Licensing for digital music has long been one of the most complex areas of the music business. From analog to digital, music’s twin copyrights often take a convoluted path to listeners, with various licensing arrangements for different uses, even in similar environments. With new music services popping up everyday, an already intricate framework becomes even more so. New technologies continue to test the limits on how music is accessed and how the money flows (and to whom). Yet some licenses — such as blanket licenses for public performance — are more straightforward than others. How are creators and rightsholders compensated in this system? Do technology companies benefit from the streamlined blanket license environment? Will technology lead to a re-conceptualization of how blanket licenses function in an ever-changing marketplace? What is the state of other licenses across various platforms? What can we learn from historic models as we chart a new course for music? Our panel of experts will consider these questions, with an emphasis on how all of this impacts musicians and songwriters.

Gary Greenstein, Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Patricia Polach, Of Counsel, Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC; Associate General Counsel, AFM
Jeff Price, Founder, CEO, President, Tunecore
Colin Rushing, General Counsel, SoundExchange
David Touve, Assistant Professor of Business, Washington and Lee University
Casey Rae-Hunter, Deputy Director, Future of Music Coalition (moderator)

This panel was recorded live in Washington, DC at Georgetown University on October 3, 2011 during Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit 2011.

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