Recap: Rights and Permissions Panel

Recap: Rights and Permissions Panel

Our March 2015 panel on rights and permissions focused on careers in this area of our industry and included the following speakers:

  • Claire Blechman, digital asset manager at the Peabody Essex Museum
  • Becky Hemperly, VP of contracts, rights, & royalties at Candlewick Press
  • Benita Spight, SVP, content development shared services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Caitlin O’Brien, director of rights, Vista Higher Learning

The event was sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and moderated by Erin Foley of CCC.

Our audience of about 40 people listened to anecdotes from the trade and learned about the skills most needed to succeed: some of these are “sleuthing,” exceptional web research skills, the ability to parse contract language, and empathy for the content creator whose material is desired for license.

  • On the “sell side,” Becky stressed the need for a comprehensive rights database, so that publishers are aware of what they can license, and Claire discussed accommodating buyer needs by offering substitute selections.
  • On the “buy side,” Benita emphasized the need for rights and permissions to be involved in projects early, so that they can scope out potential blockers and offer alternatives. Caitlin discussed the particular permissoning needs of a foreign-language publisher, which include requests to license television commercials and editing material for local norms.

We will have another moderated panel on May 20, 2015: An Overview of Open Access. Watch our website and social media, or subscribe to our email updates for details. These events are free and open to the public.