(A) 25th October 1730-1900
Public Lecture: Public Art and Copyright Law (An Exploratory Analysis) by Lilla Montagnani (see below)
(B) 8th November 1730-1900
Public Lecture: Copyright Reversion to Authors (and the Rosetta Effect): Ameliorating the Problem of Disappearing Books by Paul Heald (see below)
(C1) 10th November 1100-1230 & 1230-1300
Meeting: Copyright Evidence Wiki Board Meeting (Closed meeting followed by Public Q&A – see below)
(C2) 10th November 1400-1600
Workshop: Copyright Education and Educating Users / Legal and business model constraints on the transformative value of heritage collections (see below)
(D) 15th November 1730-1900
Public Lecture: Taking seriously the author’s interest in copyright by Rebecca Giblin (see below)
(E) 8th December 1100-1830
CREATe / BFI Education Screening Event: Copyright & Creative Reuse (see below)
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Dr Sabine Jacques, Lecturer in IP/IT/Media law at the University of East Anglia, reports on the recent CREATe-UEA event in Norwich.
Games designer Robin Silcock commenting on Tom Phillips’ research
The CREATe Doing it for Yourself event was held at St George’s Works in Norwich on August 29th 2017. It sought primarily to corroborate UEA’s research findings undertaken under the CREATe umbrella with the community to which they relate, but equally to strengthen connections with that local creative community in order to support and steer future research in this area. Fifty people attended this quickly ‘sold out’ event. Co-organised by the Centre for Competition Policy and Culture Shift Norwich, each “provocation” paired a creator with an academic to discuss a broad range of issues – from creative value to content consumption, including piracy and structural changes in creative industries – followed by an open discussion with the public. The event itself was facilitated by Henry Layte (owner of an independent bookshop, The Book Hive) who chaired the provocations.
Introducing the local creative community to CREATe’s interdisciplinary research centre, Professor John Street kicked off the evening by providing a brief history of this consortium and its programme. Additionally, Street took the opportunity to underline the impact of digitalisation on creative industries in the UK, underpinning the research undertaken within CREATe and discussed that evening.
OpenMinTeD (Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data) is the H2020 e-infra project aiming to develop a registry for text and data mining services and tools. This will allow researchers, research institutions and data providers to find, use and combine resources for text and data mining (TDM) purposes thereby enhancing the scientific playing field of the EU.
The project is run by a consortium of 16 EU partners. CREATe/University of Glasgow coordinates the legal interoperability activities (as part of working group WG3), thanks to a team formed by more than 20 specialists with an interdisciplinary background under the scientific lead of Dr Thomas Margoni, and with coordination of Dr Giulia Dore and other CREATe fellows.
WG3 has been investigating, on the one hand, the causes and the degree of the limits imposed to text and data mining under the law of copyright and related rights – e.g., sui generis database right – and, on the other hand, the complex licensing framework in which the resources to be mined are set.
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are being interrogated about the details of their latest case! A film star is missing, and the stuntman is the number one suspect. But who is the mysterious interviewer and why is she so interested in the case of the Forger’s Apprentice? The plot thickens … and The Game is On!
The third episode of the The Game is On! series – The Adventure of the Forger’s Apprentice – was released on 6th October 2017. Produced by Prof. Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) and Bartolomeo Meletti (CREATe, University of Glasgow) as part of the AHRC Follow-on Funding project – Unlocking co-creative possibilities – the short film and its Case Files address some of the many copyright questions and concerns faced by filmmakers.
The Bazalgette Review in the context of CREATe and CCPR‘s research programme
The 22nd of September 2017 saw the publication of Sir Peter Bazalgette’s Independent Review of the Creative Industries. Baz, as he is affectionately known in the culture world, was commissioned by the UK government to put forward proposals for a sector deal in the Industrial Strategy green paper. The Creative Industries are one of nine sectors targetted, including: Smart energy technologies; Robotics and artificial intelligence; Satellites and space technologies; Healthcare and medicine; Materials of the future; Bioscience; Quantum technologies; and Transformative digital technologies.
