This past week, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) held its fourth biennial World Creators Summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss some of the most pressing royalty management issues facing artists today. Attendance from key content creation, distribution and regulation authorities should prove useful as consensus was that greater collaboration across sides will be required to identify and address copyright dilemmas.
U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante took her time at the podium to elaborate on her vision for enacting the sweeping changes required to keep pace with emerging digital copyright issues. According to Billboard, Pallante acknowledged that the internet has made royalty management a mainstream issue that now affects consumers everyday. As such, the passion and substance of public opinion must be factored more directly into any reformation proposals.
International delegates were also keen on promoting cooperation among industry associates to display a more united front to consumers, devoid of confusing mixed messages.
"The way this industry has to work is together, not just societies and publishers but also managers, record companies, concert promoters - we all need to find a way forward," International Confederation of Music Publishers chairman Andrew Jenkins told attendees, according to Intellectual Property Watch.
The occasionally idealistic proceedings were seasoned with plenty of pragmatism, however, with some countering Pallante's agenda of broad legislative reform with plans for more targeted adaptations of currently troublesome provisions. According to Billboard, there were several proponents in favor of making "surgical cuts" to copyright law instead of trying to push through comprehensive changes amid political discord.