Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks: Free Training & Launch Event

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CREATe is pleased to announce two events to launch the Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks Project, taking place on Friday 20th January 2017: a free training event about digitising photographs and the launch of the web resource.

Digitising Photographs: Copyright Duration and Diligent Search

Time:  2 pm – 4.30 pm on 20th January 2017

Location: The University of Glasgow Library (Talklab, Level 3)

Digitising photographs poses very specific challenges. It is not always easy to work out whether a photograph is in copyright, or when the copyright term expires. And photographs that are in copyright may be orphan works: lacking any contextual information that might help identify the relevant copyright owner.

This expert workshop addresses these related issues. It will provide you with an overview of the duration of copyright protection as it relates to photographs, a notoriously complicated area of law. In addition, it provides practical guidance on how to conduct a diligent search for orphan photographs under both the European Orphan Works Directive and the UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme: what sources are useful in conducting a search, and what level of diligence is required? This is an essential workshop for anyone interested in digitising photographs from archive and other collections.

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The second event is the official launch of the project web resource, in Special Collections:

Launch: Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks web resource

Time:  5 pm – 7 pm on 20th January 2017

Location: The University of Glasgow Library (Level 12)

Please join us from 5 pm to celebrate the launch of the Edwin Morgan Project resource. The online resource includes an interactive digitised section of one of Edwin Morgan’s scrapbooks, a full exploration of the project, and copyright guidance for other organisations undertaking similar digitisation projects. You will be able to browse the resource as well as see Scrapbooks and related items from Edwin Morgan’s personal papers, held in Special Collections.

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These events represent the culmination of a two-year initiative exploring the opportunities, limitations and costs of EU and UK copyright policy as it impacts the digitisation of unique and distinctive artistic collections.

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Research Seminar: Photography, Copyright and the IP Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective

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Elena Cooper and Sheona Burrow will present their joint paper ‘Photography, Copyright and the IP Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective’ as part of the CREATe Studio Series on December 7th 2016.

CREATe are delighted to announce an additional research presentation this term. Sheona Burrow (PhD candidate, CREATe) and Dr Elena Cooper (Research Fellow, CREATe) will present a joint paper about the enforcement of copyright in photographs, today and historically, and what this means about the nature of copyright (remuneration and/or control) and the changing relation through time of copyright law and the bureaucratisation of copyright exploitation. A full abstract is provided below.

The talk takes place at 2.30pm-3.20pm on 7th December 2016 in the CREATe Hub, Level 4, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Those intending to attend should contact Dr Elena Cooper (elena.cooper@glasgow.ac.uk) for a copy of the draft paper.

The talk complements the existing CREATe PhD Developmental Workshop scheduled for 4pm-6pm on 7th December, also in the CREATe Hub.

Photographic Copyright and the IP Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective: Remuneration, Control and the Bureaucratisation of Copyright Law

Abstract: A central aspect of intellectual property protection is the rights-owner’s right to authorise or prohibit infringing uses of the protected subject matter. The right to authorise or prohibit is central to the status of intellectual property as property: it provides the rights-owner with control over infringing uses, as opposed to the mere right to be remunerated for those uses. This article challenges the primacy of the assumption that intellectual property concerns control in all cases through an in-depth case study analysing of the enforcement of copyright in photographs both today and historically.

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India Insight 2016: CREATe visit bolsters institutional collaborations

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CREATe Programme Leader, Dr Sukhpreet Singh, and, Head of School of Law, Prof. Iain Macneil, were invited to be a part of a University of Glasgow delegation that visited more than 25 potential partner institutions (including leading law universities, law firms, industry associations, and, study abroad facilitators) across 5 State capital cities of India between 1 and 11 Nov 2016.

An immediate outcome of the visit includes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, to take place on 2 December 2016 in Glasgow, between the University of Glasgow, and, the National Law University (NLU) Delhi, one of the premier law education and research institutions of India. This builds on previous CREATe connections with India such as the research panel discussion at the Global IP Congress organised at NLU Delhi. See here and here.

The School of Law, which hosts CREATe, is scheduled to organise an executive training programme in corporate governance for a high level delegation of Indian public sector organisations in Spring 2017. Expertise was also sought by several potential partners in India to conduct short online courses as well as in country programmes in intellectual property rights and digital copyright, in which CREATe has global recognition. One such programme, the CREATe Summer School in IP, will be organised from 29 June to 1 July 2017. More details will be announced soon.

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A Future for the Creative Economy

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Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) conference at the University of Valladolid, Spain in June 2016.

During the summer of 2016 three CREATe events took place in which economists working in the areas of culture, media and industrial organization were invited to exchange views on the transformative impact of digitization and the internet on the creative economy and to reflect on the implications of emerging trends for the future of the creative economy and for copyright. One of these events was jointly sponsored by the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) at their conference at the University of Valladolid, Spain and a second was jointly sponsored with the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI) at their conference at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, USA in July. The third event was part of the CREATe Festival held in London at the Royal Society of Arts in June. We are delighted to announce that a dedicated resource page has been created to share the outcomes of these events.

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Martin Kretschmer on researchers’ incentives to engage in open science at Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels

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Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels, venue for the launch of the European Guild of Research Intensive Universities (image: Edificio, Belgium)

CREATe director Martin Kretschmer spoke at the Opening Symposium of the newly formed Guild of Research Intensive Universities: Overcoming Boundaries: Open Science and Open Innovation.  In discussion with academics from the universities of Göttingen, Oslo, Tartu, Tübingen, Warwick and the European Commission’s Head of Cabinet in DG Research and Innovation, he argued that the natural incentives of researchers are stacked against Open Science, identifying two groups of factors:

(1) The control over the standard metrics that govern academic appointments and careers (rankings, impact factors, citations). These are mostly drawn from closed environments, managed by science publishers through several layers of protection: ownership of journals and databases, contracts, access restrictions (TPM).

