In response to the fast-changing digital landscape and the inevitable ongoing effects on copyright law and practice, IMRO has partnered with the Law Society of Ireland’s Education Department to create an IMRO adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property (IP) Law. This position will be a key resource to the Law Society in broadening the knowledge base of students in the expanding area of IP and copyright law. The expectation is that a solid grounding in this field of law will entice a new generation of lawyers into the music and entertainment industries.
The inaugural professor is Dr Mark Hyland. His area of specialisation is copyright law and his PhD thesis, awarded from Newcastle University in 2014, concerned the intersection between Copyright Law and Private International law. His doctoral thesis critically evaluated online copyright infringements and the application of the Tort Private International Law rules to such infringements.
The professor’s expertise will be used to create a new IP module at the Law Society’s’ Law School and the newly appointed professor will deliver an IMRO annual lecture. He will be centrally involved in course design for the Law Society’s professional and post professional qualification courses and will lecture on relevant professional training courses, seminars and conferences.
Director of Education at the Law Society T.P Kennedy says; “IP is a growing area of practice because of the tech companies that have set up their headquarters in Dublin. IMRO’s work in protecting the rights of Irish composers, authors and songwriters is being achieved in conjunction with solicitors and barristers. It is lawyers who are spearheading the implementation of these rights and therefore we need to train up the next generation of graduates.”
The Law Society’s Law School offers pre-qualification training for those wishing to train as solicitors as well as a range of accredited post qualification courses and ongoing training for solicitors.