Copyright Questions? Join us for #copyrighthour on Twitter: Friday 25 May @ 2pm

CREATe is encouraging questions from the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) Sector during our #copyrighthour on Friday 25th May at 2pm (GMT+1). We are delighted to welcome copyright specialist and CREATe Industry Fellow Naomi Korn, who will be answering copyright questions and signposting useful resources for museums and cultural institutions. Naomi and her team are specialists in copyright, data protection, licensing and information law compliance.

Naomi will answer through her Twitter account @NKorn with support from CREATe (@copyrightcentre) and Copyright User (@copyrightuser). Please use the hashtag #copyrighthour in questions and comments for Naomi.

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Report on the EnDOW Final Conference

Participants in the EnDOW Final Conference

The results of the European project EnDOW: Enhancing access to 20thCentury cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance were presented at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante on 15th May 2018. The EnDOW project – funded under Heritage Plus – has now come to an end after three years of successful research cooperation among four leading European research centres: CIPPM, Bournemouth University (Project Leader); CREATe, University of Glasgow; IViR, University of Amsterdam; and ASK, Bocconi University, Milan.

The main goal of EnDOW was to facilitate the process of right clearance for European cultural institutions engaged in digitisation of material contained in their collections. In particular, the project developed a platform – http://diligentsearch.eu/diligent-search-tool/ – to help cultural institutions digitise and make available the orphan works in their collections by outsourcing to the crowd the diligent search required by the European Directive on orphan works. In addition to the Diligent Search Tool, EnDOW’s outputs include three Reports on the diligent search requirement across 20 EU countries and on current best practices among Cultural Heritage Institutions (CHIs) when dealing with orphan works: http://diligentsearch.eu/resources/

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New Publication with CREATe contributions: ‘The Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries’

This new collection, with leading contributors from around the world, explores the complex, changing relations between IP and the creative industries. The Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries is edited by two distinguished IP lawyers, Professors Abbe Brown (Aberdeen)  and Charlotte Waelde (Coventry).

The opening chapter is by CREATe Deputy Director Philip Schlesinger; ‘Whither the creative economy? Reflections on the European case’. The volume includes contributions from a number of CREATe researchers:

  • Intellectual property and creative industries policy in the UK by Kristofer Erickson
  • Intellectual property enforcement: empirical consideration of enforcement action by Jane Cornwell
  • Visual Arts: Artists’ voices from the field by Smita Kheria
  • Appropriating value: on the relationship between business models and intellectual property by Henning Berthold, Melinda Grewar, Shiona Chillas and Barbara Townley
  • The hard sell: economics and intellectual property policy in the creative and cultural industries by Nicola Searle

For further details see: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-handbook-on-intellectual-property-and-creative-industries

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New Working Paper: Photographic Copyright and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective

A new paper in the CREATe Working Paper series is now available: Photographic Copyright and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective by Elena Cooper and Sheona Burrow. Elena Cooper is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Copyright Law, History and Policy and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Sheona Burrow is Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Part time).

The paper provides an in-depth case study of the enforcement of copyright in photographs by some contemporary rights-owners: freelance professional photographers who derive income from the exploitation of photographic copyright. Referring to the theoretical framework of Guido Calabresi and A Douglas Melamed, the article reflects on the implications for the nature and function of copyright in a specific context today. It explores contemporary experience alongside the enforcement of copyright by professional photographers in the past (the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries), noting the influence of the bureaucratisation of copyright exploitation (i.e. exploitation through picture libraries) on legal decision making in a particular forum today: the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Small Claims Track.

The full abstract and downloadable paper can be accessed from here: Photographic Copyright and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective

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Join us for a Copyright Awareness Hour on Twitter: Friday 25 May @ 2pm

CREATe will be hosting a #copyrighthour on Friday 25th May at 2pm (GMT+1). Join copyright specialist and CREATe Industry Fellow Naomi Korn when she will be answering copyright questions and signposting useful resources for museums and cultural institutions.

Naomi will answer through her Twitter account @NKorn with support from CREATe (@copyrightcentre) and Copyright User (@copyrightuser). Please use the hashtag #copyrighthour in questions for Naomi.

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New Working Paper: Modelling the Evolution of the TV Drama Production Sector in the UK

Now available is a new paper in the CREATe Working Paper series: Modelling the Evolution of the TV Drama Production Sector in the UK by Richard Paterson.

