How can we better educate our charity clients to protect them against copyright claims? with Nick Gibbons from Clyde & Co

Summary: With the increased use of the internet and the widespread availability of (seemingly) free video, audio, photographic, illustrative and written digital material, copyright infringement claims have become more prevalent. This may be particularly troublesome for charitable organisations who perhaps feel they are exempt and therefore can use material on their websites or social media platforms, as they are not exhibiting or distributing them for profit. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and charities are by no means immune to copyright infringement court cases and fines that can run into thousands of pounds.

Quote: “Brokers should be advising their charity and church organisation [clients] about all these sorts of claims. There is this general feeling amongst churches and charities that somehow, they're less likely to get into trouble with these sorts of things. And it's not only copyright; it's defamation, data breaches, inaccurate information... All these things are much more common because of the internet.”

Avoid the copyright web

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Run time: 14.06

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About the guest:

Nick Gibbons, Legal Director at Clyde & Co, specialises in intellectual property, cyber risk and data protection, and internet law.

About the host:

Faith Kitchen, Customer Segment Director at Ecclesiastical, is responsible for developing and maintaining our products and propositions to meet the needs of our specialist target markets. She maintains relationships with a number of key bodies in the heritage, charity and education sector, to ensure we fully understand what is important to customers and can develop useful insight and thought leadership. Faith is a member of the Underwriting Leadership Team.

In her spare time she serves as a Charity Trustee and a School Governor.


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Charity Risk Barometer Special Feature.  Avoid the copyright web.