How do archives, museums and libraries enable digital access to works in their collections when it is difficult to identify or locate the copyright owners? The problem of orphan works has been addressed in part by the EU Orphan Works Directive 2012 and the UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme (OWLS). But are these solutions fit for purpose?
The Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks project was the first UK study addressing the legal and practical realities of diligent search since the Directive and OWLS came into effect. Now the project has concluded, with a new resource launched at www.digitisingmorgan.org.
Launch of CREATe Copyright and Innovation Network
Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme
London, Digital Catapult Centre, 101 Euston Road, NW1 2RA
26 May 2017, 11:00 – 16:00
CREATe announces the launch of the Copyright and Innovation Network (CIN) with an event exploring, “Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme.” This event marks the launch of a national CREATe network on copyright and innovation that aims to be a catalyst for new industry-relevant research at the interface of law, technology and social science.
The annual conference of the European Copyright Society (ECS), held this year at Sciences Po, Paris on 12 May 2017, will explore a possible path to a unitary EU copyright that would overcome the territorial fragmentation of online content markets.
Martin Kretschmer speaking at EPIP 2015
CREATe has worked with the European Copyright Society (ECS) on numerous policy submissions since the society was established in 2012. Speakers at ECS 2017 affiliated with CREATe include Prof. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow), Prof. Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham) and Prof. Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge), as well as members of CREATe’s programme advisory council (Bernt Hugenholtz, IViR, University of Amsterdam and Reto Hilty, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich). Continue reading
CREATe Deputy Director Philip Schlesinger gave the opening keynote lecture on ‘Why does cultural expertise matter?’ at the international conference on ‘La prescription culturelle en question/Investigating cultural expertise’, held at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Dijon from 5-7 April 2017.
His talk focused on the current crisis of expertise in the public sphere, how institutions prescribe cultural agendas, and the diverse regimes of research that shape academic identities and agendas. The conference covered a wide range of cultural practices, from music to manga, and the tensions between algorithmic and actor-driven forms of prescription. Organised by the Groupe d’Études sur la Prescription, conference proceedings will be published in due course.
Morten Hviid, University of East Anglia provides a summary of CREATe supported research into the effects of digitalisation on the music and publishing industries. The findings have been published as two new working papers.
The two papers explore the structure of the music and publishing industries respectively post-digitalisation. In both cases we observe that digitalisation and disintermediation of support services have made possible an increased potential for the creative agents to self-publish and bypass the traditional publishers and labels. We also observed a move towards a more concentrated retail sector, where the large internet platforms dominate the interface with consumers. We speculate on the effect of these changes on the traditionally powerful firms in these industries, the book and music publishers and the record labels and what the eventual effects may be on artists and consumers. As regards the artists and consumers, in both industries, the main concern today does not appear to be an inadequate amount of creative output being produced; on the contrary more output is available than ever before. The problem has shifted to one of being found, whether it is the artist hoping to be discovered or the consumer hoping to discover new literature or music. While similar trends towards self-publishing, powerful retail platforms and streaming characterise both industries, there are interesting differences in their development to date.
CREATe is delighted to announce the publication of a new resource on the proceedings of the Copyright and Cultural Memory Conference of 2016.
Copyright & Cultural Memory Conference at the Lighthouse
The CaCM2016 resource presents the digital proceedings of the one-day conference designed to explore the essential question: “How does copyright impact the access to and use of our shared cultural heritage across borders, and online?”
CREATe researchers Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast), Megan Blakely, Kerry Patterson, Victoria Stobo, and Andrea Wallace (all Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Glasgow) addressed the challenges of digitisation, orphan works, intangible cultural heritage, risk-based models of copyright compliance for archive collections, and surrogate intellectual property rights.
CILIP’s annual Copyright Conference takes place on April 7 in London. The conference provides information professionals with a chance to update their knowledge about crucial copyright and licensing related issues and developments. The programme has been curated by Naomi Korn and features two papers by CREATe researchers.
In his talk entitled ‘Navigating the Copyright Cortex: Enabling Digital Cultural Heritage’ Ronan Deazley will introduce the Copyright Cortex: a new online resource providing free, expert, objective and research-led commentary and advice about UK copyright law as it impacts the digitisation, access to, and use of our shared cultural heritage.
Victoria Stobo, presents ‘The archivist who kicked the hornet’s nest: Taking the sting out of digitising 20th century materials’ which will explore the ways in which archives identify, manage and mitigate the risks associated with making third party copyright materials available online.
The full programme is available here.
CREATe Fellow Dr Georg von Graevenitz, and CREATe Programme Leader Dr Sukhpreet Singh, were recently invited to speak at the First Asia-Pacific Workshop on Empirical Methods in Innovation, IP and Competition organized by the National Law University (Delhi, India). This post by Georg summarises CREATe’s contribution to the workshop.
Image courtesy: www.ciipc.org
The First Asia-Pacific Workshop on Empirical Methods in Innovation, IP and Competition was held at National Law University in Delhi in early March 2017. The workshop brought together researchers and regulators from across the globe as well as academic participants from across India and South East Asia. Sessions focussed on the economics of IP law, the link between competition and IP law, regulation of competition and empirical research on effects of patents, trade marks, copyright and alternatives to IP. Continue reading
Last week, Université Paris Diderot hosted a conference exploring the copyright issues raised by periodicals and newspapers in the nineteenth century.
Drawing together scholars working in law and the humanities, the conference involved a shift away from the usual focus of copyright history scholarship on books. The wide-ranging programme, spanning papers on attribution patterns, customs of reprinting and re-use, as well as nineteenth century debates on copyright in news, included a paper by CREATe researcher, Dr Elena Cooper, exploring the interface between nineteenth century copyright rules regulating encyclopedias and periodicals, and the underlying social understandings of those genres.
The full programme, which is available here, will lead to a special issue publication in Victorian Periodicals Review. More about the conference, organised by Dr Will Slauter, can be found here.
The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde Business School invites you to an interactive workshop on “Business Models for 3D Printing”.
When: Wednesday 29th March 2017, from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)
Where: Strathclyde Business School, Cathedral Wing, Room CW507b, 199 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G4 0QU
The workshop is free but places are limited and registration is required. Please register by emailing email@example.com Continue reading