Richard Paterson is a Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow. He was a CREATe Industry Fellow and the former Head of Research and Scholarship at the BFI. This exploratory paper considers the evolution of drama production companies in the UK against the backdrop of regulatory interventions. It poses the question of what was it that made a successful drama production company as the context of TV production changed.

The full abstract and downloadable paper can be accessed from here: Modelling the Evolution of the TV Drama Production Sector in the UK.

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Apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with CREATe

Are you interested in exploring copyright’s next frontier? Do you want to do that while working at CREATe? Apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with CREATe as a host institution!

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are set of EU funding initiatives supporting research, training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field – a “bottom-up” approach. Endowing researchers with new skills and a wider range of competencies, while offering them attractive working conditions, is a crucial aspect of the MSCA. In addition to fostering mobility between countries, the MSCA also seek to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business. Several MSCA initiatives promote the involvement of industry and NGOs  in doctoral and post-doctoral research: for more details see here.

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Report: Dataset Licensing Workshop – ‘Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right’

Post by Ally Farnhill, CREATe PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant.


The recent Dataset Licensing workshop “Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right,” took place on Friday 6 April 2018 at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow. The event saw professionals from a variety of backgrounds come together to discuss the crucial and complex area of research data licensing, with a focus on Open Access. The Dataset Licensing project is the result of a collaboration between CREATe, the Research Information Management team at the University of Glasgow, and JISC. The project aims to identify specific issues around the licensing of datasets, including the current move towards increasingly Open Access resources, and to facilitate deeper understanding and greater confidence in dealing with these complex issues.

The whole day workshop followed an earlier scoping event, and provided a valuable opportunity to review progress from December’s event, and discuss the issues in more depth. The workshop comprised four group sessions, during which attendees were encouraged to review a series of draft information sheets in their groups, in addition to two informative presentations.

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Open Letter: The EU Copyright Directive is failing

Academics from 25 leading Intellectual Property research centres in Europe have today published an open letter, expressing grave concerns at the legislative direction of the proposed copyright directive.

After a balanced draft report by the European Parliament’s Rapporteur Therese Comodini (Comodini Report, issued on 10 March 2017 [LINK]), recent texts coming from the new Rapporteur Axel Voss [LINK] and the Bulgarian Presidency [LINK] of the Council of the European Union appear to be sliding towards a compromise that fails the aims of the Directive to improve choice, access and fairness in the digital environment.

There is scientific consensus
–      that the proposed exception for text-and-data-mining in Art. 3 will not achieve its goal to stimulate innovation and research if restricted to certain organisations,
–      that the proposals for a new publishers’ right under Art. 11 will favour incumbent press publishing interests rather than innovative quality journalism,
–      and that the proposals for Art. 13 threaten the user participation benefits of the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) which shared the responsibility for enforcement between rightholders and service providers.

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New Copyright Guidance for Museums & Galleries + Copyright Awareness Hour Announcement

Copyright specialist and CREATe Industry Fellow Naomi Korn marks World IP Day with the launch of new Copyright Guidance for Museums & Galleries, and announces an upcoming Copyright Awareness Hour.


Museums are creators and commissioners of copyright works, consumers of content created by others, and custodians of collections in which they may or may not own the rights. How they subsequently identify, clear, manage and use these rights is an operational issue with potential high resource issues. If they choose to build business models on these rights, provide access and allow reuse, the way that they incorporate those rights within long term planning will ultimately impact upon strategic objectives. In particular, how organisations achieve the appropriate balance between charging and/or controlling access and re-use of their assets, and on the other hand, what is available openly and/or for free, is crucial and indicative of the challenges facing most publicly funded cultural heritage organisations in the UK. This is a pressing and complex issue, and one intrinsically linked to a number of internal and external drivers, competing agendas and challenges including:

• How to avoid dealing with rights issues on a piece meal basis, which reduces their ability to deal efficiently with rights, protecting and optimising their rights, and creating a holistic approach to rights management.
• Their digital strategic direction: the desire to communicate across multiple platforms of delivery, including social media, third party sites like Google platforms and Europeana
• Their appetite and approach to risk.
• Legislative requirements.
• Constant advances in digital technology & user expectations.
• Developments in licensing (specifically Creative Commons licences) and funding requirements.
• Working with staff, volunteers, contractors, interns and students.

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