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Charleston Library Conference 

Apr 3, 2017

Once again, the Long Arm of the Law session lights the Charleston Conference stage! In this year's session, returning favorite attorney Bill Hannay (Schiff Hardin LLP) informs the audience about the latest court cases and rulings that impact us in libraries and the information industry. For example, did you know that in September 2016 the New Delhi high court dismissed suits by three international publishers against the sale of photocopied books and pages in Delhi University? This is a verdict likely to have a wide-reaching impact on copyright laws in India. Could the case have impact more broadly?

Also this year, we're particularly fortunate to be joined by first-time Charleston attendee Mark Seeley, General Counsel of Elsevier B.V. since 1995. Mark serves as Senior Vice President, heading up a legal department of 10 lawyers based throughout Europe and the United States. In his role, he is responsible for corporate organization and compliance, mergers, acquisitions, copyright policy and enforcement. Mark is a well-known figure in our community: many of us have met and interacted with him over the years. Mark will speak about "A Day in the Life of a Publisher's Attorney."

Mark Seeley's Presentation PDF

Bill Hannay's Presentation PDF

Ann Okerson (Moderator),Center for Research Libraries,Senior Advisor to CRL

Ann Okerson joined the Center for Research Libraries in fall 2011 as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, working with that organization to reconfigure and redirect various existing programs into digital mode. Previous experience includes 15 years as Associate University Librarian for Collections & International Programs at Yale University; prior to that she worked in the commercial sector, and also for 5 years as Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at the Association of Research Libraries. Upon joining Yale, she organized the Northeast Research libraries consortium (NERL), a group of 28 large and over 80 smaller libraries negotiating for electronic information. She is one of the active, founding spirits of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC). Activities include projects, publications, advisory boards, and speaking engagements worldwide, as well as professional awards. She is a leader in licensing electronic scholarly resources, having developed a model license adapted widely by libraries and organizations. Over the years, Okerson has also been active in IFLA and has served on its Governing Board and as Chair of its Professional Activities.Following with her love of both international and cooperative projects, she is also currently working with CERN's SCOAP3 project, as the National Contact Person (NCP) for US academic libraries.

Mark Seeley,Elsevier,General Counsel

Mark Seeley is Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Elsevier, and splits his time between the Cambridge, Massachusetts office and the Amsterdam headquarters. Elsevier is a leading publisher and information provider in science and health, and is part of the RELX group.

Mark leads an international team of publishing and sales lawyers. The Global Rights (Rights & Permissions) team also reports to Mark. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors of the Copyright Clearance Center.

Mark chairs the Copyright & Legal Affairs Committee of the International Association of STM Publishers, and is a member of the AAP (Association of American Publishers) Copyright Committee. He is a regular contributor to STM association papers on copyright issues and best practices guidelines for research journal publishing, and is a frequent speaker at copyright, publishing and other industry conferences and events. Mark also tweets occasionally (see, recently on the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty.

Education: Thomas Jefferson College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA (B.Ph, Literature); Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Mass., USA (J.D., cum laude). Member, Massachusetts and New York bars.


William M. Hannay, Partner, Schiff, Hardin, LLP

William M. Hannay regularly represents corporations and individuals in civil and criminal matters, involving federal and state antitrust law and other trade regulation laws. He is an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses at IIT/Chicago-Kent law school in antitrust, intellectual property, and international business transactions, and is the author or editor of several books on antitrust and intellectual property law, including "The Corporate Counsel's Guide to Unfair Competition," soon to be published by Thomson Reuter's West Publishing. He is a frequent lecturer at The Charleston Conference.

Mr. Hannay is active in the American Bar Association and is currently Co-Chair of the Joint Editorial Board for International Law, which is co-sponsored by the Uniform Law Commission and the ABA. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York District Attorney's Office and was a law clerk for Justice Tom Clark on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Yale College and Georgetown University Law Center.