Archive for May 28th, 2009

Google Settlement Seminar

28th May 2009

CLÉ is offering an information seminar on the Google Book Settlement Deal on Friday 29th May at 2pm in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

How many hours have you now spent trying to figure out the Google Settlement? Opt in? Opt out? Feel informed enough to make the decision? Informed enough to advise your authors? Informed enough to answer their questions?

This is the kind of issue where talking with each other and listening to experts can save you oodles of time and brain power! Dedicate the afternoon of 29th May to sorting this baby out!

Sam Holman, ICLA, Olga Martin Sancho, FEP, and Fergal Tobin, Gill & Macmillan, Vice-President FEP and CLÉ representative to FEP and IPA, will discuss the important aspects of the settlement and consider the various decisions available to Irish publishers and stakeholders and their consequences. The floor will also be open to questions and discussion.

This event is open to all but registration is compulsory, please RSVP to Brendan at

SAMANTHA HOLMAN is the CEO of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency which represents authors’ and publishers’ rights in relation to reprography. Samantha is also on two national voluntary boards, the Copyright Association of Ireland and the Irish Visual Artists’ Rights Organisation.

OLGA MARTIN SANCHO is a qualified lawyer and is currently working as the legal advisor of the Federation of European Publishers, focusing particularly on EU copyright issues. Her main areas of expertise are Protection of Intellectual and Industrial Property in the EU and in the WIPO, Competition Law, and European and German Media Law.

FERGAL TOBIN (CHAIR) is Vice President of the Federation of European Publishers. Fergal has been the Publishing Director of Gill & Macmillan since 1995 and has published, among many books, the monumental Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Fergal also served as President of CLÉ from 2002 to 2004.

AGM Venue Change

28th May 2009

The 7th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Playwrights’ and Screenwriters’ Guild will take place on Saturday, June 6th at 2.30 pm.

There has been a change of venue: the AGM will take place at The Morgan Hotel 10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Nominations to vacant places on the Board of Directors, proposed by a member entitled to attend the AGM, together with a note of consent to be so nominated from the nominee, should reach the Company Secretary at Art House, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 no later than 5.00pm on the 5th June, 2009.

All members of the Guild should have received the relevant documents in the post, including proxy vote forms if they are unable to attend the AGM.


  1. Minutes of the sixth Annual General Meeting of June 2008
  2. Report of the Chairperson of the Board of Directors (including the 2nd ZeBBies report)
  3. Accounts for 2008
  4. Budget for this year
  5. Writing and the Economic Crisis
  6. Other Activities for this year
  7. Appointment of the auditors and fixing of their remuneration
  8. Election of members of the Board
  9. Any Other Business

We encourage all members to attend the AGM, get involved in your Guild, and meet your fellow colleagues and industry professionals.