In the past week, CLA met with two professional copyright bodies from Japan to discuss and share ideas on educational licensing and fair distribution of royalties to creators.
On Monday 19, CLA's Madeleine Pow-Jones, Policy and International Relations Manager, and Heather Walmsley, Head of Operations, met with representatives from the Japan Copyright Office, Mr Naoto Kikuchi, Mr Kazuhiko Kawahara, and Mr Benjamin Tag. The group came together to discuss how educational licensing works in the UK as Japan looks to introduce its own licensing scheme for education. CLA shared how data is collected from licensees and is then processed to ensure fair distribution to rightsholders.
On Tuesday 20, a second meeting was held between Madeleine Pow-Jones, James Bennett, CLA's Head of Rights and Licensing, and representatives from the Coordination Committee of Japanese University Libraries, Ms Hiroko Kaiura and Mr Ichiro Mori. CLA shared information on the existing conditions and formation of the Higher Education (HE) Licence, which currently covers over 350 Higher Education Institutions across the United Kingdom, helping to make copyright simple for Higher Education libraries and valuable content more accessible for students and academics. The Committee were to meet with representatives from Universities UK later in the week.
As members of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), CLA is always happy to meet and share knowledge with fellow RROs and other interested parties. We look forward to all future meetings with overseas colleagues.