iTunes Music Store to be discussed at D.C. conference

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"What should industry, consumers and government do to promote vibrant markets in online digital content and reduce piracy? Are Steve Jobs and other innovators rendering these questions moot? Should Washington weigh-in or bug-out?"

The Progress & Freedom Foundation says these questions and others will be discussed at next week's "Promoting Markets for Creativity: Copyright in the Internet Age" conference. The event will look at the future of online music, movies, and games and will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Courts, Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee in the House, will deliver the luncheon keynote at noon. Co-sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation and George Mason University's Tech Center, the conference will feature national scholars in intellectual property and law and economics.

"New ventures like Steve Jobs' iTunes Music Store and formats like Movielink, Rhapsody and Pressplay are stimulating great interest," James V. DeLong, a Foundation senior fellow and director of its Center for the Study of Digital Property, said in discussing the "Promoting Markets for Creativity" conference. "And new business models are in the making elsewhere. Our speakers will explore the legal, economic, technical and policy aspects of the changing digital marketplace."

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the impact of the digital revolution and its implications for public policy.

This story, "iTunes Music Store to be discussed at D.C. conference" was originally published by PCWorld.

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