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Rights in Data

The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data’ trumpeted the Economist in May 2017 – and even since then, global data volumes created have doubled.

So what’s the legal basis for this ‘most valuable’ of resources?

This seminar was held on 17th October and 14th November. Details, including the event presentation and white paper can be found below.

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Date and Time: 08.30 – 10.30, Thursday 17 October 2019 & Thursday 14 November
Place: One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ


Oil can be stolen or bought and sold as a commodity, but data can’t. Unlike oil, information and data as expression and communication are limitless, yet digital information is only available through IT.

Data is tricky stuff in legal terms and, as data value and volumes grow, disputes around the boundaries of what the law will protect are on the rise. A useful heuristic is that there are no rights in data, but legal rights arise in relation to data:

  • IP rights – copyright, database right, confidentiality and trade secrets
  • contract rights – financial market data for example is a $30bn global industry where ‘contract is king’
  • regulatory rights and duties – data protection, competition law and sector specific regulation.

In this seminar, Richard Kemp and Deirdre Moynihan from top data law specialist Kemp IT Law, will focus on IP rights in data and contracting for data. They will:

  • provide a chart to help attendees navigate data rights legal issues
  • look at recent developments in data IP law, data contracting and directions of travel for data policy
  • look at how organisations are developing IT-enabled management and governance of their data estates.

This is not a GDPR seminar!

08.30 – 09.00: Breakfast
09.00 – 09.05: Welcome – Richard Kemp, Founder, Kemp IT Law
09.05 – 09.25: Recent developments in data IP law – copyright, database right, confidentiality and trade secrets (Richard)
09.25 – 09.40: Top tips for data contracting – Deirdre Moynihan, Solicitor, Kemp IT Law
09.40 – 09.50: Coffee/networking
09.50 – 10.00: Rights in data – the directions of travel for data policy (Deirdre)
10.00 – 10.20: Towards end to end data management and governance in the organisation? (Richard)
10.20 – 10.30: Q&A/discussion
10.30: Session closes


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