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Copyright and the flow of news: An Informal Coffee Chat & Discussion with Richard Danbury

November 10, 2015
02:00PM - 03:30PM

CGCS Conference Room
3901 Walnut Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Speaker: Richard Danbury

Categories: Meeting

Are we attempting to copyright the news? Can we? Should we? Why should we? These questions are the focus of a current Cambridge University study into various legal interventions designed to respond to threats to news in a digital era. It may seem a novel and curious thing to do, but there’s a long history attempting to use copyright to control the flow of news, dating back at least to 1622. The intention of the discussion is to investigate how matters are playing out with regard to digital news and copyright issues in different jurisdictions and news cultures around the world. In this informal coffee chat, Richard Danbury explains some of the history, describes recent developments, and sketches out some of the thorny questions that arise from copyright and news.


Dr Richard Danbury is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, a Researcher at the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, and and Associate Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London University. He has a background in law and broadcast journalism. He is currently the research associate on the AHRC- funded study: “Appraising Potential Legal Responses to Threats to the Production of News in the Digital Environment”. He practised in London, briefly, as a criminal barrister at 9-12 Bell Yard, before spending a decade at the BBC, working mainly in TV news and current affairs. He worked in investigations and political interviews. He was the Deputy Editor of the BBC’s 2010 Prime Ministerial Debate, and is currently the coordinator of Channel 4’s investigative journalism training scheme.