BIC Brunch Live: Rights: A Key Part of the Publishing Value Chain

Rights: A Key Part of the Publishing Value Chain

Title: Rights: A Key Part of the Publishing Value Chain

Date/Time: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 9:00- 10:30 am EDT | 2:00- 3:30 pm BST (now available on demand)

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It might be argued that everything the book industry does ultimately stems from rights, or the permission to sell or license. This BIC Brunch session, sponsored by FADEL, will focus on the basics and definitions of rights management. What do we mean by rights? What different types of rights exist in the book/content, eco-system? What impact do they have on the supply chain, and on maximizing sales and new streams of revenue? And how do organizations, or individuals even know the right permissions are in place? 

In this session we’ll cover a variety of topics as follows: 

  • What are rights? 
  • Common terminology
  • How authors’ deals/contracts are key to creating a rights inventory for optimal business operation
  • The importance of ensuring all rights for different (i.e., from different sources/authors) content in your products align   
  • How well understood and managed rights are a valuable asset to a publishing organization 
  • How rights impact the publishing ecosystem – we’ll look at different types of rights transactions
  • How book industry standards can help 


Karina Urquhart is the Executive Director of BIC and has held this position since February 2012. She has been instrumental in the restructure and re-invigoration of BIC which has seen the creation of an agile members organisation focused on driving and delivering meaningful change and education across all sectors of the UK book industry supply chain. Karina has worked in the book industry for over 28 years including 5 years with Dorling Kindersley followed by 12 years at Penguin UK where she held several supply chain and operational roles, latterly as the Digital & Matadata Supply Chain Manager. She has a wealth of operational and data experience in both physical and digital supply chains; other previous roles include customer operations, stock management and international sales/rights. In June 2020, Karina was instrumental in the creation of the International Green Book Supply Chain Alliance, partnering with BISG in the US, and BookNet Canada. Representing BIC, Karina also sits on the EDItEUR Board and the International Steering Committee for Thema.



Paul Gore, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Enterprise Systems at FADEL, is responsible for driving product direction and ensuring successful rights and royalty implementations for FADEL’s top tier clients, many of them leaders in their respective industries. Prior to joining the company, Paul was CIO at FADEL client Chronicle Books, and brings decades of publishing industry experience from Hachette Book Group and Time Warner Book Group. Additionally, with over 20 years as a technology executive including CTO at Hachette Book Group, Paul has significant expertise leading business transformation initiatives, implementing ERP systems and automating end-to-end rights and royalty management processes.