17th September, 2014 at 7:00pm
Protecting Your Creativity
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On Wednesday 17th September, creative legal maestro Margaret Briffa kindly took time to share some vital wisdom with a group of YCN Members.

To coincide with the launch of YCN's partnership with specialist creative solicitors Briffa, founder Margaret Briffa visited YCN last night to enlighten guests on the steps they should be taking to protect their creative work and ideas in the modern network age.

With our guests comfortably seated, and snacking on the beautifully packaged Propercorn, Margaret began by outlining the basics of ideas in the eyes of the law and the fundamental steps that creative practitioners should be taking to protect them. A series of examples were presented, giving our guests practical insights into how companies large and small have stood up for their creativity in the face of plagiarism and other irking infringement. 

Many had come armed with questions to put to Margaret and she took time to respond to them all. Our favourite practical and simple piece of advice related to the thorny theme of pitching ideas to clients; whether as an agency or as an individual. Margaret urges us to always seek confirmation that these pitches are being done confidentially; either in advance by email, or verbally at the start of a presentation. A client's likely affirmative response is evidence enough as a starting point for action, should anything iffy occur thereafter. Another piece of advice that Margaret shared was specifically useful to those who hire freelance designers to support them on projects; if the requisite paperwork isn't in place to ensure their work is assigned to you, you will have problems assigning it to your client. Copyright, Margaret explained, is like a piece of land. It can't be passed from one person to another without a piece of paper changing hands.

Margaret Briffa

The door to YCN

Waiting to take the stage

Complimentary popcorn courtesy of Propercorn — Photograph by Owen Richards

A huge thanks to Margaret for taking the time to stimulate us in such a valuably practical fashion. YCN Members can benefit from complimentary guidance from Margaret and her team; and details of how to access this can be found in the Member Area. Interested in future YCN talks? Find out more here. Interested in Margaret's views on the impending Scottish independence vote on Intellectual Property? Read on here.


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Event Details
  • Location:
    72 Rivington Street,
    London, EC2A 3AY,
    United Kingdom
  • Start:
    17th September, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • End:
    17th September, 2014 at 8:30pm

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