• Monday 14 December 2020

    Having the right copyright licences in place is important for any organisation. Common situations where a licence is required include: sharing and circulating digital content and press cuttings to staff; showing broadcast TV or playing the radio in reception or waiting areas and in staff rooms; using photographs, artwork and text in marketing materials and on the organisation’s website; and showing audio visual clips or playing recorded music as part of a presentation at customer/client events. Recently, the Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC) has begun demanding additional fees where your organisation shows (or intends to show) free-to-air broadcast TV at its sites for any purpose, including in office areas or spaces that are not accessible to the general public. If you have not already received a demand from the MPLC, it is likely that you will in the near future.

    In this 30 minute session, Wesley O'Brien and Roisin Bennett-Odlum discussed:

    • the range of copyright licences that your organisation may need in place in order to show, play or use film, TV, music and other media content in its day-to-day business activities and for the benefit of staff
    • the recent change in copyright law that opened the door for the MPLC to make additional demands for payment;
    • the circumstances in which a fee is (or is not) payable to the MPLC and how your organisation should respond,

    This session will be of interest to those working within your organisation’s in-house legal team, heads of department/service, and those responsible for content/media licensing.

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