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Adapting copyright laws to today’s dynamic digital age

High tech trends like online music sharing, podcasting, blogging and streaming Internet video services seem to be evolving faster than you can click a mouse. But how are laws and business models changing to keep pace with these innovations?

In today’s rapidly evolving digital age, issues such as how artists, songwriters and authors are paid for use of their work, how to legally distribute music, videos and other works protected by intellectual property and how to prevent illegal downloading are at the forefront of the legal and entertainment industries.

Vanderbilt University Law School, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) are co-sponsoring a major conference to discuss changes to copyright laws, collective rights management practices and business models capable of meeting the needs of today’s rights owners. The conference is organized in collaboration with music rights organizations BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.

It will bring together key players from these and other organizations, including content and services providers, developers of digital technology, lawyers, government officials, such as U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters and legal scholars.

The conference will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tenn. The event is open to the public and free of charge, except for attorneys seeking Tennessee CLE credit.

To learn more about the conference and register, log onto–conferences/wipo-conference/index.aspx or

Journalists interested in the conference can contact Amy Wolf for more information and to receive additional credentials.

Media contact: Amy Wolf, (615) 322-NEWS