Copyright, Football and European Media Rights Working Paper Now Available

Copyright, Football and European Media Rights by Raymond Boyle of the University of Glasgow is the latest entry in CREATe’s Working Paper Series.  Boyle considers the position of copyright in the arena of sports content rights and property rights of sporting organizations exploring the issue of whether copyright can be incorporated into sports rights contracts as it has been for many years. Via a series of interviews with key stakeholders the paper identifies the ramifications of this debate in a European context for the existing business models for both specifically football rights holders (FA Premier League, UEFA) and pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB and members of the European Broadcast Union (EBU).

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The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair Wins AHRC Innovation in Film Award

Winner-graphicOn 12th November 2015, the animated film The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair by Professor Ronan Deazley and CREATe researcher Bartolomeo Meletti won the AHRC Award for Innovation in Film.

The panel of judges – consisting of industry and academic experts such as film director Beeban Kidron, Financial Times Arts Editor Jan Dalley, and actor and producer Diana Quick – described the film as “a well-constructed, quality animation addressing issues of creativity, IP and copyright for schools and undergraduates: lively, engaging, witty (à la Sherlock Holmes mode), informative and educating at the same time.”

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OLH: Building a Grassroots Academic Movement

The Open Library of Humanities: Building a Grassroots Academic Movement

Guest post by: Dr Caroline Edwards, Editorial Director of the Open Library of Humanities and Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London.

OLHResearchers involved with CREATe may be interested to hear about recent developments at the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). I came to speak about the OLH at CREATe’s invited roundtable on “Open access, peer review and scholarly communication: Taking digital innovation seriously” in September 2013, as part of a discussion about “non-orthodox” and scholar-led activities in open access and new forms of research communication.

The OLH was set up in January 2013 as an academic-led project to build an open access publisher with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). Stimulated by governmental and research council mandates around the world, the move towards open access publishing has thus far privileged a business model which compensates publishers’ lost revenues by shifting the cost of publishing onto authors (and their institutions) in a pay-to-publish model. Although this model has worked very well in the sciences, with publishers like the Public Library of Science (PLOS) demonstrating the benefits of open access to scholarly research and the viability of the APC model, humanities disciplines face a funding crisis and departments struggle to meet the exorbitant costs of subscription journals so additional funding for open access is scarce.

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SME Practitioners reveal IP successes and stumbles in book of industry Tales

tales-from-the-drawing-board-coverA collection of cases from creative producers’ everyday efforts to manage and benefit from their Intellectual Property (IP) is now available for free from CREATe and the University of St Andrews’ Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC). Tales from the Drawing Board: IP wisdom and woes from Scotland’s creative industries is co-supported by CREATe, Creative Scotland, the Economic & Social Research Council, and Innovate UK.

Tales from the Drawing Board focuses on the management of IP among SMEs, micro- organisations and sole traders, a sector whose encounters with the IP landscape have not been as widely researched. Creative Scotland were particularly interested in understanding strategies of this sector, in order to inform policy developments. Described in creative practitioners’ own words, the cases provide insight into how IP issues are experienced “in the wild”, as the speakers set up their businesses, plan for competitive sustainability, and innovate creative products.

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September 2015: CREATe hosts 10th conference of EPIP

In September 2015 CREATe hosted the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Association’s 10th Annual Conference, with 200 delegates attending. This is the first time that this strategically important event has been held in the UK. CREATe investigators and postgraduate researchers contributed to the programme, providing an opportunity to communicate directly with policy making communities. The intellectual and practical arrangements of the conference were universally acclaimed by delegates and participants. Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz, Director at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam and member of CREATe’s Programme Advisory Council said it was “by far the best and most rewarding IP conference I have attended for several years”. Prof. Pamela Samuelson, Director at the Centre for Law & Technology at Berkeley (University of California) congratulated the CREATe team “for a really outstanding conference. I think this is a marvellous event that you’ve put together. I go to a lot of conferences myself and I pretty rarely come away with this much content and things to think about and stimulating ideas”. Prof. Ian Hargreaves who led the UK Government’s Review of Intellectual Property and Growth (2011) said: “The choice of location, I think, reflects great credit upon CREATe, which in less than three years has established itself as a stronghold of evidence based thinking about IP issues.” A wide range of multimedia materials documenting the conference has been made available at


The European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Association was founded in 2005 with the aim “to promote research regarding economic, legal, social, politi – cal and historical aspects of intellectual property rights at national, European and international levels”. This interdisciplinary approach was visionary. It is not an overstatement to say that EPIP’s annual conferences opened a new field of enquiry . Intellectual Property Law left the back office. The difficult questions how to promote innovation, creativity, productivity were now exposed to empirical research. From the beginning, the EPIP Association intended to make a difference beyond academe, by contributing “ideas, concepts and discussions that will promote inno – vation” and “inform and encourage policy-oriented discussion”. As the 10th Annual Conference arrives in Glasgow (and for the first time in the UK), EPIP is well estab – lished as a forum where the best new research meets a wide range of policy makers, from international organisations and governments, to industry and trade bodies. We are very pleased that our now regular collaboration with the European Commis-sion is continuing, involving pre-discussion of topical issues that feed into our call for papers and panels. If you look through the list of delegates and speakers, you will also notice an extraordinarily diverse range of representation, from the W orld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), OECD, the European Trade Marks and Designs Office (OHIM), to think tanks, law firms, and stakeholders such as the British Film Institute, Society of Authors, UK Music and F undación Autor SGAE. The UK IP Office contributed as conference sponsor, as did Microsoft and NESTA for specific panels. There are not many conferences where academics mix that easily with Members of Parliament, government officials and firms. Will we make a difference? This year, we are focussing on the Creative Economy and copyright law. Here, evidence based policy continues to be a particular struggle. We have facilitated a cross-pollination with the SERCI Congress, the annual event of the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues, including joint keynotes, panels and mutually free attendance. We are also pursuing our traditional topics, with some excellent plenaries and sessions, ranging from the role of disclosure in patent systems, to 3D printing, big data, and a panel on trade dress (the visual characteristics of a product that signal its origin – which will take a more central role at the conference in Oxford next year). We had to turn down many paper submissions, and are reaching the limits of what can be accommodated in a two-day conference. I believe it is important that, as an Association, we take our responsibility seriously for the next generation of researchers. If we want interdisciplinary academics who can shape policy in this important field (and we need them), we must offer development opportunities, even a job market for economists, social scientists and lawyers with a focus on innovation. During my tenure as president of EPIP, creating such opportunities through links between innovation centres will be a particular priority, building on our successful pre-conference PhD workshops. I wish you a fruitful conference.

