The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) posts the following message. If you have any questions, please click on one of the links below. --- Copyright Reform Takes Center Stage at ARSC Conference --- On Thursday, May 28, five experts will offer their predictions on "The Outlook for Sound Recording Copyright Reform in 2009 and Beyond," and comment on the latest developments in the field, in a panel discussion at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, in Washington DC. The panel highlights the opening session of the 43rd annual conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), which begins at 8:45 a.m. Among the issues to be discussed are performance rights legislation, Orphan Works legislation, reform of preservation exceptions, and five recommendations made by ARSC for changes in the law, including bringing older recordings under federal law and establishing for the first time a public domain for early recordings. (ARSC was responsible for recent legislation triggering a formal study of the latter two issues by the U.S. Copyright Office.) Participating in the panel will be: -- Jonathan Band, Library Copyright Alliance -- June Besek, Executive Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School -- Malcolm C. Grace, Vice President, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates -- Gigi B. Sohn, President, Public Knowledge -- Corey D. Williams, Associate Director, Office of Government Relations, American Library Association. The moderator will be Tim Brooks, Chair of the ARSC Copyright and Fair Use Committee and Director of the Historical Recording Coalition for Access and Preservation ( www.recordingcopyright.org ). The coalition was recently formed by ARSC, the Music Library Association, and the Society for American Music, to promote copyright reforms enabling preservation of and public access to historical recordings. Prior to the panel discussion, Mr. Brooks will deliver a keynote address on ARSC's activities during the past year promoting recording copyright reform. For more information about ARSC and the conference, visit: www.arsc-audio.org The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals -- everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.