There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Almost two decades after Gang of Four asked, “Who owns what you do? Who owns what you use?” former bassist Dave Allen is coming to town to expand on that topic. Allen and other music-biz (and anti-biz) veteransincluding Public Enemy’s Chuck D, former Throwing Muse Kristin Hersh, Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Perry Barlow, and D.C.’s own former indie mogul Jenny Toomeywill be discussing copyright law and new technology in the age of Napster. They’ll be joined by such decidedly above-ground figures as Sen. Orrin Hatch, National Endowment for the Arts Chair Bill Ivey, and Recording Industry Association of America President Hilary Rosen, not to mention enough attorneys to fill a downtown steakhouse. The issues include the proposed new Digital Millennium Copyright Act, “watermarking” of digital music files so they can be traced and controlled, and whether musicians who record for record labels are doing “work for hire.” Thursday’s discussion begins with breakfast at
8 a.m. at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall, 37th and O Sts. NW. $350. (202) 393-2826 (Mark Jenkins)