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Inaugural IMRO and Law Society Annual Copyright Lecture – 18 February
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Inaugural IMRO and Law Society Annual Copyright Lecture – 18 February

Join us for a complimentary lecture on European Copyright Law, from the Printing Press to the Digital Age - a Journey of Constant Change.


This complimentary lecture is at Blackhall Place on 18 February at 6.00pm. Speaking are Dr Mark Hyland, Law Society IMRO Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property and Professor Alison Firth, Visiting Professor at Newcastle Law School. The lecture is chaired by Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO


Ever since the invention of Gutenberg’s moveable-type printing press in the fifteen century, copyright has been in a constant state of evolution. Similarly, copyright law had to evolve significantly since its first real articulation in the shape of the Statue of Anne (1710). This lecture 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 so as to address new technical and technological changes. The theme of disruptive technology will be prominent, whether referring to the printing press or, the internet. More contemporary aspects of this theme 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.


Date:               18 February 2020

Time:               6.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue:             Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Law Society of Ireland

Fee:                 Complimentary
CPD Hours:   1 General (by Group Study)



Victor Finn, Chief Executive, Irish Music Rights Organisation




Dr Mark Hyland, Law Society IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property
Mark Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. He has a particular interest in Copyright Law. He also has a strong interest in the interface between Intellectual Property Law and related fields such as Information Technology Law and, Competition Law. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geolocation/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works.

Dr Hyland is a qualified solicitor and contributes articles on EU IP/IT Law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.


Professor Alison Firth

Alison Firth originally read Physics at Oxford and has an MSc in polymer physics. She later qualified as a barrister, practising in intellectual property chambers from 1983. From 1987 to 2004 she held full time teaching posts at the centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. From 2005 to 2009 she was Professor of commercial law at Newcastle Law School. She now holds a chair in law at the University of Surrey and is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle Law School.


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