Head of Intellectual Property
Benjamin has a background in publishing having worked for Pearson Education internationally, as well as for Ordnance Survey. He is active in the Intellectual Property field within the UK having sat on a number of bodies including the BBC's Creative Archive Advisory Board, the UK Government's Creative Economy Programme (Competition and Intellectual Property), i2010 Digital Libraries Programme, as well as the Institute of Public Policy Research's Advisory Board on Intellectual Property and the Public Sphere. Benjamin currently chairs the copyright group of the Council for European National Librarians and sits on the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Copyright Research Expert Advisory Group.
Benjamin White is the Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library and currently chairs the legal working group of the Conference of European National Librarians. He also sits on the copyright working groups of IFLA and LIBER, as well the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Unregistered Intellectual Properties Research Expert Advisory Group.
Copyright law gets the upper hand - how contracts can no longer remove many rights users have in UK copyright law
Reviews of how changes to contract law protect copyright exceptions from override by contract, with use rights such as research, quotation, parody and particular uses within a library context.
20 years of hard work by our sector has resulted, at last, in the recognition that copyright laws are out of kilter with the digital age and many o