BTB #199: Copyright and the Economics of Creativity

Jason WilliamsTim SheyStan McCoyJon BaumgartenEllis Henican

Does the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 sufficiently meet the demands of the digital age? This morning on Capitol Hill, New York Newsday Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellis Henican moderated a lively discussion that addressed this question, and many other critical legislative and regulatory issues. The Copyright Clearance Center-sponsored event wondered out loud whether government policies are properly managing rights distribution and ownership of created works for the greatest benefit for the American economy. Tackling such questions as, ”What future trends in the evolution of Digital Media do legislators need to keep in mind?” were –
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  • Jon Baumgarten: Partner in the firm Proskauer Rose LLP and a specialist in copyright, digital life and intellectual property
  • Stan McCoy: Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation
  • Tim Shey: Co-Founder of Next New Networks, the leading independent producer of online television networks
  • Jason Williams: President of JWM Productions LLC, an Emmy award-winning producer – for National Geographic, Discovery Networks, PBS, and TBS

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