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 Toby Bainton (corresponding member)
Farley (University of Winchester)
Ms Ruth MacMullen (University of Sheffield)
Morrison (University of Kent)
Professor Sol Picciotto (corresponding member)
Ritchie (Brunel University London)
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)
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.