Although Charles Clark was a staunch defender of copyright and the need to protect publishers’ investment in creative works, he understood that copyright has historically been a compromise, between exclusive rights on the one hand and reasonable access on the other.
Charles Clark’s obituarist in The Independent, 12 October 2006
The Charles Clark Memorial Lecture is an annual event hosted by The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), The Federation of European Publishers (FEP), The Publishers Association (PA) and The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) at London Book Fair.
The lecture aims to address the compromise between exclusive rights and reasonable access and brings together leading authorities on copyright; rights managers; authors; visual artists and anybody serious about the future of copyright in the content business.
Past speakers include: Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer, US Patent and Trademark Office; Richard Hooper CBE, Author of 'Copyright Works' and lead on the Government's Copyright Hub; Maria Martin-Pratt, Head of Copyright, European Commission; Dr Francis Gurry, Director General, UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO); Mary Beth Peters, Registrar of Copyright, USA; Jukka Liedes, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Copyright, WIPO.
SUMMARIES OF PAST LECTURES:
2014 Charles Clark Lecture - 'Making Copyright Work for a Global Market: Copyright Revision on Both Sides of the Atlantic'
The 2014 lecture was given by Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director of International Affairs at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
A record audience of 180 listened to her compare the issues involved in the pending copyright revision processes in the EU and in the US, discussing the nature of and reasons for the similarities and differences.
A transcript of the lecture will be made available shortly.
See a photo album here.
2013 Charles Clark Lecture - 'Copyright Licensing: Fit for purpose in a digital age'
Richard Hooper CBE delivers his lecture, "Copyright licensing: Fit for purpose in the digital age"
Richard Hooper CBE, Author of "Copyright Works" and lead on the Copyright Hub, argued that the publishing industry, alongside colleagues in other creative sectors, can significantly reduce the pressures on Government to make what they consider unwelcome changes to the law and unwelcome inroads into their commercial rights by ensuring that their copyright licensing processes and organisations are truly fit for purpose for the digital age.
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2012 Charles Clark Lecture - 'Copyright at the Crossroads: Who will control content distribution in a digital world?'
Maria Martin-Prat, Head of Copyright, The European Commission offered her thoughts on the following issues:
- How can creators reconcile the tension between making their work available and the right to object to it, or be paid for it?
- Are these rights best managed individually or collectively?
- What balance should be struck between public policy and business models when creating limitations and exceptions to copyright?
- How might changes to limitations and exceptions alter the role of the creator in the digital future?
2011 Charles Clark Lecture - 'Copyright in the Digital Age: Balancing publisher and creator income with access for the public good'
Francis Gurry, Director General of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), addressed the way in which digital technology and the internet have changed the relationship between content providers and their audiences. Generally we are seeing “low-value, high-volume replacing high-value, low-volume,” he said, and a “society-wide, large-scale experiment on how to engage with audiences.”
Underlying these changes, he observed, is the central question of copyright: “How can we ensure that content is available on the most widespread possible basis, to the community, while at the same time ensuring that by extracting some value from cultural transactions, we enable creators and their business associates to lead a dignified economic existence?
Watch video clips from Francis Gurry's lecture here
Clip 1: "Copyright is a system of balances" (2:38)
Clip 2: "We need a system of global licensing" (2:14)
Clip 3: Calling for Simplicity in Copyright (1:58)
A video of the Full Lecture (32 mins) can be viewed here
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