The World Comes to London
On 12th October sixteen delegates from around the world arrived in London for the 22nd Advanced Level Training Seminar on Copyright and Related Rights, a two week seminar organised by the British Copyright Council for the World Intellectual Property Organisation and held in association with the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Delegates from countries as far apart as Jamaica, Romania and Tanzania met together for two busy weeks under the guidance of Florian Koempel and Dr. Gaetano Dimita to obtain a better understanding and some experience of UK copyright law, its theory and practice and to review it in the context of national, regional and international developments. The seminar addressed specific issues from the moral rights of authors to the challenges presented by cloud computing and examined the challenges for developing countries. Sessions took the form of presentations, case studies and projects. The seminar took place in IPO's Westminster office but included visits to PPL, PRS for Music and BPI.
As well as support from UK IPO, the seminar was made possible with support from industry sponsors:- ALCS, Bird & Bird, BBC, BECS, CLA, ERA, Musicians' Union, PLS, PPL and PRS for Music. Thanks are also due to the speakers who gave their time to the preparation and presentation of some fifty presentations, most of which are available to delegates in the Training section of the BCC's website for their future use.
Dates for the 23rd Seminar are 12th to 23rd October 2015. Those interested in participating are advised to contact the WIPO Worldwide Academy for more information.
Participants and Organisers at the close of the 2014 Training Seminar
Professor Adrian Sterling presents Maria
Machebe of the Nigerian Copyright Commission
with her certificate