Copyright is my passion
Get to know me.
This is the website of © HERE, the Copyright Consultancy founded by me, Alan Rae.
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 legislation and licensing and how they relate to education, business and the voluntary sector.
I have spoken at many conferences and seminars including those organised by CILIP, SLIC, Colleges Scotland and the College Development Network. I also work closely with the Scottish Further Education Sector, advising, supporting and teaching both staff and students.
In recent years, I have engaged with an increasing number of small businesses to help them find their way through the maze, either as users of third party content or to help them protect their own content, which might be an important revenue stream for their business.
My principal objective is to raise copyright awareness and literacy with as many people as possible in all sectors – education, business, local government and the third sector
Disclaimer – Although I hold an academic qualification relating to copyright, I am not a licensed legal practitioner, so please do not consider any of the information in these pages as binding legal advice. Thank you!
My principal objective is to raise copyright awareness with as many people as possible in all sectors - education, business, local government and the third sector
More about my story.
One day in 1988, I received a call from my College Principal and was told that I was to attend a meeting in Edinburgh – In the Principal’s words – “It’s to do with something called the Copyright Licensing Agency. I can’t get Mr X to go, so you’ll have to do it”. It’s not completely true that I have been looking for Mr X ever since then!
Since that fateful day, I’ve become immersed in copyright licensing and legislation and I backed up my interest by studying for, and achieving, a Postgraduate Diploma in UK, US, European copyright and related rights at Kings College, London in 2001.
I left Dundee College in 2009 and have continued to build my business.