Digital Rights Clinic: Clearing Rights for Digital Distribution

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Digital Rights Clinic: Clearing Rights for Digital Distribution

March 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Space, in association with Arts Council England are hosting a workshop on digital rights.


This workshop, which complements the Digital Rights Toolkit produced by The Space, is an opportunity to hear from rights experts, dig into the issues that arts organisations and artists encounter when thinking about digital distribution for their work, and learn from strategies and solutions that have worked for other productions.


The workshop will include talks, case studies and small group surgeries when you’ll have the opportunity to put your specific questions to our experts. It is applicable whether you have a current piece of work you want to make or distribute digitally or are simply considering this as part of your future plans.



Ben Green, founder of Ben Green Associates. Ben advises on digital rights strategy, negotiation and management. Formerly Head of Rights Business Development at the BBC, he has advised the V&A, Tate Britain and on the musical ‘Lazarus’. Ben will outline what we mean by ‘digital rights’, and what you need to think about whether adapting an existing performance for digital distribution, creating new work for digital or producing marketing content for social sharing.


Music supervisor Alex Hancock. Alex will cover the challenges to be aware of when clearing music for use in your work, and ways of overcoming or working round those potential pitfalls. He’ll share insights from his work in TV, film and the arts from working on the broadcast of Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush: Movement of the People to his efforts to secure the rights to the Soviet Union state anthem for feature film ‘The Death of Stalin’.


Archive researcher Steve Bergson. Steve has worked extensively in TV, film, online publishing and video games. Steve will discuss identifying and clearing rights for archive material or existing art works, and creative workarounds and solutions if clearance is unfeasible or unavailable. He’ll discuss his work on Javaad Alipoor’s The Believers Are But Brothers to illustrate specific challenges you might encounter, including use of content from social media and how to proceed when your artistic vision may be at odds with the rights owner’s view.


There will also be an opportunity to ask the speakers specific questions about your content and projects following their sessions in small clinic sessions.


Further details

The workshop is intended for arts and cultural professionals and artists who are interested in distributing their work digitally. While the workshop is primarily focused on performance organisations and artists, it may also be of interest to visual arts organisations who are creating performed content or content which uses imagery under copyright, for example for social media.


Registration is from 11am. First session starts at 11.30am.



March 19, 2020
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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