SSP/AAUP Web Seminar: How to Combat Digital Piracy on a Budget


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How to Combat Digital Piracy on a Budget


Computer networks have radically changed the economics of distribution. With transmission speeds approaching a billion characters per second, networks enable sending information products worldwide, cheaply, and almost instantaneously. As a consequence, it is easier and less expensive both for a rights holder to distribute a work and for individuals, or pirates, to make and distribute unauthorized copies. With a few key strokes, one individual can deliver perfect copies of digitized works to scores of others or upload a copy to websites where thousands can download it or print unlimited paper copies. Just one unauthorized uploading could have devastating effects on the market for the work. A recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization suggests that unauthorized copying of academic journals and books results in billions of dollars in lost revenue for publishers every year. However, in recent months, some publishers have responded to the dilemma by setting up coordinated services for the detection and repression of pirate activities. In this seminar, speakers from two publishing organizations will explain how their systems work and describe the approaches they have taken. An expert publisher will also present her experiences at the intellectual property coal face.



Alicia Wise, Chief Executive, Publishers Licensing Society. Ms. Wise joined PLS in January 2004 and represents the organization, its mission, and its values to publishers, partners, information users, and government. She provides leadership and support to the PLS team, ensuring they have the resources they need to implement PLS strategy in an efficient and creative manner. Alicia holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to joining PLS, she worked as an academic and archaeologist, then joined the Joint Information Systems Committee first to manage national negotiations for access to a broad array of intellectual property and then to direct research and development programs to stimulate the innovative use of information technology in higher education.

Mr. Ed McCoyd, Executive Director for Digital, Environmental & Accessibility Affairs, Association of American Publishers Ed McCoyd is an attorney and Executive Director for Digital, Environmental & Accessibility Affairs at the Association of American Publishers. He works on issues including the use of digital technologies to market, sell, and distribute publishers' products; the prevention of electronic piracy of books and other works; environmental issues associated with the procurement of book paper; and the provision of accessible instructional materials to students with disabilities.

Prior to joining AAP's staff, Ed served as Director of Legal Services at the Authors Guild, providing licensing and copyright advice to published writers and advocating for authors' rights. Ed is also the author of the book To Live and Dream: The Incredible Story of George Foreman, available from New Street Publishing.



Daphne Ireland, Director of Intellectual Property &  Documentary Publishing, Princeton University Press. Ms. Ireland is responsible for intellectual property issues at PUP, one of the largest university presses with an output of over 300 book titles a year. In the last few years, she has been a leader in detecting piracy and enforcing "take down" notices and has succeeded in having several hundred books removed from websites where they were being offered free, in violation of copyright. She is a frequent speaker on contract law, permissions, and other intellectual property issues in publishing.



Charles Watkinson, Director, Purdue University Press. Charles serves as Co-Chair of SSP's Education Committee and is a member of the SSP Board of. Directors. He joined Purdue University Press in 2009. He was previously Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies, based in Princeton, NJ. He has over 15 years experience in the academic book and journal business, working variously as a librarian, bookseller, and book distributor before becoming a publisher.


Registration Fees:

SSP and AAUP Members: $99

Non-Members: $149




January 21, 2010through January 21, 2010
Web Seminar-Thursday, January 21, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time
Your Computer, Online

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Main Registration Seminar Fees

SSP Member: $99
Non-Member: $149

AAUP Members AAUP Members: $99
Organizational Members Only Seminar Fees

SSP Organizational Members Only: $99


Events for Thursday, January 21, 2010 Date Time
2010 SSP Web Seminar: "How to Combat Digital Piracy on a Budget" Jan 21, 2010 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM

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