Copyright in the Digital Age

Still the bedrock of creativity and the creative industries

THE EUROPEAN UNION: In 2010 is Copyright still able to protect and reward the creative heart of Europe? Angela Mills Wade

The European Union: In 2010 is Copyright still able to protect and reward the creative heart of Europe? By Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director, The European Publishers Council Abstract. Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director of the European Publishers Council explores the radically new views of Copyright in the internet world. She examines how the European Union […]

Happy Birthday to Copyright: Simon Juden

Happy Birthday to Copyright Simon Juden Chief Executive, Publishers Association Abstract: The UK’s economy used to be predicated on manufacturing. Then it was predicated on services, in particular financial services. Now and going forward, most commentators agree that the Knowledge Economy is of critical and central importance to the UK. The publishing industry is the […]

The answer to the machine: Mark Bide and Dr. Alicia Wise

The answer to the machine By Mark Bide and Alicia Wise Abstract: As we move further into the 21st century, publishers should heed Charles Clark’s timely advice that “the answer to the machine is in the machine”.  It is not copyright as law that is the problem. Rather we need to embrace technology not only as a publishing medium […]

Collective Licensing: Responding to the challenges of the digital age: Kevin Fitzgerald

Collective Licensing: Responding to the challenges of the digital age By Kevin Fitzgerald The future success of the UK economy is highly dependent on how intellectual property (IP) is managed both in the UK and globally.  The digitisation of content brings both great advantages in terms of access but also threats in terms of a […]

Accentuate the positive aspects of copyright for the sake of future posterity: Andrew Yeates

Accentuate the positive aspects of copyright for the sake of future posterity By Andrew Yeates Abstract.  300 years after implementation of The Statute of Anne, copyright is in the legislative spotlight at national, European Community and international levels with unprecedented intensity. Andrew Yeates argues the importance of accentuating the positive aspects of copyright within the […]

Copyright’s balancing act and the role of the library: Michael Heaney, Bodleian Libraries

Copyright’s balancing act and the role of the library By Michael Heaney, Executive Secretary, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford Abstract: The copyright acts and legal deposit provisions have played a significant role in the development of the Bodleian since 1610. Over time libraries have taken on the task of being benevolent custodians of copyright […]

Copyright through the Looking-glass: Tom Rivers

Copyright through the Looking-glass By Tom Rivers Copyright and media consultant Abstract: Developments in computer and communications technology have put into the hands of ordinary people the means to join in a global interchange of information, ideas and forms of expression. The problem of piracy in the digital environment can be addressed to some extent by […]

The Changing Role of Copyright: Roger Parry

The Changing Role of Copyright By Roger Parry The Changing Role of Copyright By Roger Parry Abstract: Copyright Laws have evolved over time to reflect changes in technology and social attitudes. They were not needed before the widespread use of mechanical printing.  The legal power of copyright started in 1710 with the objective of “the encouragement […]

Does the Database Directive have a future? Laurence Kaye

The Directive on the legal protection of databases of 11 March 1996: does it have a future? By Laurence Kaye, Laurence Kaye Solicitors, Specialist in digital media law Abstract: The purpose of the EU Directive on the legal protection of databases of 11 March 1996 (the Database Directive), which has now been implemented by all […]

Enlightenment Now: Dominic McGonigal, PPL

Enlightenment Now Dominic McGonigal, Director of Public Affairs, PPL Abstract: 300 years ago, copyright was a radical concept. It generated disputes in the early days and has periodically inspired controversy ever since, culminating in the abolitionists of the dotcom boom. Ten years ago, the futurists were predicting the demise of copyright. But is copyright dead, […]

Copyright in the digital environment: a broadcaster’s perspective: Najma Rajah, BBC

Copyright in the digital environment: a broadcaster’s perspective By Najma Rajah, Senior Economic Adviser, Policy and Strategy, BBC Abstract: This article looks at some of the key challenges to the current copyright framework posed by the transition to digital technologies. It considers the impact that technological change has had on the ways in which broadcasters […]

Copyright in Practice: A Publisher Perspective by Kevin Taylor, CUP

Copyright in Practice: The Publisher Perspective By Kevin Taylor, Director of Strategy and Intellectual Property, Cambridge University Press Abstract: Copyright is entering a transitional phase, and there is much debate about its future role in the digital world. Practising publisher Kevin Taylor discusses the complex nature of copyright, arguing that changes must occur, but gradually. ‘Content’ […]

Why Copyright is still important after 300 years: Professor Iain Stevenson

Why Copyright is still important after 300 years Professor Iain Stevenson Centre for Publishing University College London Abstract: This article argues that copyright is even more important  today than it was 300 years ago.  The principles introduced by the statute of Anne of property rights in creative works being vested in the creator and those […]

Is Queen Anne’s Statute relevant to Twitter? By John Howkins, author of The Creative Economy

Is Queen Anne’s Statute relevant to Twitter? By John Howkins, author of The Creative Economy Abstract: It’s odd to suggest a 300 year old statute may be relevant today and doubly so in media markets where regulations change every few years. But imagine the next stage of Twitter where tweets can include sounds and pictures, […]

How can government balance effective copyright protection and users’ needs? Judith Sullivan

How can government meet the challenges of balancing effective copyright protection in the digital age against the needs of users? By Judith Sullivan Abstract: Taking as the starting point that a legal framework must encourage creativity to flourish, the paper explores a former copyright policy makers’ perspective of the frustrations in identifying and delivering a […]

An Invitation

Copyright in the Digital Age: Industry issues and impacts Monday 5 November 2010  Stationers Hall, London EC4 Academic Seminar— 2pm-5pm Speakers: Dr Catherine Seville of Cambridge and University Professor Simon Elliot of the School of Advance Study Autumn Forum 6pm-8pm Moderator: John Tusa, Broadcaster Overview: Dr Sarah Thomas. Bodleian Librarian Speakers: Invited from among contributors […]

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