Outlining key recommendations for how the Creative Industries can underpin the UK’s future economic growth, Bazalgette sets out areas where government and industry should work together to develop a Sector Deal for the creative industries. With a particular focus on addressing barriers to growth in these industries, the review makes recommendations across the themes of:
- Creative Clusters (a key recommendation)
- Intellectual Property (IP)
- Access to finance
- Skills / talent pipelines
- Screen industries
Within the chapter Capitalising on our Intellectual Property of this 76 page review, CREATe’s work has been recognised on page 31:
“Intellectual Property is at the core of the Creative Industries and its protection is paramount. The sector is at the forefront of the UK’s growing IP economy. We know that the legal system underpinning the creation and protection of IP in the UK is world-class. But the environment is constantly changing as new technologies are developed so vigilance is essential…So too is academic research and exploration such as that led by the Research Council UK-sponsored Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe).”
The full report is available here.
On 3rd October 2017, academics at Westminster Law School are launching Lost in Music, a free, open access resource to help artists, students, professionals and interested parties navigate their way through the maze of music business law.
In its launch phase, Lost in Music focuses on demystifying music plagiarism and providing a vehicle for people to understand more fully the basics of music copyright infringement. However, the wider aim of Lost in Music is to increase understanding of a variety of issues within the music industry, such as contracts, band names and trademarks, sampling and digital income streams. Funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust and developed by a team of academics and musicians, Lost in Music brings to life much of the research on music plagiarism conducted by Dr Simon Anderson in his dissertation at Westminster Law School (LLM Entertainment Law, 2015).
Simon’s fascinating research was presented at the University of Glasgow on 8th March 2017 as part of the CREATe Public Lectures series. The launch of Lost in Music on 3rd October will be an opportunity to learn about his research through an interactive presentation of the new site with music examples and live performance illustrations. If you are unable to attend the official launch in London but would like to find out about Simon’s research, you can see the video of his lecture in Glasgow here.
Professor Ruth Towse
The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) is inviting papers for its 20th International Conference on Cultural Economics to be held at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia from Tuesday June 26th to Friday 29th, 2018. ACEI members share an interest in furthering understanding of the economic aspects of the arts and culture in their own countries and throughout the world. At last year’s event in Spain, a panel was organised by CREATe Fellow in Cultural Economics and Distinguished Fellow of the ACEI, Professor Ruth Towse.
For the contributed paper sessions, submission of papers (in English) on any aspect relevant to cultural economics will be considered. Submissions are also welcome from different disciplinary perspectives that share an interest in empirically motivated data driven research involving aspects of the arts and culture. While it is expected that full papers will be provided prior to the conference, initial submissions in responding to the Call for Papers is on the basis of an abstract only. Continue reading
The CREATe film Going for a Song from Copyright User, has been shortlisted for the Innovation Award in the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards. Going for a Song tells the story of Tina and Ben, a music composer and lyricist who create an original song and discuss how to market it. Exploring how UK copyright law regulates different aspects of the journey of a song, from creation to distribution, it was was co-directed, written and produced by Bartolomeo Meletti and Ruth Towse.
Bartolomeo Meletti said:”Going for a Song is the result of an innovative production process. Instead of composing the music after finishing the animation (as we usually do), we did it the other way round: after writing the script, we produced the track and then developed the video upon the music. This is why we are particularly delighted to have been nominated for the AHRC Innovation Award: it is a prestigious recognition of the innovative techniques and approaches we adopted to make research more accessible and engaging to communities beyond academia.”
Philip Schlesinger gave the opening keynote lecture at the Cultural and Professional Policy Seminar held at the NFF (the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers’ and Translators’ Association) in Oslo on 6 September 2017. Philip reflected on the present state of cultural policy in Norway following its creative economy turn. He considered what could be learned from the British experience and discussed the often complex pressures on academics working in a field which in the UK has become an arm of industrial policy. A very lively panel discussion followed his lecture.
CREATe member and School of Law colleague Kristofer Erickson will present research at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday 15th September. The title of Dr Erickson’s presentation, which emerges from research with colleagues Martin Kretschmer and Dinusha Mendis, funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office, is ‘Assessing the impact of derivative works: Evidence from the removal of music video parodies on YouTube’. The project examines rightsholder behavior by analysing the factors that contribute to a request to remove user-generated parody videos from YouTube. The new paper includes data about the takedown rate from our original sample, added in 2016 by CREATe collaborators Sabine Jacques and Morten Hviid at the University of East Anglia. The public lecture will take place at Loyola Law School, Room 1403 at 12pm on Friday 15th September.