Industry Leaders to the White House for Piracy Summit

Vice President Joseph Biden is leading a roundtable on Tuesday with Hollywood CEOs, music industry execs and legal experts in what is being billed as a first-of-its-kind discussion on piracy.

He’ll be joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, Homland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, FBI director Robert Mueller and Secret Service director Mark Sullivan.

Among those expected are Sony’s Michael Lynton, Warner Bros.’ Barry Meyer, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, NBC Universal’s Jeffrey Zucker, Warner Music Group’s Edgar Bronfman, Harper Collins CEO Brian Murray, Universal Music Group’s Zachary Horowitz, the MPAA’s Dan Glickman, the RIAA’s Mitch Bainwol, IATSE’s international president Matthew Leob, AFTRA’S Kim Roberts Hedgepeth, DGA president Taylor Hackford, DGA exec director Jay Roth and SAG’s David White.

Also present will be the administration’s new “copyright czar,” Victoria Espinel.

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  1. You may remenber the four proverbs:
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  2. tommy says:

    Didn’t the movie industry make record profits of $10 Billion last year. And what about the revelation that people that download music spend more money on music? We shouldn’t spend another cent to subsidize these business models that are resistant to progress, stifling the very innovation the laws are supposed to create.

  3. Hal says:

    Waldo, I think you mean “Copyright law WAS meant to benefit the people at large.” Incidentally, that answers your question about why no EFF or CC representatives will be present.

  4. Waldo says:

    I see the Director’s Guild and Actor’s guild.. where’s the writer’s guild?
    And why only industrial representation? Copyright law is meant to benefit the people at large. Where is the EFF? Where are representatives of the Creative Commons?

  5. T-Bag says:

    Foxes in the hen house…..

  6. haywood jablomi says:

    Unfortunately all of these folks will have to wait out at the West Wing gate for 30 minutes while the Secret Service wave the Salahi’s through.

  7. Carney says:

    Content piracy and its practitioners and advocates are contemptible and efforts to stamp it out are worthwhile.
    However I have to say that because of the rise of physical, old-school piracy off the Horn of Africa, I thought, based on the headline, that the conference was about THAT. With nautical piracy back, perhaps the unmodified word “piracy” in headlines (other than in media-centric and trade publications) should refer to pirates, not illegal copiers and downloaders.

  8. Aaron says:

    I wonder if they’ll be discussing the largest pirates of all, the music industry itself…–geist-record-industry-faces-liability-over-infringement

  9. bobby d says:

    Joe Biden further proves himself as a whore for the RIAA.

  10. joe beuckman says:

    Who will be there to represent the piracy industry? I’m free tomorrow, Joe…

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