WASHINGTON, D.C.– Some of the top names in the music and technology businesses will convene Feb. 25 at the second annual Music Law Summit West at Hastings Law School in San Francisco.
Panelists and participants will debate peer-to-peer file sharing and discuss the explosive growth of online music stores, the impact of activist musicians on political discourse, and the changing nature of artists’ contracts in the digital age.
Keynote speakers will include California State Senator Kevin Murray and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig.
In 2003, Senator Murray introduced SB 1034, a bill that makes it a fiduciary duty for record companies to accurately account for royalties from recording contracts.
Lessig is an outspoken critic of Internet regulation and copyright laws. He represented the plaintiff in Eldred v. Ashcroft, an unsuccessful effort on Web site operator Eric Eldred’s part to overturn the Copyright Term Extension Act. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the 20-year copyright extension.
The summit is sponsored by the Hastings’ Association of Communications, Sports and Entertainment Law, the D.C.-based Future of Music Coalition, and Noise Pop.