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Come and Join the Debate in Brussels: Speaker Line-up Announced!

The World Copyright Summit team is delighted to announce the speaker line-up so far for the premier global forum on the future of creators and creative industries in the digital age.

The 2011 World Copyright Summit will take place on June 7 & 8 at the Square Brussels meeting centre, and will feature a stellar line-up of the world’s most forward-thinking creators, experts, industry leaders and policymakers. Come and join the debate in Brussels with the following confirmed speakers:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Robin Gibb, singer and songwriter / President of CISAC (UK)
  • Javed Akhtar, scriptwriter, poet and lyricist (India)
  • Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, European Commission
  • Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, Vice-President, Southern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations, Google (France)
  • Hervé Di Rosa, visual artist and painter, Vice-President of CISAC (France)
  • Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO - Worldwide Intellectual Property Organisation (Switzerland)
  • Ivo Josipović, composer / President of Croatia
  • Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda, European Commission
  • Robert Levine, author of “Free Ride - How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” (USA)
  • Arnaud Nourry, Chairman and CEO, Hachette Livre (France)
  • Frank Stella, painter and sculptor (USA)
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Michel Allain, Deputy Director - Director of Organization and Information System, SACEM (France)
  • Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music (UK)
  • Jesús Badenes, CEO, Grupo Planeta (Spain)
  • Eric Baptiste, CEO, SOCAN (Canada)
  • Eduardo Bautista, President of the Management Board, SGAE (Spain)
  • Jean-Claude Bologne, author / President, SGDL (France)
  • Olivier Bomsel, professor, Ecole des Mines / author ‘L’économie immatérielle’ (Gallimard) (France)
  • Gavin Bonnar, author of “The Artists' Charter” (Ireland)
  • Liz Bury, editor, VRL Financial News (UK)
  • Guillaume Cerutti, CEO, Sotheby’s France (France)
  • Mitko Chatalbashev, Director for European Affairs, CISAC/BIEM (Hungary)
  • Andrew Chowns, Chief Executive, Directors UK (UK)
  • Stijn Coninx, filmmaker / Chair of the Board of Directors, SABAM (Belgium)
  • Richard Conlon, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI (USA)
  • Wendy Cope, poet (UK)
  • Brett Cottle, CEO, APRA (Australia)
  • Axel Dauchez, CEO, Deezer (France)
  • Gustave De Staël, Trustee, Nicolas De Staël Estate (France)
  • Christophe Depretter, CEO, SABAM (Belgium)
  • Maxim Dimitriev, Managing Director, First Music Publishing (Russia)
  • Frank Dostal, Vice Chairman Supervisory Board, GEMA (Germany)
  • Ben Drury, CEO, 7digital (UK)
  • Jane Dyball, Senior Vice-President, International Legal and Business Affairs, Warner/Chappell Music (UK)
  • Keith Harris, Head of Performers Affairs, PPL (UK)
  • Bendik Hofseth, composer / Board Member, TONO (Norway)
  • Carl Inwood, Director of Content & Rights Metadata, Universal Music Group International (UK)
  • Simon Juden, Head of Public Policy, Pearson / former CEO, British Publishers Association (UK)
  • Justin Kalifowitz, President, Downtown Music Publishing (USA)
  • Philippe Kern, Founder and Managing Director, KEA European Affairs (Belgium)
  • Alain Lauzon, Spokesperson of AGAMM (Accès Gratuit à la Musique est un Mythe) / General Manger, SODRAC (Canada)
  • Helienne Lindvall, songwriter/blogger (The Guardian) (Sweden)
  • Janine Lorente, Deputy Director General, SACD (France)
  • Christopher Marcich, President and Managing Director, MPA Europe (Belgium)
  • Vladimir Matetskiy, author / Vice-President of the Authors’ Council, RAO (Russia)
  • Bernard Miyet, President, GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers) / Chairman of the Management Board, SACEM (France)
  • Frances Moore, CEO, IFPI (UK)
  • Cristina Mora, Agent, Cristina Mora Literary & Film Agency (Spain)
  • Nicholas Motsatse, CEO, SAMRO (South Africa)
  • Kenth Muldin, Chair of the Board of Directors, CISAC / CEO, STIM (Sweden)
  • Stephen Navin, CEO, Music Publisher Association (UK)
  • FX Nuttall, Business Intelligence Consultant, CISAC (France)
  • Andrew Orlowski, editor, The Register (UK)
  • Gerhard Pfennig, President of the Board, SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors) / CEO, Bild-Kunst (Germany)
  • Alexandre Polesitski, Director General, Europa Media Group / Vice-President, National Association of Broadcasters / President, Radio Committee at Russia’s Media Union (Russia)
  • Andrew Potter, Chair of the Board of Directors, DACS (UK)
  • Christiane Ramonbordes, President, EVA (European Visual Artists) / Managing Director, ADAGP (France)
  • Kostas Rossoglou, Legal Officer, BEUC (Belgium)
  • Stig Sæterbakken, author (Norway)
  • Eddie Schwartz, President, Songwriters Association of Canada (Canada)
  • Katri Sipilä, CEO, TEOSTO (Finlande)
  • Johannes Studinger, Deputy Secretary General, UNI-MEI (Belgium)
  • András Szinger, CEO, Artisjus (Hungary)
  • Mark Taylor, Head of Content and Services Strategy, Eircom (Ireland)
  • Shunichi Tokura, composer / Chairman, JASRAC (Japan)
  • David Touve, associate professor of Business, Washington and Lee University (USA)
  • Paul Williams, songwriter, composer and actor / President and Chairman of the Board, ASCAP (USA)
To view the schedule for the two days click here

A line-up of more than 100 speakers will emphasise the need for constructive dialogue on the importance of copyright protection and the distribution of creative works in the digital era.

Taking place in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, the 2011 Summit will have a strong European flavour. Very important pieces of legislation and changes in the fields of copyright, collective licensing and the digital economy are currently being discussed in Brussels and at the global level.

Come and join the debate. Register today at (earlybird rate expires on 18th April 2011)

Main themes:

The slogan for the World Copyright Summit 2011 – “Creating value in the digital economy / Create – Connect – Respect” – encapsulates the key themes to be developed during the two-day conference programme:
  • Create: The global eco-system for creators and creative industries 
  • Connect: The digital economy and new business models
  • Respect: Authors’ rights and licensing issues in the legislative & social environment
For more information on the main themes at the World Copyright Summit, please click here

The detailed 2011 conference programme will be published soon.

The World Copyright Summit is organised by CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers), a global organisation gathering 229 authors’ societies and guilds in 121 countries, representing 3 million creators and publishers, and chaired by British songwriter and performer Robin Gibb, of Bee Gees fame, and French painter Hervé Di Rosa.

Register now!

Register by 18 April, 2011 to take advantage of the early bird rate (a €100 discount) and join an exclusive group of participants who will shape tomorrow’s creative industries. Make your voice heard in the debate and benefit from unmatched networking opportunities!

We look forward to seeing you in June in Brussels.

Kind regards,

The World Copyright Summit team

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Endorsing organisations: €700 / Other organisations: €900
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