Talking Copyright

As never before' before, the issues of copyright, the key role of creators in the global economy and how they can be adequately remunerated, are to the forefront all around the world. However, often the discussions are one-sided, lacking objectivity and often based on perceptions rather than hard facts.  Therefore IFRRO believes that the overall level of the copyright debate needs to be dramatically improved and, to this end has identified the following websites and bloggers, which have a record of speaking authoritatively on copyright issues.  This does not mean that IFRRO endorses or shares all the views expressed in them but merely believes that they are worth following.  The list will be regularly maintained and any additions should be sent to

Click here for some of the most recent contributions


1. Copyright Link

IFRRO has established as a single access point online for international and local information on copyright, with a particular focus on the text and image sector. This site includes relevant legislation, useful facts, details on the history of copyright, its value, usage and importance, in addition to news and events.

2. Copyright Hub

Copyright Hub was formed following the recommendations of Richard Hooper and Dr Ros Lynch in their report ‘Copyright Works'; which built upon the Hargreaves review ‘Digital Opportunity: a review of intellectual property and growth’, for the British Government. Their recommendations were accepted by the government and the creative industries who have funded the work of the Copyright Hub over the past three years

Since then The Copyright Hub has developed as a source of information about copyright, through its website at It has also become a valuable industry forum through its various working groups and boards.

3. Copyright Alliance

The Copyright Alliance ( is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing artists, creators, and innovators across the spectrum of copyright disciplines, including membership organizations, associations, unions, companies and guilds, representing artists, creators and innovators, and thousands of individuals. The CEO is Sandra Aistars, formerly Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc.

4. Creative Future

Creative Future ( describes itself as “mobilizing the Creative Community to speak up about the value of creativity. It is run by Executive Director Ruth Vitale, who is described as having “been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for more than three decades, including as Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and as President of Fine Line Features.”  She can be followed on Twitter.

5. 1709 blog

The 1709 blog ( is named after the year in which the Statute of Anne created the first purpose-built copyright law. The blog describes itself as "dedicated to all things copyright, warts and all."


Eleonora Rosati is an Italian-qualified lawyer (avvocato) with experience in the area of copyright with an EU, UK and Italian focus.  She runs the IP Kat blog, a personal web page and you can follow her on Twitter.

Laurence Kaye is Publishing & digital media partner, Shoosmiths LLP. He has a personal blog on Digital Media Law and you can follow him on Twitter.

Lesley Ellen Harris is an expert in American, Canadian, and international copyright and licensing issues and has authored four books on these topics.  She runs a blog on copyright, licensing and digital property and can be followed on Twitter.

Barry Sookman is a senior partner with McCarthy Tétrault in the Toronto office. He is the former Co-Chair of the firm’s Technology Law Group and was the head of the firm’s Internet and Electronic Commerce Group. He has a blog on Copyright, Intellectual Property, Computer, Internet, e-Commerce Law and can be followed on Twitter.

David Newhoff is a writer and filmmaker who has worked in various production capacities for more than 20 years. He has been a freelance writer, producer, director, and editor on a wide range of documentary, industrial, and television projects. He runs the Illusion of More blog, a personal blog and you can follow him on Twitter.

John Degen is a Canadian novelist and poet, Executive Director of The Writers' Union of Canada and a believer in the future of the book. He runs a blog on copyright called The Book Room and can be followed on Twitter.  

Michael Madison is Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Innovation Practice Institute at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He runs a blog on copyright and intellectual property law and can be followed on Twitter.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He runs a blog - Terrrible Minds that talks a lot about writing, authors and copyright.  He is active on Twitter.

Brandon Butler is  a copyright lawyer and a clinical teacher. He helped organize academic and research librarians around a set of best practices in fair use. He runs a blog and is active on Twitter.

Terry Hart is the Director of Legal Policy at the Copyright Alliance and writes a blog titled Copyhype, which is devoted to the analysis of copyright law, policy and history. He is also active on Twitter.

Gordon Platt  is an attorney, a former Emmy Award winning investigative journalist and founder of Gotham Media, a content marketing and strategic communications company. He runs three blogs – PrivacyNet (deals with privacy, data security and piracy), Creativity Tech (explores the link between creativity and technology) and Copyright International (explores IP issues around the world). He is also active on Twitter – PrivacyNet, Creativity Tech and Copyright International.

Devlin Hartline, a copyright lawyer, pens a blog titled Law Theories which concentrates on copyright law. He is also active on Twitter.

Jonathan Bailey is a writer, webmaster, advertising specialist who has a blog called Plagiarism Today. The site is targeted at webmasters and copyright holders regarding the issue of online plagiarism. He is also active on Twitter.