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11 November 2015

The sneaky elision at the heart of European Copyright Reform

Richard Mollet, 11th November 2015 Reading a leaked policy document from the European Commission feels a bit like taking a peek at someone’s diary.  There is a frisson to be gained from knowing you are reading something that the writer (probably) doesn’t want you to know and there is a sense of getting an insight…

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18 September 2015

Dealing with the (New) Labour Leadership

Richard Mollet, 18th September 2015 It is ironic that the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party is causing a more dramatic change in UK politics than the General Election result in May.  Four months ago, the ramifications of the result were relatively minor as the Lib Dems were ushered out of…

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01 September 2015

This Political Spring Promises Fresh Challenges

1st September 2015  The sun-tans are fading, school shoes are getting their first airing and policy statements are being dusted down and honed for the coming months of debate. September’s political rentrée is upon us and although it is technically Autumn there is always a more Spring-like feel to the air as we anticipate the…

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27 July 2015

Tackling Infringement: a Game of Two Halves?

Richard Mollet, 27th July 2015 The creative industries are turning the tide against infringement, but the battle is far from won.  The IPO’s latest survey on online copyright infringement (the “OCI Tracker”, prepared by Kantar Media) is a timely reminder of the importance of the availability of legal services in the battle against piracy.  The…

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03 July 2015

Getting into Publishing

Charlie Redmayne, 2nd July 2015  HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne provides a valuable insight into what publishers are looking for when recruiting. This is a golden age for book publishing, with more people reading than ever before across an unprecedented range of platforms and devices. As publishers we bring our authors and their stories to as…

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05 May 2015

Guest Blog: Universities, Publishing and The Government

Alison Baverstock, 5th May 2015 Coalitions, the NHS and our place in Europe (or not) seem to be emerging as the political issues of the moment, but another issue around which all the parties tend to have firm opinions, if not policies, is the role and development of higher education. So when the call went…

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28 April 2015

Books Ain’t Dead – Long Live the Adaptive Platform

Colin Hughes, 28th April 2015 ‘And what do you do for a living?’ ‘Well, I publish textbooks.’ ‘Really? That must be a struggle now you can get it all free online? … And anyway, books – surely they’ll be replaced with tablets/MOOCs/videos/games won’t they?’ That is a standard conversational exchange for most of us in…

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24 April 2015

What May May Bring?

Richard Mollet, 24th April 2015 We are less than two weeks away from the general election and with the polls stubbornly refusing to betray a preference for either of the two main parties, those on the fringe are able to maintain the prospect of their presence at any impending coalition negotiations.  In one way, and…

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26 March 2015

A Perfect Storm

Richard Mollet, 26th March 2015 A perfect storm is brewing in Brussels.   On 6th May the European Commission will publish its long awaited White Paper on the Digital Single Market.  This, we must hope, will provide much needed insight into the Commission’s thinking on the scale and scope of copyright reform which it believes is…

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20 March 2015

Our New Website

Richard Mollet, 19th March 2015 The appearance of a website is a pretty good indicator of its year of provenance, with the design cues and functionality of a site acting like annular rings on a tree stump.  It was obvious that our old site was showing its age, the colour palette and layout were decidedly…

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