Copyright in the Digital Age

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●     New EU Copyright Act takes another step

●     Filesharing highlights collision of free speech and copyright

●     Introduction to Collective Licensing seminars

●     Brexit and the realpolitik of trade agreements

●     Three post graduate bursaries in copyright

●     Orphan Works Database given user approval

●     Seven-year-olds given copyright lessons to curb online piracy

●     Why Europe’s New Copyright Proposals Are Bad News for the Internet

●     ‘EU copyright legislation will not change in UK after Brexit’ argues Kaye

●     EU copyright reform proposals “sensible” say publishers

●     Publishers stress importance of Robust Copyright Regime Post Brexit

●     Congratulations to Dr. Aislinn O’Connell

●     Fit for Change? Copyright for Publishers in the Digital Age – Abstract/Intro

●     Copyright thesis – Chapter 1 Literature Review

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 2 – A Historical investigation of copyright

●     Copyright Thesis Chapter 3 – Legal Investigation

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 4 – Blocking initiatives

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 5 – Copyright and the UK Economy

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 6 – The Hargreaves Exceptions

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 7 – Alternative approaches

●     Copyright thesis – Conclusions

●     Index, List of Abbreviations, Tables of Cases & Legislation, Bibliography, Appendices 1&2

●     World Book and Copyright Day

●     EU’s new action plan for copyright and digital platforms

●     Google News Leaves Spain

●     Exceptions impact on business: air your views on 20 October 2014

●     Last Copyright Exceptions Come Into Force Today

●     Copyright and the UK Economy

●     Copyright Briefing – July 14

●     Culture of the Public Domain – A Good Thing?

●     An Employment Focus on the Creative Industries

●     Copyright exceptions back on track

●     Exceptions Update

●     LBF14 – Day 2

●     LBF14 – Day 1

●     New Director for Copyright and Enforcement Speaks

●     Copyright and the Future of Global Content Industries

●     Commons Committee warns against diluting IP rights

●     CLSG Launch Report: Streamlining Copyright Licensing for the Digital Age

●     IPso FACTo debate at Stationers Company

●     Publishers Launch Global Exchange on Copyright

●     Funding given to kick-start Copyright Hub

●     IPO thoughts on copyright and the economic effects of parody

●     Modernising copyright – February 2013

●     Stationers and UCL in joint copyright research initiative for communications and content industries

●     Government publishes proposals for changes to UK copyright

●     Stationers offer bursary to copyright research student

●     Hooper recommends UK Copyright Hub

●     Copyright adds extra £3 billion to national accounts

●     Hargreaves warned on damaging UK creative industries

The second week in April sees the arrival of the London Book Fair 2014 to the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. A three-day exhibition bringing together publishers, academics, writers and all manner of parties interested in publishing and in books, it is certainly one of the highlights of the publishing year. Being a student, this blogger is lucky enough to avail of free entry to the London Book fair, and so could not fail to attend “the publishing event of the year”, as the website proclaims.

With almost 1,800 exhibitors and 250 seminars, it would be impossible to even begin to write about everything going on at the Book Fair this week, and so I will limit myself today to discussing the most enjoyable seminar I attended.

With a topic of “How Will Writers Eat? The Debate about Copyright and Writing in the Digital Age”, this copyright student was sure to be interested. The array of speakers from across the industry, with Shoosmiths partner Laurence Kaye chairing and speakers ranging from creatives to academics, and of course publishing professionals, the seminar certainly promised to be interesting. It was delivered as part of the CREATe programme of research.

Happily, the seminar delivered on its promises. It presented a balanced and nuanced view of copyright and the limitations it faces – the question of licensing territorial rights came up several times, and while it is clear that all parties are interested in finding a solution, no golden goose has yet appeared.

Perhaps one of the harshest criticisms was levelled at the Canadian Copyright Modernization Act of 2012, now approaching its second anniversary, which included education within its list of copyright exceptions, leading to the result that many publishers are leaving Canada. Students bear the brunt of this, having to cope with fewer Canadian-specific materials, and will have to continue to do so until the Act is reviewed in 2017.

And of course, as a vehement believer in Charles Clark’s declaration that the answer to the machine is the machine, chair Laurie Kaye also levelled the question as to what the role of technology will be in the future. The general consensus was that the answer to the machine is not the machine itself, but it is certainly in the machine – new and innovative ways of using technology to make licensing easier will help the publishing world adapt to the digital shift.

A final thought offered before our hour was up and we moved on to other things – licensing is so very pivotal to the operation of copyright, the discussion is sure to continue for much time yet.

For more information on the seminar topic and speakers, see here.

The London Book Fair continues for two more days. This blogger will be in attendance tomorrow and will endeavour to post a report of her activities.

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