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Experts to Discuss the Digital Millennium Copryright Act At Seybold

Press release from the issuing company

LOS ANGELES--Sept. 6, 2001-- Key3Media Group, Inc. today announced a new digital rights session has been added to Seybold San Francisco's 2001 Seybold Summit on Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., September 26 at the Moscone Center. The conference track entitled "Steal This Session: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Great Debate,'' examines the hotly contested issues surrounding the controversy of this newly created law. The Summit is open to all Seybold San Francisco attendees. In addition to legal and social issues, the debate also looks at important business decisions facing publishers today, according to Mark Walter, a senior analyst who tracks the digital rights management market for Seybold Publications. "The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was supposed to foster e-commerce for digital content. But something will have to change if consumers continue to reject the type of technology the law was designed to protect,'' said Walter. "Our industry exists on the premise that intellectual property has value, both as pure content and as formatted, manufactured products,'' said Gene Gable, president, Seybold Seminars and Publications. "We continually struggle to reach the balance between reasonable protection and ease of customer use. Clearly right now there is great debate on exactly how that balance should be achieved.'' The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) created in 1998 to bring copyright law into the digital-age has recently come under fire. The arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov this past July has rekindled criticism that the DMCA exceeds protecting owners of copyright against piracy. In an open forum discussion, experts will discuss if the DMCA is too harsh, whether its exceptions are sufficient, and whether it strikes the right balance between commercial publishers and individuals. Participating as experts on the "Steal this Session'' panel discussion include: * Allan Adler, vice president government and legal affairs, Association of American Publishers * Jim Griffin, chief executive OneHouse; former chief technology officer for Geffen Records; a leading consultant to the technology and entertainment industries on intellectual property and rights management * Robin Gross, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation; an expert on intellectual property issues and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act * Bill Rosenblatt, president, GiantStep Media Technologies Strategies; a leading expert on digital rights management technology Seybold San Francisco 2001, September 24-28, 2001 is the one of the largest gathering of creative professionals in the world. In addition to the Seybold Summit, the DMCA controversy will also be addressed in during Digital Rights Management Day, e-Book and e-Content Day. For a full list of educational programs offered at Seybold San Francisco 2001, please visit seyboldseminars.com.