Ward Hadaway & The Sharp Project present:
Whose work is it anyway? The future of Intellectual Property

Thursday 20th October 2011

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Intellectual property is at the heart of the creative sector’s success, but major changes are on the way.  The Government is looking to overhaul the current system in an effort to unlock an estimated £7.9bn of additional GDP and promote greater innovation and growth in the UK economy.

Changes proposed following a report led by Prof Ian Hargreaves include:

  • the establishment of a digital marketplace where licences in copyright content can be bought and sold
  • greater access to so-called ‘orphan works’ whose copyright owners cannot be traced
  • allowing more lawful copying, such as from a laptop to an MP3 player and copying that doesn’t conflict with the core aims of copyright

This is something no creative enterprise can afford to ignore.

That is why leading law firm Ward Hadawayand The Sharp Project are hosting a no-holds barred panel discussion on the issue, featuring expert contributors from the media, the music business, the film industry and the legal sector.

Panellists include:

Maria McGeoghan
Editor in Chief,  MEN Media at Trinity Mirror PLC
MEN Media

Editor of the Manchester Evening News and Editor-in-Chief of 21 MEN Media weekly titles

Ben Stoney
Head of Digital, The Mob Film Company

Ben has 8 years’ of experience at leading advertising and new Media agencies. Planning and strategy have always gone hand in hand with my expertise in the production side of all digital media. This has enabled me to consistently take brands focused on traditional advertising successfully into the digital realm making the most of their budgets and exceeding their expectations. Basically a techie that would rather be outside than in.

Key accounts: Taylor Wimpey, Asda, Umbro, Morphy Richards, Cravendale, FIFA and UEFA.

Greg Robinson
Connect 2 Media

Greg has worked within the mobile content arena since 2000. He has lead teams responsible for several ELSPA top ten games working with brands such Sonic, Monopoly, Guitar Hero and Tetris as well as launching several successful original IP’s such as Go Go Rescue Squad. He’s held senior management positions at iFone and Hands On Mobile Inc and is currently COO and co-founder of Connect2Media.

Christian Hill
Director, Project Simply

Christian is a director at Project:Simply, an established digital agency based in Manchester, specialising in the latest open source platforms to create unrivalled bespoke solutions for their clients. Their aim is to provide a complete solution from the early design stages to development and deployment, then telling the world through their high performance SEO and PPC services.

Key Clients: San Carlo, Peel Group, HSS, Salford City Council. Main Activities: Web Design, Open source Web development, Email marketing, PPC, Search Engine Optimisation & Social Media.

Jim Spencer
Ogenesis Recordings

Jim began working in music in ’92 as a tape op at Chapel studios and have spent the last 15 years working with countless bands and artists ranging from Robert Wyatt to New Order. Other credits include The Charlatans, Johnny Marr, Hatcham Social, Black Grape and Electronic.

Jim has recently joined up with Tim Burgess to form a new record label called OGenesis, and the first releases from Electricity In Our Homes, Joseph Coward and Replicas have all met with great reviews.

David Tolan
Music Masters Production School

David Tolan is a BPI platinum awarded Producer who has worked alongside such greats as Johnny Marr, Tori Amos, The Charlatans, Primal Scream, Denise Johnson, Tears for Fears, John Paul Jones (Led Zepellin), Patti Smith, Neill Finn as well as playing a key role in developing many up and coming Manchester artists over the years such as Cherry Ghost, Delphic, The Vanguards, 1913, Rubika, Dresden and Suzuki Method

In 2007 David was asked to join the staff of Salford University as a lecturer in Studio Production and earlier this year David set up Music Masters with fellow producer Jim Spencer teaching the fine art and esoteric skills of music production.

Laura Harper
Partner, Ward Hadaway

Laura Harper is a partner at Ward Hadaway, a UK Top 100, full service law firm.
Laura is Head of Creative Industries – a team of lawyers with specialist knowledge and experience of working with those businesses and individuals which operate within the creative and digital sector.

She is a specialist commercial intellectual property and information technology lawyer and her practice comprises companies and individuals whose businesses are reliant upon intellectual property (IP) – from “hard” IP i.e. patent and design rights (e.g. chemicals, biotec, electronics and manufacturing companies ) to “soft” intellectual property – copyright, trade marks and confidential information.(e.g. advertising and design agencies, games companies, major fashion brands, digital, film and TV companies, musicians and music companies),

The event takes place at The Sharp Project, itself a hive for creative enterprise, and promises to be a lively, informed occasion with the prospect of further discussion and networking after the main proceedings.