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How will changes to copyright law affect museums?

Geraldine Kendall, 11.06.2014
MP seminar to explore how legal reforms impact museum work
The UK’s copyright laws are changing dramatically, and it is crucial for museums and galleries to stay up to date on how these changes will affect their work.

Reforms are currently underway to bring copyright in sync with the digital age and create a more balanced regime between copyright users and owners.

To address the latest developments, the Museums Association (MA) is running an MP seminar later this year exploring copyright reforms and their implications.

Copy this: The essentials of copyright will bring together an expert panel, led by copyright consultant Naomi Korn, to take attendees through the legal reforms, explore the importance of copyright in museum work and examine what museums need to do now to fully benefit from the changes.

The seminar will offer a greater understanding on how copyright law impacts museums’ digital literacy, collections management, compliance and income generation strategies.

Rebecca Atkinson, the MA’s online publications editor and organiser of the seminar, said: “Dramatic new copyright laws and the ever growing role of the internet and digital technology mean that this seminar is a timely opportunity for delegates to understand what the impacts will be and how their museums can respond.

“Our speakers are the leading experts in this area of practice so this is also a chance for delegates to speak to them and discuss how to benefit from the changes.”

Copy this: The essentials of copyright
takes place on 18 September at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

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