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Thursday, 31 July 2008

August Briefing on copyright issues

"Copyrights & Responsibilities"

Date: 19 August 2008


The Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BG

  • Meet from 1800 at the Society (main entrance, opposite Fortnum's)
  • Briefing - 1830-1930
  • Adjourn to pub (voluntary) - 1930

  • £10 (ABSW full/associate member),
  • £25 (Or join on night to receive £15 discount.)
  • Student - £2.00

The briefing will cover:

Copyright issues for beginners - issues surrounding rights grab, intellectual property and essential copyright law for journalists. Especially valuable for freelances.If you smith words for a living – whether as a freelance or staffer, or as a writer or commissioner – you need to know about intellectual property. This briefing will explain how copyright is the stock-in-trade of the writer, and the opportunities for earning it represents. It will deal with the balance between self-interest and duty that arises from the law of copyright and the associated issues of moral rights, attribution, the increasing problem of rights grab, and the special implications of copying in the digital age. If time and demand permit, it will also stray into simple law for journalists, and dream a bit about ways of improving the contract terms to which freelances have to submit.

The speaker, Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison regards himself as a fraudulent member of the ABSW. Sure, he does write, and has done it for a living, with roles ranging from staff producer/director in BBC television to lonely freelance churning out news and features for radio, magazines and newspapers. And he does have a bit of science, with a Physics BSc and a chunk of career spent developing new ways of teaching the stuff. But the skeleton in his cupboard is the long periods he has spent in management, both in large corporations and in developing small, high-tech businesses – even a stint working inside that most fearsome of business organisations, a management consultancy.


Non members who arrive with their forms (available from fully filled out will receive their £15.00 refund in the form of a reduced membership fee.

Attendance is limited to 25. Spaces will therefore be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve a place email now.

You will be told if you have secured a space. Students may pay in cash on the night. Others will be asked to send a cheque/make PayPal payment in advance to confirm it.

Places unconfirmed within one week will be offered to others.Cheques made payable to ABSW should be sent to: Dr Ted Nield, c/o the Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, LONDON W1J 0BG.

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