Why Copyright Matters Today amidst COVID-19 Pandemic?

Moderator: Kang Jae-ho (Professor, Seoul National University(SNU))

1) Michael Healy, Executive Director, International Relations Copyright Clearance Center
2) José Bolghino, Secretary General, International Publishers Association(IPA)
3) Trasvin Jittidecharak, Foudner, Silkworm Books
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Kang Jae-ho
Jaeho Kang is Associate Professor in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication at Seoul National University in South Korea.
He was Senior Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies at SOAS, University of London (2012-2018), Assistant Professor in Sociology of Media at the New School in New York City (2005-2012), and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institut für Sozialforschung of the University of Frankfurt (2004-2005).
He completed his PhD in social and critical theory at the University of Cambridge in 2004.
His work focuses on critical and social theory of media with particular reference to the intersections of digital screen, media spectacle, and urban space.
Kang is the author of Walter Benjamin and the Media: The Spectacle of Modernity (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014).

Michael Healy
Michael Healy is the Executive Director (International Relations) at Copyright Clearance Center and is based in New York City.
Prior to joining CCC, Michael was Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry and previously Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).
Before moving to the United States in 2006, Michael worked for more than 20 years in the publishing industry in the UK, spending most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing.
For much of his career, Michael has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade.
He has been Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and he led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13.
He currently chairs the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) Agency and is a director of the UK Copyright Hub.
He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on copyright, licensing, and future trends in publishing.

Jose Bolghino
José Borghino has been Secretary General of the International Publishers Association, Geneva, since September 2015. He joined the IPA as Policy Director in 2013, and was in charge of policy development, organizing the Prix Voltaire (IPA’s Freedom to Publish Prize), and managing the IPA’s activities in the educational publishing sector, including the annual ‘What Works?’ conference and the Educational Publishers Forum. Before joining the IPA, José was ‘Manager, Industry Representation’ at the Australian Publishers Association. He has been Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors, a lecturer in literary journalism and creative industries at the University of Sydney, and editor of the online news magazine José held senior positions at the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was the founding editor of EDITIONSReview.

Trasvin Jittidecharak
Trasvin Jittidecharak is from Chiang Mai, Thailand. She founded Silkworm Books, a general, independent publisher of English-language books in Thailand and Southeast Asia. In 2005, Trasvin founded Mekong Press Foundation to support publishing activities and establish a network in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Trasvin served in local and international publishing communities. They included: the International Publishers Association (IPA) Executive Committee, 2012–17; a focal person, UNESCO Bangkok World Book Capital City, 2013; chaired the Organizing Committee, the 30th IPA Congress, Bangkok 2015; an advisor, the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (2009–15; 2019–21); the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee (2017–21); the Secretary-General, the ASEAN Book Publishers Association, 2020–21.