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— By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess MediaWire)
This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Jean Michel Jarre, president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).
Leave it to a celebrated French composer, performer and music producer to rally creators from around the world.

In an inspiring keynote conversation at the fourth biennial World Creators Summit in Washington, D.C. this month, electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre lauded the future of intellectual property and copyright as well as creators’ interests.

Then at the annual meeting of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Washington D.C. on June 7, 2013 Jarre was elected as its new president.

Jarre succeeds the late Robin Gibb, who passed away May, 2012, and French visual artist/painter Hervé Di Rosa, who had served as CISAC’s acting president for the past year.

Founded in 1926, CISAC–headquartered in Paris–is a non-governmental, not-for-profit global network of collective management organizations; uniting 231 authors’ societies and guilds in 121 countries; representing more than three million creators and publishers from such sectors as music, film, visual arts, and the literary world.

CISAC is headquartered in Paris with four regional offices based in Budapest, Hungary (European Affairs), Santiago, Chile (Latin American and Caribbean Affairs), Johannesburg, South Africa (African Affairs) and Singapore (Asia-Pacific Affairs).

CISAC deals with legal, business and technical questions related to royalty flow, digital exchange of information on works, creativity and cultural diversity, and the status and rights of creators.

CISAC enables collective management organizations to represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world.

CISAC’s budget is based on the annual subscriptions of its members, and the entry fees of new members. The subscription is based on a percentage of the gross royalties collected annually by a member society in the territories in which it operates.

Jarre’s role as CISAC’s president is to represent, and voice the opinion of the international community of creators, and to defend the system of collective administration that protects their rights.

His stature in contemporary popular music cannot be understated.

Along with the likes of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream in the 1970s, the prolific Jarre provided the breakthrough of electronic music, selling over 80 million recordings to date.
Read the interview by Larry Leblanc

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