- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2002

The destiny of music depends upon music industry professionals and technology experts working together, says Marshall Eubanks, co-founder and chief technology officer of Multicast Technologies in Fairfax, Va.
"We should strive for the common good," he says. "We need to move forward. A lot of people feel there's a stalemate here. The people in the technological industry are having a hard time making money because costs are very high. The music industry is not incredibly cooperative. They have their business. They are trying to make money, too."
Mr. Eubanks says that to help increase communication the Future of Music Coalition is sponsoring a policy "summit" today and tomorrow in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Northwest.
The organization is a not-for-profit collaboration among members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities.
The question of copying and distributing musical files through the Internet will provide an intense debate, Mr. Eubanks says.
Napster, the world's leading file sharing community, suffered a slow demise last year. Record companies triumphed over Napster in court, forcing it to block unauthorized, copyrighted songs. Napster, in Redwood City, Calif., said in late October it is negotiating with record companies to license content for the service.
It will re-emerge as a subscription service.
"Napster tried to rely on something called 'fair use,'" Mr. Eubanks says. "They tried to argue that sharing music through the Internet is not any different than recording a TV show with your VCR. They lost."
Mr. Eubanks says his company, which does Internet-based digital content delivery, will put the key speeches from the conference online at a later date.
The policy summit will include speakers such as Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat and co-chairman of the Congressional Internet Caucus; Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat and ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee; California State Sen. Kevin Murray, chairman of the state's Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry; and Konrad Hilbers, chief executive officer of Napster.
For information, visit www.futureofmusic.org and www.multicasttech.com.

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