CREATe researcher Florence Thepot reports from CLaSF Workshop on Competition and Regulatory trends in Digital Markets, Lisbon Law School, 14 April 2016, where she spoke on ‘The role of digital platforms in the creative industry; Consumer Welfare v. Innovation?’.
On 14th April 2016 I attended a Workshop on Competition and Regulatory trends in Digital Markets organised by the Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) and Lisbon Law School (in conjunction with its Jean Monnet Chair in Economic Regulation in the EU). The workshop took place at Lisbon Law School.
Created by UK-based competition law scholars Prof Barry Rodger, Prof Angus MacCullogh and Prof Alan Riley, ClaSF workshops take place twice a year (usually every Spring and Autumn) in different cities in Europe. Workshops always feature topical competition policy topics and are a quite unique forum for lively scholarly debate about competition policy, in a friendly atmosphere. Speakers are scholars from institutions all over Europe, and all levels of seniority in academia are represented (including PhD candidates). Launched in 2004, the Competition Law Review (refereed journal) receives paper submission following each workshop as well as any other paper falling within the scope of the particular issue.
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On 28 April 2016, CREATe was delighted to welcome Dr Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, an anthropologist from the University of Oxford, to deliver the first talk in the CREATe Studio Spring/Summer Lecture Series: ‘How Trinkets Became Piracy: Intellectual Property Discourse and its Impacts on Informal Economy in Brazil’. Drawing on over 15 years of anthropological fieldwork, Dr Pinheiro-Machado presented her ethnographic findings about the impact of the criminalisation of copyright infringement on ordinary street-traders in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil and the Paraguayan border. In addition to uncovering the complex authenticity classifications articulated by the street-traders and their difference to intellectual property norms, Dr Pinheiro-Machado addressed a number of broader questions. How do nation states, such as Brazil, apply the international agenda set by the TRIPs agreement? What is the power of intellectual property discourse in the post-TRIPs era? In unfolding the story of copyright and criminalisation in Brazil, Dr Pinheiro-Machado drew contrasts with the contemporaneous experience in China, which she has also researched. The talk provoked lively comment from the floor covering a wide range of issues: the legitimacy of criminal laws passed in response to international pressure (Dr Elena Cooper), how the concept of ‘open access’ might apply to trade mark law (Megan Rae Blakely), and the ‘branding’ of nation states as efficient enforcers of intellectual property rights (Alison MacNeil).
A video recording of the talk is available here:
Dr Rosana Pinheiro-Machado is a social scientist and an anthropologist. She is a Departmental Lecturer in the Department of International Development at University of Oxford. As a Wenner Gren grantee, she received her PhD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS/Brazil). Prior to joining Oxford, she has held visiting positions at Harvard University and UCL. Her PhD thesis – based on a longitudinal research across three countries (China, Paraguay, and Brazil) over 15 years – was awarded several prizes, including Best PhD Thesis in Brazil, by the Ministry of Education. Her book Made in China published in Brazil (Hucitec, 2011) is currently being translated into English.
CREATe is publishing today a new working paper by Dr Jeremy Silver, CREATe Industry Fellow and incoming CEO of the Digital Catapult.
Blockchain or the Chaingang?
Challenges, opportunities and hype: the music industry and blockchain technologies
Music Ally is launching Jeremy’s report at an event in London, hosted by City firm ReedSmith (Thursday 12th May, 18:00-21:00):
Blockchain: music without the middlemen?
Paul Brindley (CEO and Co-founder, Music Ally) writes:
This Music Ally event will serve as both the launchpad of the first in-depth report on what blockchain really means for the music industry and a forum to help build a practical consensus around the next steps to enable the industry to take full advantage of blockchain technologies.
Guest post by Ruth Soetendorp (Chair, Intellectual Property Awareness Network) and Scott Walker (PRS for Music) on convening the CREATe supported Copyright Education Symposium on 24 May in London.
What would bring together representatives from the creative industries, academics and policymakers? A chance to discuss how to improve the impact of copyright education initiatives and the research that informs and underpins them? Yes indeed! On 24 May the BPI will play host to a gathering of people across these communities to assess the effectiveness of copyright education and get a grip on what research and initiatives are out there, what is working and what can be improved as we look ahead. Continue reading
We have released a limited number of additional tickets, due to the high demand for our one-day conference exploring how copyright impacts the access to, and use of, our shared cultural heritage across borders and online.
