IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture.


“European Copyright Law from the printing press to the digital age: a journey of constant change”

The Law Society and IMRO will host a free public lecture on copyright and copyright law on Tuesday 18 February 2020, as part of a unique partnership designed to highlight the importance of intellectual property to Ireland’s economic, cultural and creative sectors.

European Copyright Law from the printing press to the digital age: a journey of constant change” is the first-ever IMRO and Law Society Annual Copyright Lecture. It will trace the evolution of copyright and copyright law in Europe over the last six centuries and highlight how copyright has been forced to adapt to the digital age.

Delivering the lecture will be:

  • Dr Mark Hyland, Law Society IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property
  • Professor Alison Firth, Visiting Professor, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

The lecture will be chaired by Chief Executive of IMRO, Victor Finn.

The theme of disruptive technology will be prominent, and contemporary aspects of the topic will be examined in the context of the 2001 Information Society Directive and the 2019 Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market.

Event details:

  • 18 February 2020
  • 6pm to 7pm
  • Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Law Society of Ireland
  • Free to attend, but advance registration is required.
  • Read the brochure and register here.

IMRO Adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property Law

Last June, IMRO and the Law Society announced the appointment of Dr Mark Hyland as the inaugural adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law. IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland partnered to create the role in response to the fast-changing digital landscape and the inevitable on-going effects on copyright law and practice.

The professorship is a key resource to the Law Society in broadening the knowledge base of trainee and qualified solicitors in the expanding area of IP and copyright law. The expectation is that a solid grounding in this field of law will entice a new generation of lawyers into the music and entertainment industries.

Dr Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geo-location/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works. He is a qualified solicitor and contributes articles on EU IP/IT law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.

About IMRO

IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music in on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers, and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it.

IMRO´s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works.

With a global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work.

About the Law Society of Ireland

The Law Society of Ireland is the educational, representative and co-regulatory body of the solicitors’ profession in Ireland.

The Law Society exercises statutory functions under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2011 in relation to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline and regulation of the solicitors’ profession. It is the professional body for its solicitor members, to whom it also provides services and support.

The headquarters of the organisation are in Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.


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