Software Copyright Infringement

Monday 15 October 2012

6.00pm Buffet, 6.30pm Talk

Lecture Theatre 2, Octogon Building, Staffordshire University, Beaconside, Stafford

Free and open to both members and non members.


Michael Servian 

Michael Servian's session will be on software copyright infringement. He will be focusing on the following issues:

  • what is software copyright
  • how do you get these rights
  • what copying is ok, and what's not
  • what can be done about copying that's not ok
  • what are the implications for accessing/licensing software

Michael is a lawyer who has specialised in intellectual property, particularly as it affects the ICT sector, for over 20 years. Whilst also engaged in systems outsourcing, procurement, licensing and shared services, he has acted in many infringement cases over the years ranging from conventional licence disputes, infringement and disputed ownership claims, through to leading one of the teams in the first FAST "search and seize" civil action, several multi-million pound international corporate overuse/cloning claims, consortium system acquisition failures and numerous internet misuse matters including the reported cybersquatting case of Britannia Building Society-v-Prangley. He has spoken on copyright issues to various bodies including the BCS, WMITA, UK OnLine, the DTI, Chambers of Commerce, various trade associations and at international anti-counterfeiting conventions. He had a long-running newspaper column on "internet trading" before the expression "e.commerce" was coined! Michael has a PhD in Law, is a member of the BCS and a partner at lawyers Freeth Cartwright LLP.