordings: Authorship, Ownership, Technological Protections and Digital ‘Private’ Copying." Watch the Real Video

This case study was presented as a short film, "Three Dead Rats." Watch the film.

Panel 3:
Remarks from Elliot Silverstein, President of the Artists Rights Foundation, and a panel discussion of Arnold Lutzker?s case study, "A Little Cut, A Splash of Color, A Change of Mood – It?s Only a Movie! The Clash between Filmmaker and Film Owner Over Alteration in the Name of Commerce." Watch the Real Video

This case study was presented as a short film, "Artista Speaks Out." Watch the film.

Panel 4:
Closing remarks from Professor Erwin Chemerinsky and Dean Ruth Weisberg, and a panel discussion of Sarah Diamond?s case study, "Secret Mergers and Acquisitions: A Designers? Game, or, Collective and Individual Creativity and Ownership in New Media Cross-Platform Design". Watch the Real Video