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Forthcoming Event – Goldsmiths Creative Labour Process Group: Concepts and Methods in a Cross-sectoral Frame

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 1.15-5.30 PM
Media Research Building (MRB), Goldsmiths, London

It is possible to envisage a new phase for creative economy research, especially in regard to the focus on working lives. This comes about in the light of long-term decisive neo-liberalisation through arts and cultural worlds, economic austerity, high rates of unemployment and semi-employment in the sector across Europe, and with this the entrenchment of ‘precarite’. This afternoon event allows us to share perspectives for researching creative labour process in a cross-sectoral frame. Of key significance will be the intersection of methodological reflection with conceptual advance. We will open the event with a short paper from Prof Keith Negus (Goldsmiths and CREATe) who has been investigating musicians at work. This will be followed by first panel session which will be focussing on quantitative work currently being undertaken on aspects of creative economy, while the second panel session will provide some close attention to issues around interviews with auteurs, ‘studio visits’ and affect in research. The final plenary talk will be given by Prof. Georgina Born (Oxford, Dept of Music) currently holder of an ERC Grant on digitalisation in music, and will address some issues raised in her 2010 paper for Cultural Sociology.

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A View from the Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2015

Conor O’Kane, PhD Student and Lecturer in Economics at Bournemouth University, offers his perspective of the recent Amsterdam Privacy Conference.

APC2015-logo-431x100The Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) took place over 4 days from the 23-26 October 2015. Organised by the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR), an initiative from the University of Amsterdam, this interdisciplinary conference brought together leading experts in the field of privacy from a diverse range of disciplines including philosophy, law, economics, informatics as well as social, medical and media sciences. The conference was divided into seven themes; (1) Privacy and security, (2) Privacy and the information society, (3) Privacy and healthcare, (4) Privacy and technology, (5) Commercial value of privacy, (6) Transformation of the public space and personalized communication and (7) The value and ethics of privacy.

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A. Rahmatian (editor), Collection of Essays: Concepts of Music and Copyright: How Music Perceives Itself and How Copyright Perceives Music

Dr Andreas Rahmatian of the University of Glasgow introduces his new interdisciplinary collection of essays on music and copyright.

Rahmatian Concepts CoverAndreas Rahmatian (ed.), Concepts of Music and Copyright: How Music Perceives Itself and How Copyright Perceives Music, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015

This edited collection of essays on music and copyright, with four musicians/musicologists and four copyright lawyers as contributors, grew out of an interdisciplinary workshop on music and copyright at the University of Glasgow which the editor organised on the occasion of the tercentenary celebrations of Glasgow Law School in 2013. The aim of this workshop was to bring together musicians and musicologists with copyright law specialists, and to make musicians think about copyright and lawyers reflect about music.

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CREATe academic appointed to Irish government advisory panel

Dr Daithi Mac Sithigh of Newcastle University

CREATe investigator Dr Daithi Mac Sithigh, from Newcastle Law School, has been appointed by the Irish Government as a member of its Open Data Governance Board.

The board was set up earlier this month to provide a strategic vision and leadership for Ireland’s Open Data Initiative.

Open data is data that can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose. It is about making data held by public bodies available and easily accessible online for reuse and redistribution. As public bodies have progressed in areas like eGovernment and data analytics, the potential of data and, in particular, open data to help deliver economic, social and democratic benefits has become clear.

Daithi will work with other members of the Board to provide advice on international best practice in the area of open data, to help improve the capability of public bodies in Ireland in implementing open data, and to consider opportunities to maximise the value of public sector data and information for long-term economic, social and democratic benefits.

Daithi said: “I am delighted to be a member of this new Board. The Government’s decision to set up this interdisciplinary group demonstrates a commitment to robust governance in this exciting and promising area. In working in the CREATe research centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy, and in my recent work on the UK Coalition government’s approach to information technology law, I have seen how important this field is.”

A full press release is available from Newcastle University’s web site.

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Invitation to Discuss Copyright Reform: The Implications One Year On

EFSS_2012_logo_RGBJoin us in Bournemouth on 12th November 2015 to consider the implications of changes to UK copyright made one year ago in the wake of the Hargreaves Review. This ESRC Festival of Social Science event is organised by Professor Maurizio Borghi and Dr. Dinusha Mendis at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University and co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, CREATe University of Glasgow and CCLFR University of Reading. It is free to attend, however attendees are encouraged to register online as places are limited. The event is sure to be of interest to many of us in CREATe, owing to our continued interest in gathering empirical evidence about the role of copyright policy for creativity and commerce.

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