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Streaming Media West 2002 Conference Program to Address Royalty Issues Facing Internet Radio, Digital Music Distribution

Penton Media’s Streaming Media, Inc. today announced that Streaming Media West 2002, to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from April 23-26 (http://www.streamingmedia.com/west), will have several sessions lead by online music experts to address net radio and the recent royalty decision by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Recent articles in The New York Times, CNET and Business Week have highlighted the issues faced by Webcasters such as the royalty debate and the potential repercussions on net radio. If approved by the U.S. Copyright Office on May 21st, the new music licensing rates would force thousands of Webcasters to pay more than half their revenue as royalties for the record industry. As a result, many of these Webcasters would be forced out of business.

Streaming Media West 2002 will address this recent decision and other ongoing issues of digital music distribution from managing digital rights, online music distribution models, rights legislation and taking terrestrial radio stations online. Conference highlights include:

Special Lunchtime Session: The Impact of Current and Pending Legislation and Intellectual Property Rights on Online Distribution

Online Music: May the Best Model Win

After a year of unprecedented litigation, consolidation and outright failure, the digital music market is picking up again. In this new world of online music, companies with different focuses and varying models have launched services they hope will cash in on consumer demand for digital music. This early in the game, it’s still unclear which models will work and which will fail. This panel will address how the major players are delivering music to consumers, and how these models may change as the market for online music matures.

Streaming Media Research Session: Streaming for Radio Broadcasters

Streaming Media’s first research report for terrestrial radio broadcasters is a comprehensive analysis of industry best practices, vendors, online business models and economics. From targeted ad insertion technologies and audience measurement tools to webcasting and peer-to-peer content delivery, the report gives broadcast engineers and managers the technical intelligence they need to implement an effective digital media strategy. This session will feature a preview of the report’s contents, and an in-depth discussion of issues faced by broadcasters as they prepare to take their content online.

Roundtable Session: Profiting from Personalized Radio – Internet and Satellite Radio

Roundtable Session: De-vilifying P2P – how file-sharing technologies are being used to legally and effectively distribute digital music

Roundtable Session: Keep ‘Em Coming Back for More: Customer Loyalty in a Competitive World

* Dave Williams, VP of Product Management, Listen.com

To further provide attendees with a wealth of information on all Internet-related subjects, Streaming Media West 2002 will be co-located with Internet World Spring. For more information on Internet World Spring, please visit http://www.internetworld.com/events/spring2002

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