International Music Registry (IMR) Outreach Activities
The International Music Registry (IMR) initiative has stepped up its public outreach efforts by participating in a number of national/regional events around the world.
One IMR consultant participated in the “Music Matters” conference in Millenia, Singapore, from May 26 to 28, 2011. Organized by Reed Elsevier, Jasper Donat and other key stakeholders in the music industry, with the support of the Tourism Board and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the conference focused on live music performances rather than recorded music and publishing and covered such important markets as China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong (China), the Republic of Korea and Singapore. The event brought together creators, academics, politicians and industry professionals from Asia and around the world to examine business and rights challenges facing the music industry in the digital era, and to formulate concrete solutions for promoting the creation and distribution of new music and other creative works.
That conference was preceded by the Digital Matters 2011 Conference, held from May 22 to 26, 2011. Asia’s first regional forum focusing exclusively on the monetization of online video content, the Digital Matters Conference was also a large-scale networking event, and covered digital entertainment business verticals including movies, television, gaming, advertising and music.
These two events provided an excellent opportunity to present the IMR and to emphasize the need to create local databases in order to enable payment for legitimate use of music online, both locally and internationally. Mr. Peter Jenner, IMR consultant, stressed the importance of WIPO’s commitment to the development of repertoire databases in Asia and underscored the key role various countries can play in providing useful revenue sources and also as platforms for payment for the use of creative works.
The IMR was also represented at the ReThink Music Conference, held in Boston, USA, from April 25 to 27, 2011. Organized by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society in conjunction with the Harvard Business School, the conference brought together creators, academics, politicians and industry professionals to examine the business and rights challenges facing the music industry in the digital era, and aimed to formulate solutions for promoting the creation and distribution of new music and other creative works. Along with Mr. Lawrence Lessig, IMR consultant Mr. Jim Griffin featured on a panel on alternative compensation systems and took the opportunity to discuss the IMR initiative with participants.
Another major music event held in Kristiansand, Norway, brought together, in informal setting,
participants with different perspectives on the challenges facing the music industry in the digital
environment. Discussions focused on the relationship between the Global Repertoire Database (GRD)
and IMR initiatives. A team from the GRD led by Mr. Mark Isherwood explained the GRD’s future plans
Messrs. Jim Griffin and Peter Jenner, with the support of WIPO officials, explained the vision of the IMR. It was generally agreed that the GRD and IMR could and should work together, and that efforts should be geared towards avoiding unnecessary duplication.
The IMR was represented at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, held in the Russian Federation,
which was arranged to discuss a process for enabling the Russian Federation to join the World Trade
Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Mr. Peter Jenner, representing the IMR in a discussion on possible solutions to piracy in the region, highlighted the need to create registries in order to ensure payment for the use of content.
A meeting involving representatives of different repertoire database initiatives will take place on October 12 in Geneva, back to back with the WIPO Global Conference on Copyright Documentation and Infrastructure, scheduled for October 13 and 14, in Geneva. This informal exchange will allow representatives from different database initiatives to share views and to discuss a possible role for the IMR.
IMR OUTREACH TO USERS
Following the IMR Consultative Committee (CC) meeting held in Brussels on June 9, the IMR intends to seek greater user involvement in its discussions, including the participation of Internet Intermediaries and broadcasters. User participation will be structured by holding two different types of sessions of the CC, one for right owners and second also involving users. The first opportunity for holding such a two-tiered CC meeting would be in the margins of the WIPO Conference on Copyright Documentation and Infrastructure, which will take place in October 2011 in Geneva.