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Mark Seeley

Mark Seeley

Principal, SciPubLaw
MARK SEELEY, consults on science publishing and legal issues through SciPubLaw LLC (, and comments (including on twitter at regularly on publishing, licensing and copyright issues, including recently on the European Digital Single Market. Mark retired in December 2017 from his position as General Counsel for the science publisher and information analytics provider Elsevier. Mark served on the Copyright Committees of both the International STM Association (from 2004-2016 as chair) and the Association of American Publishers. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Copyright Clearance Center, and is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Admitted in Massachusetts and New York. Mark is currently adjunct faculty (international intellectual property law) at Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

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