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Rethinking music

Rethinking music

The Berkman Center is pleased to share a new collection of materials, Rethinking Music: A Briefing Book, prepared for the participants in Berklee College of Music's Rethink Music conference, which kicks off tonight [streaming live here].

"Rethinking Music: A Briefing Book" includes the Berkman Center’s own framing paper, which introduces a number of issues that will be discussed during the course of the conference. Following that paper are seven contributions from a wide range of contributors, addressing some of the most current and compelling issues in music law and policy. For the full list of papers and download options, visit:

The Rethink Music conference is

bringing together all sides and viewpoints on the subjects of creativity, commerce, and policy to engage in critical dialogue examining the business and rights challenges facing the music industry in the digital era, and to formulate ideas for the creation and distribution of new music and other creative works.

Rethink Music is presented by Berklee College of Music and MIDEM, in association with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Harvard Business School. The conference runs through Wednesday.

(Alongside the briefing book, and in preparation for the conference, Berkman Center founder Charles Nesson invites you to participate in a survey on copyright.)

The Berkman Center also invites you to explore the special series of Radio Berkman podcasts released in anticipation of Rethink Music. Visit the MediaBerkman blog, check out Radio Berkman via iTunes, or browse the related content list in the right-hand sidebar of this page [where you will also find links to a few recent talks at Berkman that engage the themes of the conference].

In addition to assembling "Rethinking Music: A Briefing Book" and special episodes of Radio Berkman, the Berkman Center ran a competitive call for papers in collaboration with Harvard Law School’s Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law (JSEL). The CFP sought policy proposals that advance the interests of music creators, consumers, and entrepreneurs through changes in existing law. The winning paper, Mary LaFrance’s “From Whether to How: The Challenge of Implementing a Full Public Performance Right in Sound Recordings,” will be published in the Spring 2011 edition of JSEL.

More! Berklee's Allen Bargfrede and Berkman's Chris Bavitz discussed Rethink Music on WBUR [as well as with Berklee's Music Business Journal], and the Boston Phoenix has run a series of pieces around the conference's themes:

April 26-27 updates: even more!

Watch live streaming video from rethinkmusic at


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