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Copyright event cashes in

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Is copyright the best means to protect a creative person’s work? How do you go about chasing an infringement of your copyright as a photographer? Just who owns the copyright of images taken by robots?

These and other questions were explored in a talk hosted by the NUJ Glasgow branch on 24 August.

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The event brought together renowned photographer David Hoffman and University of Glasgow academic Dr Sukhpreet Singh to discuss ‘Understanding Copyright and Making it Pay’.

The audience was welcomed to the CCA in Glasgow by NUJ Scottish Executive Council member Layla-Roxanne Hill.

NUJ Scotland Assistant Organiser Dominic Bascombe explored the basics of copyright and ways that the NUJ assists members in challenging infringements and avoiding unfair contracts.

Dr Singh, a member of CREATe- the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy based at the University of Glasgow, explored Innovation and Alternatives to Copyright.

Citing various research he explored how copyright fails to address particular creative endeavours including French chefs, magicians, adult entertainment and fashion design. You can see slides from his presentation NUJ Event 2017 – Innovation and Alternatives to Copyright (Learning from the Negative Spaces) (4).

NUJ member David Hoffman explored the practical ways for those whose work may have been infringed, to chase payments. Utilising a number of online search and collection tools, he explained how the sometimes time consuming process could reap lucrative rewards.

He provided the audience with links via EPUK/Simon Crofts ( You can see more links here: ( and here: (

In a wide ranging discussion, the audience considered the difficulties in positing copyright in certain situations and the ways in which copyright ownership is developing with the increasing use of automation.


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