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The future for the UK’s copyright framework

Morning, Thursday, 16th July 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will consider the future of the UK’s copyright framework.

Why this is relevant now - the context:

It takes place with:

  • the Government’s intention not to implement the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in the UK following the end of the transition period;
  • stakeholder discussion being held on the way forward for cooperation between online content-sharing service providers and rightholders under the auspices of the European Commission; and
  • increases in remote learning and research, wider demand for copyrighted content, and the offering of more open access to copyright content online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Areas for discussion:

The future direction of UK copyright policy:

  • The impact of the Government’s decision not to implement the directive, and options for the future direction of UK policy;
  • The role of the UK’s copyright regime in discussions on the future trade relationship between the UK and the EU, as well as with other countries;
  • Implications of options on copyright policy for the UK’s creative economy and more widely;
  • Practical considerations for:
    • the UK’s creative industries and IP-rich sectors including the music, screen, publishing and news sectors, as well as for
    • the UK’s tech sector and online content-sharing services with operations based in the UK.
  • Priorities and next steps for UK policymakers and regulators in developing the future copyright framework.

What can a UK-based copyright framework achieve?

  • Tackling the ‘value gap’ in remuneration for rightholders;
  • Determining the extent of online content-sharing services liability for the posting of copyright-infringing material on their platforms;
  • Further ways in which the UK might adopt its own approaches to key issues;
  • The practicalities of implementation, enforcement, and international and commercial agreements; and
  • Developing standards and best practice, including in redress and dispute mechanisms.

Online user rights and freedom of expression - we also expect discussion on:

  • The potential role of technology in tackling infringing materials on online platforms, its limitations and ‘over-blocking’ issues, and the implications for any future copyright framework; and
  • How the UK’s future copyright framework should account of the rights of individual users of online content-hosting services.

Copyright and the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The impact increased remote learning and research is having on copyright rules and restrictions, and
  • What enhanced access to and demand for online content during the pandemic means for rights holders in the short to long term.

The agenda:

  • The potential impact of the UK’s stance on the EU’s Copyright Directive on the future of UK copyright regulation, and implications for the UK’s economy and global competitive positioning;
  • Copyright and the COVID-19 pandemic - increased access to online content and resources, and what it means for rights holders;
  • Developing a UK future copyright framework that balances the interests of online publishers, content creators and IP owners with protections for freedom of expression and information online; and
  • Copyright policy and the way forward for achieving a fair, sustainable and open ecosystem for online content.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from media businesses, their suppliers and their advisors, content creators and rights holders, digital platforms, technology companies, software and app developers, representatives from the music industry and trade associations, film production companies, designers and architects, the digital advertising sector, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, further advocacy groups, and academics and commenters, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Solomon

Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Max Rumney

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Business Affairs, Pact

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Solomon

Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Daniel Guthrie

Director General, Alliance for Intellectual Property

Max Rumney

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Business Affairs, Pact


Andrew Lewer MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing

Lord Clement-Jones

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital) and Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Intellectual Property


Professor Martin Kretschmer

Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director, CREATe Centre, University of Glasgow

Victoria Gaskell

Partner, CMS

Paul Pacifico

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Music

Helen Keefe

Head of International Policy, BBC

Lucy Crompton-Reid

Chief Executive, Wikimedia UK

Dr Duncan Campbell

Senior Director, Global Sales Partnerships, Wiley

Dr Jane Secker

Senior Lecturer in Educational Development, City, University of London and Member, Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee

Chris Morrison

Copyright, Licensing and Policy Manager, University of Kent and Member, Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee

Jim Killock

Executive Director, Open Rights Group