The Future of Music Part II: Copy Rights and Wrongs with discussants Chris Castle, Tim Westergren and Eion Harrington. Richard French moderates.
What do artist rights and creative license mean in the rapidly evolving world of entertainment? What's really wrong with the music industry, and how can new technologies and business models help change that? What does an ideal world of both consumer and artist needs look like, and who will be in charge? Representatives from all sides of these questions wrestle with the future of music and digital rights for creators, consumers and corporations- The Commonwealth Club of California
Chris Castle is a music attorney in Los Angeles where he represents artists, producers, music industry executives, songwriters, independent publishers and record companies, and technology companies. He has held senior in-house positions at both technology and record companies, and is a Fellow of the World Technology Network. Chris is on the board of directors of the Austin Music Foundation and moderates the digital panel at SXSW. Before law school, he was the drummer for Jesse Winchester, Long John Baldry and Yvonne Elliman.
Richard French combines technical expertise with business savvy. Through varied experience working with large multinational companies and startups he is able to bring both an entrepreneurial spirit and the knowledge of how to run large organizations.
Mr. French built his career at a series of companies. He is currently CEO at Avvenu, Inc. a venture backed company which provides a free service that lets consumers and business users securely access their home and office computers directly from their web-enabled mobile device or computer.
Most recently he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Open Source Development Network at VA Software Corporation/OSDN, Inc. of Fremont, CA. At OSDN, now renamed to OSTG, he brought together 11 disparate Internet properties, including such notables as Slashdot, Sourceforge.net and Thinkgeek, into a cohesive whole with the result that it became the de facto network for open source news and downloads.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and surrounded by music since the age of 4, Eoin Harrington has traveled the globe and now resides in San Francisco. This award winning songwriter has grabbed the attention of numerous heavyweights in the bay area and across America. Grammy award winning producer Scott Mathews has labeled him as one of the best artists he's seen here in the bay area in the last 10 years, "classic music, this guys gonna be around for a long time". KFOG's Rosalie Howarth says, "Kids a star, plain and simple, I've been in this business 25 years and it's a real pleasure to listen to someone with pure, raw talent."
Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry. He has recorded with independent labels, managed artists, owned a commercial digital recording studio, scored feature films, produced albums, and performed extensively. His main instrument is the piano, but over the years he has played the bassoon, drums and clarinet and his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music. Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology.
A musician's musician, he is obsessed with helping talented emerging artists connect with the music fans most likely to appreciate their music. In addition to guiding Pandora's overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist - traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project.