Below is a 3 year record of our seminars.
Below is a 3 year record of our seminars.
Speakers: Nicola Solomon Chief Executive Society of Authors, David Shelley CEO of Orion and Little Brown, Brigitte Lindner Associate Serle Court, Rechtsanwältin (Berlin), Gerlinde Schermer-Rauwolf German Writers' Union vice-president European Writers' Council, Maia Bensimon, in-house legal adviser of the Société des gens de lettres
The European Commission published a 320 page report on the remuneration of authors at the end of September this year. An extract from the press release issued by the Society of Authors indicates the salient findings. Downloaded the press release.
Speakers: Alexis Hawkes, Head of Intellectual Property, BBC IP Department.
Laurence Kaye (Laurence Kaye Consulting Ltd), who has been acting for the European Publishers Council.
Dr Richard Danbury, (Lecturer in Journalism and Law, Leicester De Montfort University. Formerly Postodoctoral Research Fellow on AHRC Copyright Satellite Project on Copyright and News in the Digital Environment at CIPIL, University of Cambridge).
Venue: The Old Library, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
This BLACA meeting features a panel of experts to discuss the latest questions surrounding the relationship between copyright and news. News organisations stand in a peculiar position with respect to copyright: for the most part their interest is in acquisition and dissemination of "facts" (details of events, incidents, statements, and opinions), material not protected under most copyright laws. Yet their output is usually expressed through text, photographs and (in the case of some news) film and broadcast media. As such, they benefit - or can benefit (depending on contractual relations) - from copyright protection in such works. But hitherto such copyright protection has mostly been of limited value: economic returns have been acquired instead through developing a reputation for accuracy or speed or both (being first with the news), which generates subscriptions and in turn advertising. To the extent that copyright has affected newspapers and new organisation, it has often been in terms of delineating the scope of exceptions that allow the reporting of current events.
Digital communications, particularly over the Internet, have disturbed what was hitherto a relatively quiet field, generating litigation and calls for legislative reform. Many print newspapers have seen significant declines in subscription as more news becomes accessible online, while advertising revenues have plummetted as advertisers have found more effective ways to advertise online (eg in response to keyword searches). Much of the ensuing litigation has derived from news organisations' concerns over practices of news aggregators, that is, third parties (frequently commercial in nature) which offer links to and snippets from news posted on newspaper and news organisation websites. Some news organisation at least seem to think of aggregators as parasites, and wish either to stop unauthorised aggregation or, at least, secure a share of the economic benefits such aggregators derive from identifying and supplying relevant links to their clients. More recently, news organisations have sought some sort of neighbouring right, and the Commission in September 2016 has issued a proposal for just such a right to last 20 years.
At the same time, digital communication have presented new possibilities for disparate individuals to contribute to news dissemination (so called "citizen journalism"). This raises difficult questions as to whether freedoms enacted with the interests of news organisations in mind - such as "fair dealing for reporting current events" - can now be relied upon by individuals who encounter material they think is worth "sharing". Moreover, if individuals can re-use material in this way, claiming that they are reporting current events, is it open to third parties (commercial actors) to offer platforms from which such matterial can be readily accessed. It was preciselty these sorts of issues that Mr Justice Arnold faced earlier this year in the English & Welsh Cricket Board v Tixdaq  EWHC (colloquially known as the "Fanatix decision"). The judge there recognised the real difficulty with determining where legitimate "reporting" (informing) stopped, and infringing "sharing for consumption" began.
Speakers: Daniel Segoin, Agent of the French Government at the CJEU, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nicholas Saunders, Brick Court Chambers, London.
Topic: Applied Arts under IP Law: the uncertain border between beauty and usefulness
Speakers: Martin Schaefer, Lawyer at Boehmert & Boehmert in Berlin.
John Mottram, Music Public Affairs Manager at PRS for Music, on the position in the UK and PRS for Music’s position in particular.
Andrew Yeates, Chairman of the BCC’s Copyright and Technology Working Group, on the perspective of smaller CMOs.
Chair: Dr Gaetano Dimita (Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute)
Main Speaker: P. Bernt Hugenholtz (Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam)
This is a joint seminar between BLACA and CREATe
Speaker: Marcella Favale (Bournemouth University), Martin Kretschmer (Glasgow University), Paul Torremans (Nottingham University)
Speaker: Magnus Brooke, ITV Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT).
Ted Shapiro, partner in the Brussels office of Wiggin LLP since 2013 and previously the Motion Picture Association's General Counsel in Europe, also based in Brussels.
Dr Helen Weeds, Lecturer in Economics, University of Essex. In 2003-4 served as Chief Economist at OFCOM.
