PLS has partnered with book print specialists Halstan to fund and produce 16,000 Ukrainian-language books for newly arrived refugee children in the UK as part of the Ukrainian government’s ‘Books Without Borders’ initiative, which has been coordinated in the UK by the Ukrainian Embassy. The project had a special launch event at the British Library, where the Ukrainian families were able to collect some of the newly printed books. The initiative’s patron, the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, also joined the event virtually from Kyiv and spoke to the children in attendance about the books they had received.
PLS would like to thank all those who supported and took part in the project. The books will now be distributed to local authorities across the United Kingdom.
6th July 2022, Stationers Hall
After two years of pandemic disruption, an audience from across the publishing world returned to the newly refurbished Stationers’ Hall to join PLS for its Annual Rights and Licensing Forum. A packed afternoon saw PLS present an update on the progress made over the past year as well as an insightful policy panel packed with experts on the latest developments in Westminster and beyond. The day was nicely rounded off with a drinks reception hosted by PLS in partnership with Book Aid.
The State Opening of Parliament formally opens the new 12-month parliamentary session and is a chance for the government to set out its parliamentary priorities for the next year.
The new session starts amidst the turbulent backdrop of war in Europe, which has added to continuing pressures on global supply chains and energy prices caused by the Covid pandemic. The political agenda domestically has also been dominated by news that the leaders of the two main political parties have been investigated for Covid lockdown breaches, with the Prime Minister receiving a fine and the Leader of the Opposition promising to resign if fined himself.
“The Answer to Platform Regulation is in the Regulation of Platforms” by Professor Mark D. Cole
The 2022 Charles Clark Memorial Lecture was the closing event at this year’s altered but well-attended London Book Fair at Olympia London. The annual Memorial Lecture, and Book Fair highlight, celebrates and remembers the achievements of Charles Clark who was a publisher, lawyer, and eminent authority on copyright law.
5th - 7th April 2022, London Olympia
Despite numerous challenges, the welcome return of the London Book Fair at the Olympia London proved to be a big success. Attendees, who may now be more used to holding virtual meetings, were able to meet each other in person after two years of Covid disruption. In addition to formal meetings, the Fair was also host to countless unplanned catch ups and impromptu reunions as attendees bumped into old friends not seen since the start of the pandemic.
CLA has been aware of the need for a licensing solution for organisations that deliver training for some years. Where organisations – private or public – deliver free or paid-for training to delegates who are neither registered students at an educational establishment, nor staff, the terms of the Education or Business Licences do not apply and therefore any copies made for this purpose would be infringing. As well as the requirement to deal with current licensees who hold a licence that does not meet their needs, we are also aware of unlicensed organisations who could be targeted with a new licence specifically aimed at training.
To participate in the consultation, read the minutes, presentation and consultation paper. Please note that these are password protected and are accessible to publishers signed up with PLS only.
If you have any comments on the consultation, please email here.
The consultation will end on 30th November 2021.
In a revamped, virtual format, Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and British author Tom Chatfield, discussed the development of Artificial Intelligence from both legal and ethical perspectives and considered its implications for copyright and copyright-based industries. The session was moderated by Florian Koempel.
Expert-led modules show publishers how to make the most of their assets and grow the value of their business.
The interactive training material is a part of The Rights & Licensing Hub, PLS’ portal of rights-related material. It includes answers to frequently asked questions about copyright, rights and permissions, and directories of training, learning and support resources.
Register for the free training now at www.pls.thinkific.com
Our recent Rights & Licensing forum took a look at how the publishing sector is coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the ways publishers can maximise their revenues included a presentation with research suggesting opportunities to generate revenues from permissions are being missed. The forum concluded with an overview on the publishing sector with the CEOs and leaders of our trade association members. Click here to see a recording of the event.