Tue 17 March 2015 at 10.00 am

Copyright Masterclass

Please note the new date.

Simon Littlewood, Joss Saunders, Beverley Tarquini

Taking Place: Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford

Copyright, the bedrock of the publishing industry and of authors’ livelihoods, has never been more under threat in the modern era, and questions are being asked in a range of jurisdictions about whether current frameworks are fit for purpose. Change is already under way, and further change is inevitable. The issues surrounding copyright have never been more complicated and keeping abreast of the latest developments is a challenge for everyone in publishing.  At a moment when the new European Commission has ordered a comprehensive review of copyright, this new course addresses that challenge not only from a legal and editorial but also from a commercial point of view, reminding us that copyright and its future are the concern of everyone in the industry.

To reflect this range of perspectives, it will be taught by Joss Saunders, a pre-eminent copyright lawyer, Simon Littlewood, a leading industry practitioner, and Beverley Tarquini, Senior Lecturer at OICPS.

Delegates will be given a brief overview of the history and philosophy of copyright, including the Berne Convention, and a review of territorial copyright, its future and how it affects commercial practice. There will also be sessions on present and future change, piracy, the impact of digital delivery on copyright, lobbying for copyright exceptions, and copyright protection.  Throughout, the course will apply copyright in a practical context and will include tips for staying out of trouble when dealing with trademarks, permissions and libel.

The ‘Masterclass’ session will provide an opportunity for delegates’ individual questions to be answered by the team of speakers.

Audience: Experienced Commissioning and desk editors, production editors, permissions and rights professionals, contracts managers and staff, marketing and sales staff, who need to understand the increasing complexities of UK and international copyright

The Price of the Training course is:  £250