A list of speakers and booking link can be found here.
The event is complemented by two pop-up events, which are also free and don’t require booking, an exhibition and a #drinkingaboutmuseums meet up.
The CREATe Associate Project ‘Appraising Potential Legal Responses to Threats to the Production of News in a Digital Environment’ organized a one day conference on 23 April 2016 at the University of Amsterdam to ask questions about the future of copyright in news’. This resource first appeared on the CIPIL website.
CREATe Research Associate Dr. Richard Danbury will present findings from the project at the CREATe Festival 2016.
The difficulties of commercial journalism
Like music and other branches of publishing, commercial news journalism has faced radical challenges over the last two decades. There is talk of the “death of the newspaper” and questions have been raised about the very future of journalism. While with music, books and films, the greatest threat to existing business models have been seen as the unauthorised and unremunerated home copying and peer-to-peer distribution, with commercial news journalism much of the challenge derives from the fact that advertising has not followed the shift of print-newspapers to the Internet. Such difficulties are compounded, from the point of view of news publishers, by the relatively free availability of news from other online sources. And they’ve been further compounded by the recent rise of social media, particularly Facebook, as a main route to the news. Continue reading
CREATe researcher Kris Erickson has today published an article in the open access Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics. The article reviews literature from law and economics which defines the public domain in economic terms. This approach to the public domain has become common post-Gowers with the political turn toward evidence-based IP policymaking. Public interest justifications for a vibrant public domain have been shifted to the background while a focus on economic efficiency, innovation and growth have achieved prominence.
Advocating for wider consideration of the public interest in defining the public domain, Erickson finds a range of justifications which may evade current economic approaches:
‘There are a range of public interest reasons for safeguarding and expanding a copyright public domain. It can enable consumers of media to shift roles to co-produce, critique and remix political speech; it can promote media literacy by giving educators and learners opportunity to access and transform expressive works; it can contribute to the legitimacy of the rule of law and intellectual property (by bringing the law in line with everyday practices); and it can promote intercultural understanding by constituting a reservoir of imagined collective history.’ (2016: 69).
The article appears in a special issue on Public Domain and Democracy in the Digital Age, edited by Patricia Mindus, Associate Professor in Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University and Nils Säfström, PhD candidate in Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University. Research supporting this article was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) grant, ‘The Value of Public Domain Works’ (ES/K008137/1).
Read the article in full at the Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics
The Whisky Bond venue is a hip open workspace for agile startups in Spiers Locks, Glasgow
The CREATe hackathon will happen next Friday evening at the Whisky Bond in Glasgow. For those unaware, hackathons are short, intensive software development sessions where teams compete to produce innovative solutions to challenges. The theme of this hackathon is data mining and visualisation to improve copyright policy.
This topic should be right up the street of many of our regular readers. Copyright’s limitations are of intense interest to digital innovation researchers, where alternative business models and innovation have emerged. Let’s see what new perspectives we can gain from the hackathon format!
There is a £1000 prize for the winning team and a £200 runner up award. The challenges have been laid down and teams are already starting to form. Read more about the challenges and sign up for the event here.
Join us for a showcase of findings from CREATe’s research programme. You will participate in policy debates and expert panels that explore the future of the creative economy, the interface of digital innovation and legal regulation, and in particular the role of copyright law. You can take part in a behavioural experiment, attend a workshop on fashion IP, learn more about art forgery, or interact with fellow online video creators in a meet-up. There will also be an award of a hackathon prize as well as the launch of CREATe’s very own tartan!
The Festival has partnered with London Technology Week, a festival of events taking place throughout London that celebrates and connects innovators from leading R&D centres, tech businesses, universities and specialist hubs.
Access the preliminary programme here and book your place now. A dedicated festival website will be launched shortly.
Join the conversation using #createfest16 and #LDNTechWeek.
How does copyright impact the access to and use of our shared cultural heritage across borders, and online? Copyright and Cultural Memory is a one-day conference, organised by CREATe, designed to explore this essential question.