Professor Adrian Sterling announced as guest keynote speaker for PPL AGM 2014

It is announced today that Professor Adrian Sterling is to be the guest keynote speaker at PPL’s AGM, taking place on Wednesday, 4 June at Kings Place, London.

Professor Sterling has recently completed 60 years of work in intellectual property law in the fields of national, international and regional copyright law. His writings on copyright are extensive and include World Copyright Law, 3rd edition 2008. From 1954 to 1974 he worked with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). He is a consultant to Lamb Chambers, Middle Temple, London, where he practised while at the Bar, Professorial Fellow of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, Visiting Professor, King's College London, and Emeritus Vice-President of the British Copyright Council.

‘‘It is absolutely fitting that Professor Sterling is the keynote speaker at this year’s AGM which celebrates our 80th anniversary and I am delighted that he has agreed," said Fran Nevrkla Chairman, PPL. “On behalf of performers, musicians and investors he has spent a lifetime dedicated to fighting for a robust and fair copyright regime, recognising its importance to a country’s economy, culture and well-being, also ensuring that all creators as well as those who invest in talent get rewarded for their labours. In addition Professor Sterling is a mine of entertaining stories that I know our members and guests will enjoy”.

Professor Sterling comments: "It is an honour and a great pleasure for me to be speaking at the PPL AGM. I have had friendly and beneficial contacts with PPL for 60 of PPL's 80 years."

Previous speakers at PPL’s AGM have included BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine (2013), CEO and Comptroller at the Intellectual Property Office, John Alty (2012), CBI’s Director General, John Cridland CBE (2011), BBC’s Roger Wright (2010), The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP (2009), The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP (2008) and Professor Lord Winston (2007.)