Wednesday 22 June 2016

Understanding Copyright

This course will be running again in 2017. Please contact Melissa Marshall for dates. For in-house enquiries (members only), please contact Amanda Whiting


This course provides an essential introduction to copyright law and how it is used in practice. Delegates will gain an understanding of the legal publishing landscape, and be able to make sense of their own organization’s contracts and licences.


  • What exactly is copyright: who owns it and who can enforce it?
  • Moral rights: what they are and how they affect publishers
  • International copyright framework: how it all fits
  • Managing permissions: what to ask and what to record
  • When you don’t need permission: ‘Fair dealing’ and ‘Fair use’ provisions
  • Making permissions easier: blanket licences, bilateral agreements and outsourcing
  • Introduction to Creative Commons and other online licences.

 By the end of the course delegates will be able to

Understand the principles of copyright and how it works in an international digital and print environment; ensure that the moral rights of creators are upheld; understand permission systems and best use of Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs) and outsourcing; understand the basics of online licensing in an open access or subscription-based environment

Who should attend  (Level 1 course)

People starting out in a rights or licensing role or with one to two years’ publishing experience in editorial and production functions in large and small organizations. 


Pippa Smart, PSP Consultingphoto of Pippa Smart

Pippa Smart is a research, communication and publishing consultant, working for her own company, PSP Consulting. She has been in scholarly publishing for over 20 years, working for CAB International, Blackwell (Wiley) and Cambridge University Press. She then became Head of Publishing at INASP, directing initiatives to support research publishers within Africa, SE Asia and Latin America. She specializes in editorial strategies and copyright, and has developed many training courses as well as providing advisory services for journal publishers around the world. She is the editor/author of the monthly ALPSP Alert newsletter, and also the Editor-in-Chief of Learned Publishing.

Tim Ryan, Memery Crystal        Tim Ryan

Tim is a commercial lawyer whose practice includes publishing (digital and print), digital media and technology. He advises various national and international media organizations, technology companies and other businesses ranging from start-ups to listed companies. He advises on a range of matters from intellectual property, including copyright, to data protection and e-privacy. As well as working in private practice, Tim has headed-up the legal team within a large multi-national company and held various board positions

Delegate quotes

“Very well presented course that gave me a lot to think about - and answered a lot of questions.”Gary Bell, RCNi

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00 
Members           £365.00 (+ VAT where applicable)  
Non Members   £530.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: 41 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH, T: +44 (0)203 176 2177 (Map) 
Contact: Melissa Marshall  T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.

Very informative and interesting. Plenty of opportunities to ask questions. I’ve gained a lot of practical information which will help my day to day working immensely.

Verity Butler,John Wiley & Sons

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 22 Jun 2016
  • Wed 22 Jun 2016
  • 41 Portland Place, Academy of Medical Sciences, London