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Within Your Rights?: Fair Use, Copyright and Commissioning for Authors & Pr...
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
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Within Your Rights?: Fair Use, Copyright and Commissioning for Authors and Producers with historian Antony Beevor, Karen Ghai and Charlotte Vaughan (BBC) and Max Rumney (Pact). Chaired by Nicola Solomon (SoA)
Have you seen a docu-drama, drama or factual programme that seems just a bit, well, close to your title or programme? What is protected by copyright and what is public domain? When does fair dealing apply? How should a producer clear rights, and how should producers and authors work together?
It’s clear when to option a novel for a drama, but with non-fiction and documentaries there can be grey areas. Non-fiction authors have complained of an assumption that their work can be drawn upon with impunity and some authors complain that they are consulted or interviewed for programmes but aren't commensurately credited or paid. Individuals don’t usually ‘own’ what they think is ‘their’ subject, programmes in development are not always commissioned; and some evolve over time so that the author is dropped or the initial request for a short contribution can lead to a larger (unbudgeted for) role. There are two sides to every story - what are the problems facing producers and authors in the use of non-fiction titles, and how do we resolve them?
Get the facts and join the BBC, Society of Authors and Pact to discuss best practice and variables with a view to establishing SoA/Pact resources for the benefit of all. Invited delegates will include SoA/Pact members, agents and industry executives.