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[DotGNU]DC 7/17: We Are The Stakeholders!

From: Seth Johnson
Subject: [DotGNU]DC 7/17: We Are The Stakeholders!
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 17:03:38 -0400


This coming Wednesday, July 17th, the United States Commerce
Department is conducting a Public Workshop on digital
entertainment and "rights management."  This "workshop" will
be constituted of a panel including the MPAA's Jack Valenti,
the RIAA's Mitch Glazier, Microsoft's Andrew Moss, and
representatives for Disney, IBM, Intel, Vivendi Universal,
EMI, and ContentGuard.  Please see the media releases pasted
below for details.

These panelists represent the major forces who have prompted
Congress to propose such radical measures as Senator Fritz
Holling's CBDTPA Bill, which proposes to require content
control to be built into all computers.

Since the public holds the largest stake in the prospects of
digital information and communications technology, it is
crucial that a strong showing be made at this meeting.

If you can attend this meeting, please do so.  If you
can't,  please forward this message to any interested
parties that you know.  Please reply to this email and let
your interest in participating be known.  A group is being
put together to attend this meeting and declare in no
uncertain terms:


Please attend, spread the word, reply to let it be known
that you are participating, and help us put together a
strong message and presentation of our concerns regarding
this issue.

Seth Johnson


SUMMARY: The United States Department of Commerce Technology
Administration (TA) announces a public workshop on digital
entertainment and its availability to consumers. The
workshop will help gather data on such issues as the status
of technical standards that provide the framework necessary
to enable legitimate digital media distribution and the
present state of strengths, weaknesses and availability of
current and imminent technological solutions to protect
digital content, barriers that are inhibiting movies, music
and games from coming online.

DATES: This workshop will be held on July 17, 2002, from 1
p.m.-4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Herbert C.
Hoover Building, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 4830,
Washington, DC. Entrance on 14th between Pennsylvania and
Constitution Aves., NW.

relevant to the substantive issues to be addressed by this
workshop may be obtained from Chris Israel Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Technology Policy, Technology Administration,
(202) 482-5687. Limited seating will be available to members
of the general public. It is recommended that persons
wishing to become general public attendees arrive early, as
seating will be first come, first served.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to its statutory
authority found at 15 U.S.C. 3704(c), the Technology
Administration is authorized, among other things, to conduct
technology policy analyses to improve United States
industrial productivity, technology, and innovation,
cooperate with United States industry in the improvement of
its productivity, technology, and ability to compete
successfully in world markets, and identify technological
needs, problems, and opportunities within and across
industrial sectors, that, if addressed, could make a
significant contribution to the economy of the United

      With these responsibilities in mind, the Technology
Administration is planning on holding a moderated series of
informal discussions with relevant stakeholders to gather
information on the availability of digital entertainment and
status of copyright protection and rights management tools. 
The discussions will help gather data on such issues as the
strength, weaknesses and availability of technological
solutions, as well as network capability, and the proper
role for the Government in facilitating solutions that are
best for innovation and best for consumers.

      Topics to be addressed at the workshop include:

     - The effectiveness of efforts to pursue technical
standards or solutions that are designed to provide a more
predictable and secure environment for digital transmission
of copyright material;

     - Major obstacles facing an open commercial exchange of
digital content;

     - What a future framework for success might entail;

     - Current consumer attitude towards online

      The workshop will focus on these and other related
issues. Anyone wishing to comment on these or raise related
issues is free to do so, either in writing before the
meeting, or in person at the meeting. Prior comments will be
collected via the Technology Administration Web< and are
requested by July 11, 2002.

      Authority: This work effort is being initiated
pursuant to TA's statutory responsibilities, codified at
section 3704 of Title 15 of the United States Code.

      Dated: June 28, 2002.

Phillip J. Bond,
Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology.
[FR Doc. 02-16740 Filed 7-2-02; 8:45 am]


Workshop on Digital Content and "Rights Management"

Officials Will Be Joined by Representatives of the
Entertainment and Tech Industries 

Wednesday, July 17, 2002 1:00 PM ?4:00 PM
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4830
14th and Constitution Avenues, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230

Phil Bond, Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology and
Chief of Staff to Secretary Don Evans, and James Rogan,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, will
co-chair a roundtable discussion on the subject of digital
content and rights management. 

This roundtable discussion builds upon a December 17, 2001
Technology Administration workshop that took an in-depth
look at both technical and policy questions standing in the
way of widespread availability of legitimate digital content
over the Internet. 

The focus of this event will include: progress toward
technical standards that provide the framework necessary to
enable legitimate digital media distribution, developments
in the market for digital content as well as consumer
perceptions and expectations, and the proper role for the
government in facilitating solutions that are best for
innovation and best for consumers. 

Forrester Research estimates that by 2003 the market for
digital downloads will be worth $2 billion, and that by 2004
up to 25% of all online music sales will be downloads. Many
business leaders and government officials believe the wide
availability of high-quality, legal digital content remains
a key to further expediting penetration of broadband
Internet services in the U.S. and the expansion of important
technology-based industries. 

Co-chairs Bond and Rogan will be joined by:

- Jack Valenti, of Motion Picture Association of America
- Rhett Dawson, of Information Technology Industry Council
- Joe Tasker, of Information Technology Association of
- Mitch Glazier, Record Industry Association of America
- Jon Potter, Digital Media Association
- Stewart Vendery, Vivendi Universal
- Preston Padden, Disney
- Mike Miron, ContentGuard
- Rick Lane, News Corp
- Gordon Lyon, NIST
- Rob Reid,
- Phillip Maggi, Computer Systems Policy Project
- Tim Sheehy, IBM
- Andrew Moss, Microsoft
- Ted Cohen, EMI
- Doug Comer, Intel
- Bob Schwartz, McDermott, Will & Emery (representing CEA
and the Home Recording Rights Coalition.)

In preparation for this workshop, the Technology
Administration invites public comment on our website at:

Contacts:  Cheryl Mendonsa, Technology Administration
Telephone: 202 482-8321
Email: address@hidden, or 

Marjorie Weisskohl, Technology Administration
Telephone: 202 482-0149
Email: address@hidden

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