Thursday 13 December 2012, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Dai Davis and Julian Heathcote Hobbins


Copyright is a ubiquitous right. It has been in existence in one form or another for over 200 years. It is perhaps therefore, not a surprise that its application in the digital age is fraught with difficulty.

Dai Davis, a specialist Information Technology lawyer for more than 25 years and Julian Heathcote Hobbins, legal counsel at the Federation Against Software Theft are therefore ideally placed to decipher today’s law of copyright. The government is continually legislating in this area, the most recent attempt being the Digital Economy Act 2010 which is only now being brought into force.

Dai and Julian will explore a number of issues including:

  • Copyright basics
  • Criminalisation of the law of copyright
  • Peer to peer networks and digital rights
  • Historic difficulties and the Digital Economy Act 2010
  • Continuing issues under the Digital Economy Act
  • The future of digital rights


Dai Davis

Dai Davis has been a specialist Technology Lawyer for over 25 years. He is also a Chartered Engineer. Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.

Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds for a number of years, Dai is now a partner in his own law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co. Dai specialises in intellectual property, computer and technology law subjects including such topical matters as E-Commerce, IT Security and Cloud Computing issues. He advises clients on commercial agreements relating to software and technology products, including outsourcing agreements and web-related contracts. His website is

Julian Heathcote Hobbins

Educated at The University of Kent and The College of Law, Julian Heathcote Hobbins is The Federation Against Software Theft’s General Counsel. Prior to joining the FAST in July 2001, Julian qualified as a solicitor and has experience in intellectual property law including working at City law firm Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard) on Anti Copying In Design (ACID) matters.

Julian is Deputy Chairman of the Federation’s Legal Advisory Group (FLAG) which has been running for 21 years and now includes 30 leading law firms. FLAG meets a number of times each year with Julian proposing the Agenda. Julian has assisted law enforcement agencies in criminal investigations including overseeing the securing of evidence for warrants plus The Federation’s Operation Red where police conducted a raid, made arrests and seized evidence following allegations of code theft. Julian advises the Federation on legal matters, which are often inventive in nature.