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Intellectual property, fair use and telecommunications debates mark CEA’s Entertainment Technology Policy Summit

An animated and enthusiastic debate over intellectual property protection, fair use rights and new digital content distribution networks highlighted day two of the CEA’s Entertainment Technology Policy Summit. The inaugural event ran March 15-16 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro opened the second day of the summit with a focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the intersection of digital content, communications networks and consumer electronics devices. Shapiro challenged content companies to embrace the new digital world.

The Policymaker’s Dilemma, explored lawmakers’ struggle to balance the fair use rights of consumers and the intellectual property rights of copyright holders, while allowing technology to continue to drive innovation.

The Entertainment Reinvention session discussed the opportunities as well as the challenges facing the entertainment industry as new technologies disrupt current business models.

Panelists in the Finding Common Ground session engaged in a dialogue on intellectual property and fair use.

Congressman Chip Pickering (R-MS) delivered the luncheon keynote on day two, outlining the critical issues under debate as Congress begins reform of telecommunications law. During his speech he also thanked the technology industry for its dedication and generosity to the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Entertainment Technology Policy Summit concluded with a debate on intellectual property and net neutrality, where the contended issue was whether intellectual property deserves the same protections as real property.

For more information on the Entertainment Technology Policy Summit, including written transcripts, photos and pod casts of the event, visit

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