Earlier this year, BMI, in association with the Creative & Innovative Economy Center at the George Washington University Law School, launched Creative Industries in Transition, a series of symposia that focus on the future of creativity and intellectual property rights in the digital age. Anchored by a collection of thought-provoking white papers written by leading academics from around the world, including former Register of Copyright Ralph Oman, currently Pravel Professorial Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the George Washington University Law School, and Robert P. Merges, co-director of the Center for Law and Technology at the University of California in Berkeley, the program examines the opportunities and threats that face intellectual property creators and explores solutions that will help the creative and business communities succeed in the 21st century.

I recently had the opportunity to summarize the reasons BMI undertook this initiative in front of an audience at the Library of Congress that included congressional staff from the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, judges from the Copyright Royalty Board, executives at the office of the Register of Copyrights and members of the intellectual property law community from Washington, D.C., and the United States. Here is an abbreviated version of my remarks:

Click here for the full opinion piece from Del Bryant, president/CEO of BMI, in which he explores the steps policy makers should take to protect intellectual property rights in the 21st century.