In anticipation of the introduction of the
Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Universities UK and GuildHE established a standing Copyright Working Group (CWG) responsible for all copyright matters that have implications for the higher education sector. It is responsible for negotiating copyright licences on behalf of the sector if they are considered to be in the best interests of the sector. This includes monitoring their implementation, and raising issues with licensing bodies about any new products or services that they may wish to initiate that are related to copyright and likely to affect the sector.
The CWG also advises UUK and GuildHE on UK/EU legislative and other initiatives and if required prepares responses to them on their behalf.
Consulting other groups that have a shared interest in this area such as LACA, Jisc Collections and SCONUL is important in helping to meet these obligations.
The CWG is chaired by David Anderson-Evans. The current membership of the CWG, with institutional affiliation is:
Mr David Anderson-Evans (Chair)
Mr David Farley (University of Winchester)
Dr Elizabeth Gadd ((corresponding member)
Ms Ruth MacMullen (University of Sheffield)
Mr Chris Morrison (University of Kent)
Professor Sol Picciotto (corresponding member)
Ms Monique Ritchie (Brunel University London)
Mr Sam Roseveare (Universities UK)
Dr Jane Secker (City, University of London)
Mr Neil Sprunt (University of Manchester)
Ms Cat Turhan (GuildHE)
Ms Kate Vasili (Middlesex University)
Mr Ralph Weedon (University of Strathclyde)
Licensing coordinators may contact any member of the CWG about licensing and other copyright issues. All communications are treated in confidence and no references are made to individual names or institutions.