your guide through the copyright maze

Copyright is everywhere - from the cereal box at breakfast, to the movies on TV in the evening.


We are all consumers of copyright – the music we listen to, the books we read, the movies we watch, the shows we attend, the social media we engage with – all are subject to copyright.  It’s all “other people’s stuff” and we need their permission, either directly or indirectly to use it.

Copyright, in most cases, works very well, but when it goes wrong, it can cause great damage to both finances and reputation.

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I have been involved with copyright for over 30 years and I’ve been running © HERE for 20 years.

About Me.

I have been involved with copyright for over 30 years and I’ve been running © HERE for 20 years. In that time, I have gained a comprehensive knowledge of copyright legislations and licensing and how they relate to education, business and the voluntary sector.

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From Copyright Advisory Service to Copyright Strategy

What we do.


Copyright Advisory service

  • Text
  • Music
  • Images
  • Video
  • Broadcasts
  • Social Media
  • Web Sites
  • Licensing


Copyright Awareness Raising

  • Individuals
  • Business networks
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Training companies
  • Consultants


Copyright Presentations

  • In person
  • Online
  • General copyright
  • Specific copyright issues


Copyright Guidelines

  • Custom written
  • Business wide
  • Sector wide
  • Organisation wide


Copyright Policy

  • Organisational systems and procedures
  • Engaging with third parties
  • Dealing with licensing agencies
  • Ownership of copyright
  • Solutions to problems
  • Responsibilities


Copyright Strategy

  • Risks
  • Mitigation
  • Education
  • Use of third party content
  • Protection of the organisation’s own content
  • Confidential information

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Copyright workshops organised by © HERE are informal and entertaining.
They are full of relevant copyright examples and always prompt very good discussion.

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Something to say


Raised awareness of copyright (and other aspects of intellectual property that will be referred to in this blog) can bring considerable benefit to all those who either are trying to protect their own creative content or are using third party content in their own work.  Those benefits can help you be profitable, cut costs, share your content and stay out of jail.

“Copyright in a World of Digital Delivery”

Here’s a link to a webinar I contributed to on Friday 3 April 2020 as part of the Virtual Bridge series, organised and operated by Jisc and College Development Network.
My brief was “Now that we’re delivering the curriculum online for the most part, what does this mean for copyright as the content we share becomes wholly digital? No more photocopying or physical handouts as content is delivered via digital text, audio and video. Where does copyright fit in with this and what does it mean in terms of licences and legislation?”

A recording of the webinar is here:

And you can find the presentation, with supporting notes, here:

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For a selection of over 200 tracks, some already published, some new, from the prolific composer and musician, Moby.

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Customers reviews

What people say.

Thank you for all your support this year. It has meant a lot to have your wisdom and encouragement.
Jill Duke
Jill Duke's Empowerment Academy for Girls
Thank you so much for all your support and the information Alan, it’s very much appreciated.
Jill Reid
Information Services Manager, North East Scotland College
We have appreciated the sessions you have supported us with in 2020 the feedback from both was excellent as always.
Michelle De Almeida
Business Development Manager, Women’s Business Station
Wow Alan this is most helpful. Once again our sincere appreciation for your time and most importantly sharing your passion. Really enjoyable and informative session.
Lee Lappin
Creative Director, Dundee and Angus College
Thank you, very much.  That was a very informative enjoyable session and was well attended with some good questions! You are a fountain of knowledge.
Jasmin Hodge
Learning Technology Co-ordinator, Forth Valley College
It should be me thanking you for sparing the time to do this – and deliver what I think, has been the best presentation to date.
Adam Cheise
Education Technologist, College Development Network

Your guide to the copyright maze​

Don't get lost, don't get confused​, don't get caught

Copyright without the jargon