By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Tom Chatfield Chairs ALCSAs Publishing Perspectives readers will recall from our coverage, author Tom Chatfield is to moderate the opening session of the digital-and-physical Frankfurt Rights Meeting on September 5, that session being:
The lmpact of AI on the Rights Business: An Outlook
- Tom Chatfield (moderator), author and tech philosopher
- Madeline McIntosh, former CEO of Penguin Random House USA
- Thomas Cox, managing director, Arq Works
- Duncan Calow, partner, DLA Piper
- Peter Schoppert, director, NUS Press
As announced last week, Chatfield also has a new role as chair of the United Kingdom’s Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).
The society, as many in our readership know, is the collective agency for writers/rights-holders’ revenues in the United Kingdom, and it also is a reliable sponsor of a great many of the industry associated activities, from awards programming, particularly in support of the work of the Society of Authors, the writers’ union in Britain.
Chatfield’s most recent book is How To Think—something we’re all hoping he’ll teach us—published two years ago this month by Sage Publications.
And in succeeding Jo Revill as the chair of the licensing and collecting society, Chatfield is quoted going right to the crux of the current bête noire in publishing—as well as the focus of his Rights Meeting session on September 5. He says, “With the rise of generative AI, authors and creators of all kinds are facing unprecedented challenges, uncertainties and opportunities.
“ALCS has long been a champion of authors’ rights and a passionate advocate for the significance of human creativity.”
Barbara Hayes, who is the ALCS’ CEO, says, “I have long admired [Chatfield’s] rigorous approach, speaking up for the challenges writers have faced in the digital age and now, too, his commitment to seeking a fair and just approach for authors as the evolution of digital into the generative AI era is now upon us.
“He has already taken a strong lead on the AI discussions at United Kingdom, European Union, and international levels, and will be an invaluable asset to ALCS as we develop our own approach to what the future brings and how we protect and promote the rights of our 120,000 writer members.”
Apparently, Chatfield took up his new position in late July, and the news was released last week.
For those looking to join the Frankfurt Rights Meeting in which Chatfield will moderate the first session, remember that this year the program features four weekly digital sessions and then concludes with a reception and keynote.
- Each of four segments is set for a Tuesday (starting September 5) from 4 to 5 p.m. CEST / 10 to 11 a.m. ET.
- The final event is scheduled as an in-person conclusion Messe Frankfurt with networking from 5 to 7 p.m. CEST.
Singapore’s 2023 Translation Symposium
The Singapore Translation Symposium has set September 30 and October 1 as its dates this year, and it’s announcing five of its speakers.
- Jeremy Tiang (Singapore)
- Chen Si-an (China)
- Shanna Tan (Singapore)
- Susan Xu Yun Singapore)
- Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma (United States)
The program this year is set at the island nation’s venerable former parliament building, now called Arts House, and is produced, as before, by Singapore Book Council. New information on the coming program will appear first on this page (which currently has information about last year’s symposium). That program’s main themes included an artificial intelligence session, and it’s a good bet that the topic may come up again this year.
Tickets will be SG$25 (US$18.45) for one of the two days, and SG$35 for both days (US$25.83), and the over-arching theme this year is “Translation is Creative.”
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