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Legal advice: is it okay to record presentations at conferences or workshops?

To avoid copyright infringement, always get permission before recording a presentation, says legal expert Marc Cornock 

To avoid copyright infringement, always get permission before recording a presentation, says legal expert Marc Cornock.

It is becoming increasingly common to record presentations on mobile devices. I was giving a presentation in Germany recently and almost half the audience seemed to be taking photos or recording it.

Copyright, or legal ownership, of a presentation rests with the person who wrote it, unless they have given it away to someone else. This means it is they who decide what is to be done with it, and this includes recording.

Infringing rights

If you are simply taking photos of the slides for personal use instead of making notes, this would normally be permissible, provided you do not reproduce them elsewhere and fully acknowledge them in any work. But you should still ask before taking


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