Pritzker to meet with music executives in Nashville

The Nashville trip is the next stop in the "listening tour" that Pritzker launched in July. The tour is aimed at culling feedback from businesses and entrepreneurs about how the public and private sectors can better work together.

The Commerce secretary has traveled to Colorado, New York and Connecticut so far during the tour. After her stop in Nashville, Pritzker is headed to Iowa later this week.

"I believe it's particularly important to connect with business and thought leaders early and often, both to hear their ideas on how government and the private sector can partner on strategic initiatives to grow business, and to promote the tremendous work the Department of Commerce does on behalf of U.S. companies," Pritzker said in a statement.

The copyright report released by the Commerce Department last week is meant to spark a wider discussion about copyright rules and how they can be improved to better serve consumers and content creators. A Commerce task force plans to launch a dialogue with several stakeholders about the so-called notice and takedown process used by content producers, such as movie studios and music labels, to flag search engines and websites about pirated movies or music on their site.

The department said it also plans to tackle thorny, unresolved copyright issues, including orphan works, which refer to a piece of art or work where the copyright holder can't be identified. Google's effort to construct a digital library has run into trouble because of orphan works issues. The department also plans to look into ways to clamp down on websites that offer people access to illegally copied movies and music.

The report offered a set of recommendations that are sure to ruffle the feathers of some big U.S. industries, such as radio broadcasters and Web companies. For instance, the Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force called for broadcasters to pay a performance right to recording artists and music labels for playing their sound recordings over the air, and also for Congress to pass legislation that would stiffen the penalties for criminal streaming of copyrighted works.