For Computer Industry
The rap supremo, a longtime advocate for music and ideas distribution using the Internet, will deliver the key-note speech at The Digital Download: Public Access To Content In A Digital World one-day conference in the US capital's Renaissance Mayflower Hotel on March 6.
The delegates will be drawn from over 600 US companies involved at every level, from design and development to the manufacturing and distribution of audio-visual electronics and IT. Given the recent US court ruling on the future of Napster, Chuck D's speech, dealing with intellectual property and copyright issues through new technologies, is particularly relevant. San Francisco Appellate Court ruled on Monday (February 12) that Napster was infringing record label copyright by allowing its users to swap MP3 files. However, it suspended an immediate shutdown of Napster's operations, pending further legal arguments into the exact nature of the copyright infringement.
has been a vocal supporter of Napster since its conception
almost two years ago. He has continually said he believes the Internet, and
applications such as Napster, allowed for the development of
new and existing artists on an unparalleled level, without the need for labels
or complicated contracts.
Speaking on his website (http://www.public-enemy.com)
Chuck said "the airwaves of black culture are 'white corporate-owned
marketed, processed and pushed. I never really believed in boycotts, but I swear
by pressure. This movement will, by default, put balance into the hip hop
nation, Somebody gotta fight for the COMMONS, GOODIE MOBS, DEAD PREZ'S, TALIB
KWELIS, MEDUSAS, for equal, if not more, airtime. We're gonna change the climate
by identifying every media owner, music and programme director, record and video
marketer and expose their addresses and social security numbers, if need be, to
hold them accountable in front of regular folks that haven't a clue who to
More info to come...
Chuck will speak on the behalf of the Consumer Electronics Association at the day-long conference, which will take place in Washington DC. The conference will delve into intellectual property issues in the digital age, while panelists and keynote speakers debate the proper balance between the legitimate rights of copyright owners, the rights of manufacturers who produce new technologies, and the rights of consumers to access these technologies.
Chuck D will
speak at approximately 3:15 p.m. that day. The conference takes place at the
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Registration for the event is $199 through February
20 and $299 after. To download registration forms or for more information, go to
The day-long conference will provide attendees with insight into intellectual property issues in the digital age, as panelists and keynote speakers debate the proper balance between the legitimate rights of copyright owners, the rights of manufacturers who produce new technologies and the rights of consumers to access these technologies. “A major proponent of music on the Internet, Chuck D leapt to the forefront as one of the first artists to truly use the Internet as a way to bring a wider audience into the music community,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “With his websites and multimedia messages, he is a leader among artists who are embracing technology to empower themselves and revolutionize the music business. We are thrilled he will be speaking at The Digital Download, and add to the debate surrounding today’s battles over the Internet, copyright and public access to digital content.”
An author, lecturer and activist, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip-hop culture with the release of Public Enemy’s debut album, “Yo! Bum Rush the Show,” in 1987. HIn September 1999, the Public Enemy rapper launched a multi-format “supersite” on the Web, Rapstation.com.
To download registration forms or for more information, visit http://www.CE.org/events.