Bernadette Attwell owns and runs in partnership with Alma Hales a copyright/rights consultancy business: Copy-Right Consultants Limited which offers practical advice on copyright/rights across all media with a strong emphasis on the educational sector. She has a post-graduate diploma in UK and European Law of Copyright and Related Rights and a wealth of experience in advising on and managing the practicalities of rights and copyright clearance in an educational multi-media production setting. Bernadette worked for many years at The Open University as Deputy Head of IP and took early retirement to live in Ireland and devote more time to the consultancy business. Copy-Right Consultants worked with for example, with The British Library Sound Archive to bring much of its sound archive on-line direct to the educational communities. She is currently copyright consultant on the Open University OpenLearn initiative. Bernadette is well known and respected as a leader of copyright seminars for the educational, broadcast and multi-media industries.
Alma Hales is Rights Manager at the Open University, Milton Keynes. She manages a team of Contracts Executives and Media Assistants who have responsibility for clearing a wide range of third party content in a timely and cost effective way. Part of her remit is to provide policy for the OU and give expert copyright advice to faculties and project teams and to manage the clearance of product for exploitation by the University’s marketing arm. The work requires an in-depth working knowledge of the CDPA 1988 as well as sound administrative skills and significant experience of media industry best practice. She was responsible for advising and negotiating copyright licenses acquiring content for the JISC funded MAAS project. Alma is also owner/director of Copy-Right Consultants Limited which she runs in partnership with Bernadette providing many differents aspects of rights advice, including training through practical workshops for many customers.