(2) The norms and conventions that govern different disciplines. These diverge for the humanities (where aspirations of authorial control still dominate), for the social sciences (where exclusive control of data is seen as giving a competitive advantage), and the physical and biological sciences (where marking a scientific advance as early as possible in public may offer a reputational route).

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European Guild of Research Intensive Universities Panel Discussion on Open Science & Open Innovation (image: @guildeu)

Recent interventions at EU level, prescribing cloud deposits of data and open access dissemination of outputs as a condition of research funding awards are important levers but need to be understood in the context of a complex scientific incentive system. The experience with digital data repositories over the last two decades shows that the terms of grants are difficult to monitor and enforce.

Drawing on the experience of CREATe’s Copyright Evidence Wiki (using the Wikimedia platform) and CREATe’s working paper series using CERN’s Zenodo repository, rather than venture capital backed initiatives such as SSRN (now owned by Elsevier) or ResearchGate, Kretschmer explored the possibility of developing new indicators and metrics for Open Science that could replace journal impact factors, and encourage researchers to open up research process and findings.

University of Glasgow Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli, is the vice-chair of the European Guild of Research Intensive Universities. Please see University of Glasgow news item for further information.

 

 

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OpenMinTeD interoperability webinar

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Text and Data Mining interoperability at the legal level: rights, exceptions and licences

OpenMinTeD (Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data) is a H2020 project that aims to make it easier for researchers to integrate the use of mined data into their daily workflows. The project will develop a registry of TDM services and tools to better equip researchers to discover, combine, and use mined data. If you’d like to learn more about the OpenMinTeD project, Thomas Margoni will be delivering a webinar on November 23rd that reports on activity relating to Text and Data Mining interoperability at the legal level. Giulia Dore describes the project in more detail below.

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Videos from EUhackathon

Not able to attend the EUhackathon 2016 in person? Don’t worry – two new videos released yesterday will help to give you a sense of the activity taking place in Brussels to visualise copyright evidence made available through CREATe’s Copyright Evidence Wiki.

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EUHackathon 2016 videos now available.

 

 

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CREATe supports EUhackathon 2016

CREATe is delighted to be supporting the 6th edition of the EUhackathon which takes place in Brussels on November 15-16, 2016. The event is organised by N-square Consulting and is sponsored by Google, Facebook, and Mozilla. This year’s EUhackathon revolves around visualising copyright evidence to help inform policy debate and to better support decision making processes. The goal is to combine data and academic research from various sources to raise awareness and encourage debate around the issue of copyright. Participants will mine and visualise the data in CREATe’s Copyright Evidence Wiki which contains over 600 empirical studies on copyright. This evidence could be complemented with industry data and reports, in order to achieve a greater transparency and awareness in the area of copyright. To help users to tap into the wealth of data available in the Copyright Evidence Wiki, we are pleased to announce that new user guidance has been now been published.

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CREATe academic contributes to a meeting of the International Federation of Musicians

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Dr Smita Kheria, Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh

CREATe’s Dr Smita Kheria (Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh) was invited to speak at a meeting of the European group of The International Federation of Musicians, in Belgrade in November 2016. The Federation’s main objective is to protect and further the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians represented by its member unions.

On a panel on Intellectual Property, Dr Kheria spoke on the recent proposal for a new EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. She presented a critique of Articles 14 and 15 of the proposed directive which aim to create a “transparency obligation” and a “contract adjustment mechanism” to enable authors and performers to receive information on the exploitation of their works and additional remuneration. She outlined some of the key problems with these provisions, including ambiguities in the text, the nature and scope of the wording, and the potential for practical impact, if any, on authors and performers. Drawing upon her extensive empirical research for a CREATe work package, on the intersection of copyright with the everyday lives of professional creators and performers, her presentation underlined the need for a careful revision and re-calibration of the proposed directive’s provisions in order for them to properly and positively affect the working lives of musicians.

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CREATe WP on Fashion Start-Ups and IP: London, Berlin and Milan

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New CREATe Working Paper on micro-enterprises in fashion by Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths

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We are pleased to have completed the report for the first phase of our CREATe WP on Fashion Start-Ups and IP: London, Berlin and Milan. The style of the report mirrors the qualitative and observational approach we adopted. We interviewed designer and we got to know a range of experts, policy makers and fashion producers. We organised events which got people talking to each other and in many ways the life of the project took off and carries on. Overall we would like to see UK cultural policy-makers find ways of supporting more small scale independent designers with the possibility for subsidised spaces in good locations in town centres where passers-by could see and possibly buy their clothes. This is specially the case for smaller towns and cities outside London. Where shops lie empty or only are re-opened as charity shops we would like to see these interspersed with designer shops which could also make use of the back-shop as studio space. This system exists in Berlin and could be rolled out easily in many British cities. We also see the fashion design sector as a field for supporting women’s work and employment especially in the light of the economic recession and austerity. We note that IP and copyright issues are deeply embedded into the tangle of concerns which make the idea of creative entrepreneurship so difficult to sustain, despite the enthusiasm and commitment as well as talent of so many young and not so young designers.

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