Barry Scannell


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Barry is a Consultant in William Fry's Technology department. He specialises in artificial intelligence (AI), copyright, IP, technology law and data protection. 

Barry is the former Director of Legal Affairs & Regulatory Compliance of one of Ireland's leading music organisations, and has specialist knowledge and expertise in copyright law, with very strong music industry experience, particularly in the area of music licensing and media contracts. 

Barry is one of the foremost experts in Ireland on issues relating to artificial intelligence (AI), particularly regarding copyright, currently researching a PhD on the subject. He has Chaired and sat on various international music industry committees dealing with AI, data protection and copyright. He currently sits on the Law Society of Ireland's IP & Technology Committee. 

Some of Barry's relevant experience includes:

  • Drafting complex licensing agreements and media contracts licensing music in Ireland. 
  • Subject matter specialist on AI and copyright, advising the music industry on issues relating to copyright and data processing, particularly Article 4 of the EU Copyright Directive 790/2019 on Text and Data Mining Exceptions, and authoring CISAC's position paper on AI and Copyright.
  • Advising on and engaging in copyright infringement litigation.
  • Advising on data protection requirements applying to music rightsholders worldwide via international reciprocal rights agreements. Advising on domestic and international data protection requirements, data subject access requests, and dealing with any data breach which may arise.

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