PLS Open Meeting 2017

PLS Open Meeting 2017

Date: Thursday 6 July, 2017
Venue: The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, 8 South Square
Time: 2:00pm for a 2:30pm start; ending with a drinks reception from 5:30pm
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The PLS Annual Open Meeting 2017 is being hosted at The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn.

* Keynote Speaker Announcement *

We are delighted to announce Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England as our keynote speaker. His much-anticipated closing session will look at the importance of the Arts Council England’s investment in literature and literacy.

The programme for the afternoon will also include:

  • An overview of PLS activities, with Sarah Faulder, Chief Executive, Publishers Licensing Society  
  • Introducing PLS Permissions, with Tom West, Chief Operating Officer
  • A Licensing Agency update, with the Copyright Licensing Agency's CEO, Mat Pfleger; and Neil O’Brien, Commercial Director for NLA media access.

Breakout sessions will include:

  • Accessibility — A Success Story
    Chaired by Mark Bide, with Richard Orme, CEO for the DAISY Consortium, and Emma House, Director for Publisher Relations at the Publishers Association
    For the last decade, technology has provided increasingly effective solutions to the challenge of making reading accessible to people whose use of print is in one way or another impaired. A growing number of publishers have realised that their response to these potential customers needs to evolve radically. Our panellists will each provide a brief overview on the success that has been achieved, and will discuss the practical steps that publishers should be taking now to ensure that the momentum does not falter.

  • Collective Licensing: Successes, Challenges and Transformation
    With James Bennett, Head of Rights and Licensing at the Copyright Licensing Agency.
    James will give an overview of CLA’s licensing activity in its core sectors, including an update on enhancements to its suite of corporate licences, and new methods of collecting usage data. James will explain how CLA is addressing challenges and user needs in each sector, with innovations including the Digital Content Store (DCS), a workflow tool that simplifies copyright for Higher Education customers.

The event is open to all publishers signed up with PLS, and those in related industries.

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