February news from the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture.

The Film Matters series continued in February. Following the successful Ex Machina screening in January, we screened AI on 3 February, with Paresh discussing the film afterwards with Dr Markos Mentzelopoulous (FST). The following week, Centre Fellow and Artist in Residence Mike Garry introduced The Imitation Game, which included him debuting a fragment of work he is developing with Philip Glass as part of an ongoing collaboration on the mathematician Alan Turing.

February has been a busy month for events generally. Steve and Danilo both gave papers as part of the Law School lunchtime seminar series, and we welcomed back two former students to the Law School as part of the Theory Meets Practice series. First Stuart Barry (LLB, 1995), Partner at Swan Turton LLP, spoke on Soundtracks and Music: Synchronisation Rights in Practice. Secondly, Simon Anderson (LLM Entertainment Law, 2015), Director of Publishing at audionetwork, gave a talk entitled Stop me if you Think That you’ve Heard this One Before: Music, Copyright and Plagiarism. The talk was accompanied by Simon playing the keyboard as well as various clips and having the audience voting as to whether infringements had taken place. Both of these events were well received by an appreciative audience. We were particularly delighted that current students were able to see what two brilliant former students had achieved.   

In other news, Steve Greenfield and Guy Osborn delivered a number of papers at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Guy presented UK Legislative Responses to Ticket Scalping at Sporting Events: What US Legislators Can Learn From the British Experience, part of his ongoing research project with Professor Mark James (MMU). Steve presented two papers, Rethinking the Juridification of Sport: Identifying the Cognitive Dimension and Avoiding Mismatches in Team Sports: What is Reasonable Practice, to Avoid Liability, When it Comes to 'Size'?, both of which form part of his ongoing project on youth sport. 

Finally, we are delighted to announce that Dr Francis King and Dr Russell Orr have both agreed to join the Centre. We are sure they will both have a big contribution to make to the ongoing development of the Centre and its activities. 

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