EU internal market commissioner Frits Bolkestein and Irish trade minister Mary Harney will take part in a conference in Dublin Sunday and Monday (June 20-21) aimed at finding ways to protect music and

EU internal market commissioner Frits Bolkestein and Irish trade minister Mary Harney will take part in a conference in Dublin Sunday and Monday (June 20-21) aimed at finding ways to protect music and movies from piracy without stifling innovation.

The conference, which is sponsored by European authors lobby GESAC, will try to raise awareness about copyright issues in the European Union. It will focus on collective rights management, licences, digital rights management and the future of remuneration schemes, artists' resale rights and database protection.

Among the speakers expected are GESAC president Reinhold Kreile; U.K. Live Music Forum chair Feargal Sharkey; Wes Himes, the director of digital media lobby EDiMA; Bernard Miyet, president of French collecting agency SACEM; Jean-Pierre Coustel, chairman/CEO of on-demand service Viaccess; Michel Lambot, president of independent music lobby IMPALA; and Cees Vervoord, president of BIEM, the international trade body representing collecting societies.