CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
The Internet is a haven for hackers and pirates. In publishing, this pitches the users' desire for easy access (fair play) against the creators' call for rewarded labour (fair pay). Some see this as a battle between copyleft and copyright. But, there's no reason why the two interests should not exist side by side. This one-day seminar will look at fairness in the digital world (authenticity, plagiarism, knowledge-sharing) and how the current laws uphold it (rights management, encryption, education). What should replace our out-moded laws? Speakers include Peter Shepherd, Chief Executive of the Copywright Licensing Agency, on how licensing benefits authors, artists and publishers; John Buckman on the freedom of Creative Commons; Sandy Starr, from SPIKED, on civil liberty. Chaired by Jane Dorner, from the CLA.