The nme.com hosted two-day event saw the future of music on the Internet come under close scrutiny...

The case against Napster, MP3, illegal downloading, radio piracy, the perilous future of traditional record companies and retailers and unpaid fees to musicians were all issues discussed at the first annual NETSOUNDS conference, held in LONDON on May 15 and 16.

The conference, hosted by nme.com and attended by 300 key members of the British, European and American music industries, boasted controversial keynote speeches from Carolyn Kantor, Senior Vice President of embattled MP3.com, and Jay Samit, Senior Vice-President of EMI Recorded Music. Other panellists included Alan McGee, who took the opportunity to attack the major record companies’ CD pricing policy and slow, “dinosaurlike” approach to releasing content on the web, and Billy Bragg, who championed artists’ rights in the digital world.

The panels, which included discussions on legal issues, the future role of the media, sites that serve the customer best and where’s the first MP3 superstar?, raised several heated debates, none more so than the value or otherwise of unsigned artist sites and how music will be paid for in the future.

For keynote speeches and more from the NetSounds conference, visit [url=]www.netsounds2000.com