The 25th Advanced Training Course on Copyright and Related Rights, organised jointly by the British Copyright Council (BCC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and held in association with the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office, (IPO) provides attendees with a thorough overview of the copyright and related rights landscape from a UK perspective and sets it in an international context.

Delegates from around the globe arrive in London on 15th October to take part in the two-week Course.  Already confirmed are China, Costa Rica, Georgia, Laos, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru and Saudi Arabia.

With over fifty speakers covering at least thirty eight topics, this course is a tour de force of UK copyright.

The first week concentrates on context: national and international, legal basics, application of rights in practice, collective rights management and issues for developing countries.  The opening session includes a short keynote presentation by Dr. Ros Lynch, Director of UK IPO’s, Copyright and Enforcement Directorate, on delivering IP policy in a turbulent world.  Leading on the international context, the work of WIPO and its Treaties, is Michele Woods, Director of WIPO’s Copyright Law Division and Secretary of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, with the RNIB contributing to the presentation on Marrakesh Treaty implementation.

Moving on to the second week, topics include enforcement of rights, IPO presentations on the role of government, presentations by audio visual and broadcasting interests and rights in software and computer programmes, Brave New World – a debate with participants on the challenges presented by digital technologies and the internet, impact of political and social change from a right holder perspective, the relationship between authors, agents and publishers, overlap between rights and IP education and awareness initiatives.  Participants are expected to contribute to all presentations and discussions but will take the lead on the final day with their Project Reports.  Included in the programme are visits to PRS for Music, BPI and PPL.

The social programme includes a guided tour of some of London’s famous landmarks and a dinner hosted by organisations supporting the course at the historic Stationers’ Hall.

The Course has been organised in London by Janet Ibbotson, Chief Executive Officer of the BCC who, along with Florian Koempel, the BCC’s International Copyright Counsel and Dr Gaetano Dimita of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, has created a wide ranging and informative programme including speakers from a variety of organisations and professional bodies including many BCC member organisations, academics and legal professionals.

In 2017, the course is supported by Authors Licensing & Collecting Society, BBC, British Equity Collecting Society, Bird & Bird, BPI, Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, Musicians’ Union, PPL, Publishers Licensing Society, PRS for Music and Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.  IPO also makes a substantial contribution.

For more information contact:-  Sharon Smith at or Janet Ibbotson at or call 020 7582 4833.