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World Copyright Summit in Brussels on 7th & 8th June, 2011 – Javed Akhtar to be the keynote speaker


The World Copyright Summit will be held in Brussels on 7th & 8th June, 2011. It is organised by International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). After two successful editions in Brussels (2007) and Washington, DC (2009), over 600 participants will attend the third edition of the Summit. World famous creators, rights organisations, music and books publishers, TV and film producers, policy makers, media and content providers, ISPs and telecom operators, hardware manufacturers, legal and technology experts and consumer representatives will meet to exchange ideas and debate on the future of intellectual property and creative content in the digital environment.
Multi-award Bollywood scriptwriter, lyricist, poet and human rights activist Javed Akhtar will take the centre stage at the Summit. Javed Akhtar, who has been included in the list of “50 Most Powerful People in the Country” by India Today, will discuss his contribution towards modernisation of India’s copyright law regime. Javed Akhtar noted the need to tackle lack of understanding in the current system in which authors are relegated to an inferior position (for the complete viewpoint, click here). CISAC president and legendary Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb commended Javed Akhtar for his leadership in the struggle for obtaining rights for creators.
 
2011 Keynote Speakers include:
Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services (video message)
Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, President, Southern and Eastern Europe, EMEA, Google
Hervé Di Rosa, French visual artist and CISAC Vice-President
Robin Gibb, legendary singer and songwriter of the Bee Gees and CISAC President
Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General (World Intellectual Property Organization)
-Márcia Regina Vicente Barbosa, Director of Intellectual Property Rights, representing Ana de Hollanda, Minister of Culture of Brazil
-Jean-Michel Jarre, author, composer and performer
Ivo Josipovi, President of Croatia and music composer
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Digital Agend
-Robert Levine, author of “Free Ride – How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back”
Arnaud Nourry, Hachette Livre Chairman and CEO
-Jean-Paul Philippot, Administrator General, RTBF and President of the European Broadcasting  Union (EBU/UER)
Frank Stella, painter and sculptor / Chair of CISAC’ International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and Photographic Arts (CIAGP)
Media can register and get press accreditation by sending contact details to: [email protected]

 

Read the entire opinion piece of Javed Akhtar as well as 3 questions from other keynotes speakers on: http://www.copyrightsummit.com/news
For more information, visit www.copyrightsummit.com

 

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Mathews P. George

Mathews is a graduate of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. His interest in intellectual property was kindled when he bagged the second position in his second year of Law School (in the prestigious Nani Palkhiwala Essay Competition on Intellectual Property). His stint as a student of Prof. Shamnad Basheer further accentuated his interest in intellectual property. Winner of almost a dozen essay competitions in his Law School days, he was involved in various research and policy initiatives relating to intellectual property. Mathews is, currently, based out of Munich, Germany. He had earlier done his LLM in 'IP and Competition Law' from Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (jointly run by Max Plank Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Augsburg, Technical University of Munich and George Washington University, Washington).

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