A digital rights specialist for more than 20 years, Clare Painter has stepped beyond the bounds of publishing to provide practical and commercial copyright guidance to those using content online.
Her clients encompass business schools and universities, professional membership associations, case study providers and NGOs, as well as many book and journal publishers and university presses.
After roles in the rights departments of publishing houses in the UK and Italy, Clare embraced digital licensing in the early 1990’s, becoming Rights Director at Helicon, a pioneer in multi-platform and digital publishing.
Turning independent in 2002, she founded Clare Painter Associates Ltd in 2009 and now works with a team of freelance rights experts. As a publisher rather than a lawyer, Clare brings an appreciation of the sometimes finely-balanced choices about publishing risk, in the context of projects which carry commercial pressures and finite resources.
Clare acts as copyright and permissions consultant for journals at Oxford University Press, and is a regular contributor to the Jinfo subscription service for information professionals.
Clare offers copyright audits and extensive guidelines tailored for individual organisations, covering both the strategic and ‘how to’ aspects of copyright.