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Law Society/IMRO copyright lecture to focus on ‘value gap’
Dr Mark Hyland and IP solicitor James Hickey at the 2022 lecture Pic: Cian Redmond

04 Apr 2023 / law society Print

Law Society 2023 copyright lecture focus on ‘value gap’

This year’s Law Society/IMRO annual copyright lecture will take place on 3 May at the Education Centre in Blackhall Place from 5.30 - 7pm.

This year’s lecture will examine the multi-faceted article 15 of the Digital Single Market Copyright Directive with special focus on the following issues:

  • Important carve-outs, to include “very short extracts of a press publication” and acts of hyperlinking,
  • The term ‘an appropriate share of the revenues’ (in the context of payment to individual authors) and how this term might be interpreted by the courts and various stakeholders,
  • A possible role for collective licensing in the application of article 15 in Ireland,
  • How well is the transposed article 15 working in Ireland, and is it succeeding in narrowing the so-called ‘value gap’ and market imbalance between press publishers and big tech, and
  • Report of the Future of Media Commission and its recommendations on rebalancing the relationship between media and ‘Big Tech’.

The lecture will be chaired by Victor Finn (Irish Music Rights’ Organisation). The speakers will be Dr Mark Hyland (Law Society IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property) and Dr Ula Furgal (lecturer in IP law, University of Glasgow).


Dr Mark Hyland is a lecturer at Technological University Dublin. His main field of research is intellectual property law, with a special focus on copyright law. Dr Hyland is a qualified solicitor and contributes specialist IP articles to the Law Society Gazette.

Dr Ula Furgal will speak on the intersection of copyright, information law, and media studies.

Attendance yields 1.5 CPD hours by group study and booking is now open.

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