Within Your Rights?: Fair Use, Copyright and Commissioning for Authors and Producers with historian Antony Beevor, Karen Ghai and Charlotte Vaughan (BBC) and Max Rumney (Pact). Chaired by Nicola Solomon (SoA)
Have you seen a docu-drama, drama or factual programme that seems just a bit, well, close to your title or programme? What is protected by copyright and what is public domain? When does fair dealing apply? How should a producer clear rights, and how should producers and authors work together?
It’s clear when to option a novel for a drama, but with non-fiction and documentaries there can be grey areas. Non-fiction authors have complained of an assumption that their work can be drawn upon with impunity and some authors complain that they are consulted or interviewed for programmes but aren't commensurately credited or paid.
Individuals don’t usually ‘own’ what they think is ‘their’ subject, programmes in development are not always commissioned; and some evolve over time so that the author is dropped or the initial request for a short contribution can lead to a larger (unbudgeted for) role. There are two sides to every story - what are the problems facing producers and authors in the use of non-fiction titles, and how do we resolve them?
Get the facts and join the BBC, SoA and Pact to discuss best practice and variables with a view to establishing SoA/Pact resources for the benefit of all. Invited delegates will include SoA/Pact members, agents and industry executives.
The event is free to attend, please reserve your space by booking a ticket via Eventbrite, or calling 020 7373 6642 quoting event code 613.
For any queries please contact Poppy Rosenberg on PRosenberg@societyofauthors.org
About the Speakers
Antony Beevor, a former Chair of the Society of Authors, is a historian of the 20th Century. His eleven books, including Stalingrad and Berlin, have been translated into thirty languages, won numerous prizes and altogether sold more than seven million copies.
Karen Ghai is a qualified Lawyer at the BBC with a copyright background and over 20 years experience in rights, clearances and distribution. She is in the BBC central Business Affairs department working on pan BBC agreements and relationships. Karen has extensive experience working with production departments – bot at the BBC and freelancing in the independent sector. She has previously worked in the Education sector on initiatives such as the British Library’s Sound Archive – clearing the archives for university educational use. Karen is a member of FOCAL and has a Masters in UK, US & European Copyright Law.
Charlotte Vaughan is an intellectual property lawyer with a particular interest in copyright. She worked in private practice for 10 years after qualifying, and then joined the BBC Worldwide legal team advising the publishing division before moving across to the central IP team in BBC Legal. She advises programme makers and the Rights and Business Affairs teams across all genres on copyright and on fair dealing. She also works closely with the BBC’s Policy team on domestic, European and International copyright initiatives and has contributed to all of the many Government consultations on copyright over the recent years. She is currently involved with advising the BBC on the various Commission proposals which are informing the new EU Digital Single Market Strategy.
Max Rumney is a solicitor specialising in television and film law. He qualified with media lawyers Frere Cholmeley Bischoff (now part of Eversheds). Before joining Pact, he worked for DCD Media Plc (formerly September Films), where he was Head of Legal and Business Affairs, and Carlton TV Productions, where he was Senior Business Affairs Executive. Max represents Pact on the boards of AGICOA (International TV Retransmission Collection Society) and the Joint Industries Grading Scheme for Film and TV.
Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the SoA since 2011, is a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience in intellectual property and media law. She has an in depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract.