New York State Bar Association, April 24, 2008
Topic: Paying the Piper: Problems and Solutions Facing the Music Industry Today
As CD sales have declined in recent years due to emerging technology and rampant piracy, the record industry has adopted new strategies in an attempt to save its current business model and adapt to changes in the digital marketplace. This panel discussion will focus on the RIAA’s psychology behind pursuing lawsuits against individual copyright infringers, and explain how these lawsuits fit into the multi-level attempt to preserve the sanctity of copyright law while reestablishing the public understanding and appreciation of recorded music’s value. Additionally, the panel will address proposed solutions to the many roadblocks and hurdles facing
the music industry, including the 360 Degree Artist Agreement model that allows record labels to participate in multiple artist revenue streams far beyond record sales.
Mark Fischer, Principal, Fish & Richardson
Barry Perlman, Of Counsel, Fish & Richardson
Jim Cooperman, EVP, Windup Records
Steven Masur, Esq., Founder, MasurLaw