Speaker: Toby Headdon, Senior Intellectual Property Associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Please note that the November Seminar is being held in cooperation with the IP Department of the Law School at Bangor University, Bangor Gwynedd, North Wales. Full details of the Seminar will be sent in good time to all members of BLACA (includinginformation about accommodation and travel to Bangor)
Speakers: Judge Fidelma Macken SC, Brick Court Chambers, London (retired Judge of the Irish Supreme Court and former judge at the CJEU) and Professor Antoon Quaedvlieg, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Time: 5pm Seminar Start, 7pm Reception
Venue: Bangor University’s Management Centre, College Road, Bangor (details of the Seminar room will be posted as soon as possible)
4* accommodation is also available at the Management Centre and 20 rooms have been provisionally reserved
Speaker: Maria Martin-Prat, Head of the Copyright Unit now in DG Connect
Speaker: Sir John Mummery
At this meeting we will be making copies of the ALAI book entitled ‘Moral Rights in the 21st Century, The changing role of the moral rights in an era of information overload’ available for Full Members to collect.
Speaker: Professor Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham
This year for only the second time in its 23 year history Professor Hugh Hansen's IP Conference will not be in New York but in Cambridge. The format of the conference is, as usual, a mix of plenary events and panels on the three subjects - copyright, trade marks and patents. An online form is available at fordhamipconference.com together with a partial list of speakers.
Registration fees vary depending on the category which the registrant belongs to, but BLACA members are entitled to a 15 per cent discount off the relevant fee if they enter the appropriate promo code.
In order to claim the discount, please contact Tom Rivers, the BLACA Treasurer, by email at email@example.com.
This is a joint meeting with the British Copyright Council.
The Small Claims Track in the IPEC has generated real interest, particularly among individual creators and performers and other rights holder SMEs who see it as providing an accessible and economic way of obtaining justice for infringement of copyright. It is hoped that this joint meeting will benefit those who represent and advise creators, authors and other freelance or small creative businesses as well as giving practitioners an insight into the operation of the Small Claims Track and how they might assist in its work.
Speaker: Chair – HH Judge Hacon, Presiding Judge, IPEC
Panel – John Walmesley, Educational Photos,
Gwen Thomas, Business & Legal Director,
Association of Photographers and Nicola
Solomon, Chief Executive, Society of Authors,
a Deputy District Court Judge,
and Janet Lambert, District Judge.
This is a joint meeting with IPKAT.
Speakers: Professor Jeremy Phillips, IPKat – Chairman
Professor Tobias Cohen Jehoram, De Brauw
Blackstone Westbroek N.V., NL
Dr Eleonora Rosati, University of Southampton
Time: 4:30 pm for a 5.00 pm start
RSVP: Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: The offices of Reed Smith
20 Primrose Street
London, EC2A 2RS.
Speaker: Dr Ros Lynch, IPO’s Director of Copyright and IP Enforcement Policy.
Adj. Prof. Dr. Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munich), will speak on CJEU's new public approach.
Prof. Dr. Jan Rosen, Professor of Private Law at Stockholm University, will speak on the Svensson case and the ALAI paper that preceded it.
Prof. Lionel Bently, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, University of Cambridge, will speak on the basis of the opinion of the European Copyright Society.
Debate. The speakers in favour were Andrew Yeates, General Counsel of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and a member of the British Copyright Council board and Frances Lowe, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Director, PRS for Music, and a member of the BCC board. Tom Rivers (Hon Treasurer BLACA) spoke against as did Sam Edenborough, President of the Association of Authors’ Agents.
Prof. Eoin O'Dell, Professor of IP at Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Martin Kretschmer - Professor of Intellectual Property Law at University of Glasgow and Director of CREATe
Dr. Kristofer Erickson – Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Social Sciences (CREATe)
Dr. Dinusha Mendis – Associate Professor in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM)
Jaani Riordan – Barrister, 8 New Square
Chair: Sir Colin Birss
Speakers: Dr Eleonora Rosati a regular contributor to the IPKAT, a member of the 1709 blog team, and guest lecturer at the EDHEC Business School, Lille, France; and Graham Smith an IP partner at the London office of Bird & Bird LLP and author of the Cyberleagle blog.
Florian Koempel, Prof. Uma Suthersanen and Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni
Layne Randolph, Esq. is a former in house counsel to luxury brand FENDI in Rome, Italy, and obtained a Master in IP Law at the University of Turin Law School in connection with WIPO. She is the founder of the Randolph Law Firm, P.C. and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues including IP in fashion.
The perspective of some of UK based civil lawyers.
Simon Clark, Partner & Head of Intellectual Property, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP