Aspen Forum Panel to Explore Internet and the Media

Aspen Forum Panel to Explore Internet and the Media

Panel to Discuss What’s Next for the Media Industries

Contact: Amy Smorodin
(202) 828-4405

July 27, 2010 – The Internet has been very disruptive to the traditional media industries, which are now scrambling to remain relevant and to keep revenues flowing. How have the media industries and content owners been faring with the increasingly ubiquitous Internet platform? Are new, more viable, business models being developed? Are IP protections sufficient to maintain incentives for content producers? At the TPI Aspen Forum, speakers on the panel “The Internet and the Media – After the first wave, what’s next?” will assess the Internet’s impact on media and try to peer into their crystal balls to forecast the state of various media industries in a few years. The event is scheduled for August 22nd -24th.

Panelists, made up of academics and industry participants, include:

Lance Kavanaugh, Senior Product Counsel for YouTube. He is responsible for product-related legal issues, including YouTube’s copyright and legal removals policies. Prior to YouTube, he was a patent litigator at a Silicon Valley law firm and an engineering director for a large Internet service provider.

Peter Menell, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley and Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He has written extensively on intellectual property, cyberlaw, and environmental law, and has examined economic aspects of intellectual property and environmental regulation.

Cary Sherman, President of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Sherman coordinates the legal, policy and business objectives, including technology, licensing, and enforcement issues, for the association. RIAA’s member companies are responsible for creating, manufacturing, or distributing 85 percent of all legitimate sound recordings sold in the United States.

Sam Tarantino, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grooveshark. Grooveshark’s primary focus is providing a consumer-friendly music service using existing technology while fairly compensating organizations and individuals for whom music is a profession.

Joel Waldfogel, Frederick R. Kappel Chair in Applied Economics, Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Previously a chaired professor at Wharton, Waldfogel has conducted research on the diversity of local radio stations and newspapers and the impact of copying technologies on media industries.

The panel will be moderated by Stan Liebowitz, Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics, at the University of Texas at Dallas. Stan Liebowitz is an economist who has been studying the impact of technology on copyright holders for over 25 years.

TPI’s Aspen Forum will bring together leaders from business, government, and academia in a relaxed, informal setting to discuss and debate the key public policy issues surrounding information and communications technology. Top leaders scheduled to speak at the Forum include Paul Otellini, President and CEO of Intel Corporation; Mark McLaughlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of VeriSign; Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock Partners; Brad Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer at Intuit; and Thomas Tauke, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications at Verizon. Edward Mueller, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Qwest Communications, will offer opening remarks at the premier policy event.

To register, please visit www.techpolicyinstitute.org/aspen2010. For additional information, please contact Jane Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press can contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at https://techpolicyinstitute.org/

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