Copyright law and market economics: who does the dancing and who calls the tune? - 7 October 2009

When: 07/10/2009

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A meeting of the Scottish Society for Computers & Law

Iain G Mitchell QC, Chair of SSCL

Will Page, Chief Economist, PRS for Music
Niklas Ivarsson, Director of Content, Spotify, Sweden

With p2p driving recorded music revenues down to their 1994 level, and over two million people now addicted to Spotify in the UK alone, SSCL debate intellectual property at a critical tipping point; where access trades-off against control.

Speakers details:
Will Page
is Chief Economist of PRS for Music. Based in London, and a graduate of Edinburgh University, Will provides analytical support to PRS for Music, which represents over 60,000 songwriters, composers and publishers, and presents economic insight to the wider media, legal and technology communities. His most notable work to date has been on Radiohead’s In Rainbows, the Long Tail theory and a presentation to the 2009 Edinburgh International TV Festival on p2p in television and film. (

Niklas Ivarsson is Director of Content at Spotify in Sweden. Based in Gothenburg, Niklas is responsible for catalogue licensing and business development. Since its launch in late 2008, Spotify has captured the attention of over two million addicted users in the UK, and over six million worldwide who enjoy free, simple and instant access to ‘spot’ and ‘identify’ millions of music tracks. With imminent plans to launch in China and the USA, we are honoured that they will be able to participate in this SSCL session. (

Administration notes:
Attendance at this meeting is free for all SCL members and their colleagues.  SSCL members are asked to encourage their colleagues to attend this event in order to introduce them to SSCL.

Venue: School of Informatics, Edinburgh University, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB. (

Time: Registration from 5.30 pm.  Meeting starts at 6 pm.

CPD: 1 hour. CPD credit (Scotland): For Scottish Solicitors and Advocates, the meeting offers 1 hour CPD.

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