Monthly Archives: May 2013
Much ado, even an air of conspiracy, surrounds the passing of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) on 25 April. The main focus has been on the Copyright Provisions in Part VI (“Miscellaneous and general“) that will insert a new section 116A into the Copyright, Design and Patent Act 1988, entitled “Orphan works licensing and extended collective licensing”. The section will enable the government to set up (through the statutory instrument of regulations) a body with the authority to license so-called Orphan works, i.e. those works whose owner of copyright “has not been found after a diligent search made in accordance with the regulations” (s. 116A(3)). Campaigning photographers (http://www.stop43.org.uk/) have argued that identifying metadata are routinely removed before images … Continue reading
CREATe Working Paper No. 5, “What happens to my Facebook profile when I die?” : Legal Issues Around Transmission of Digital Assets on Death, Available Now
The fifth release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available to download from our website. “What happens to my Facebook profile when I die?” : Legal Issues Around Transmission of Digital Assets on Death by CREATe deputy director Lilian Edwards and Edina Harbinja is the pre-print of a chapter forthcoming in “Digital Legacy and Interaction: Post-Mortem Issues” edited by Vinicius Carpe and Cristiano Maciel (Springer, forthcoming November 2013). The chapter aims to explore some of the major legal issues pertaining to transmission of digital assets on death.
The Public Domain Remix competition was launched in France on the 4th of May as part of the OuiShare festival. The competition, organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia France seeks to promote the public domain by demonstrating the versatility and utility of these works, and what they can be used to accomplish. Participants are encouraged to embrace transmediality, and seek to be transformative in their approach to remixing. For example, converting literature to music or still images to video. The contest is as such divided into five categories: Arts, Literature, Music, Video and Hardware. The competition will run till December 31st, 2013, and readers are encouraged to forward the information to anyone that might be interested in tackling this interesting … Continue reading
Philip Schlesinger makes a correction and raises a new question. Hasan Bakhshi has written to correct my misquotation of the NESTA Manifesto’s definition of the creative economy. I wrote: ‘those sectors which specialise in the use of creative talent for creative purposes’ (p.34) But it should be: ‘those sectors which specialise in the use of creative talent for commercial purposes’ (p.34) Hasan’s corrective nudge, however, has turned my attention to another matter. He and his co-authors observe that in their proposal to redefine the key terms there is ‘only one bottomless item of complexity: the word creativity’ (p.34). Not entirely so: if talent has more of a ‘bottom’ (or has been less over-used) it is nonetheless also very complex. Thus … Continue reading
Professor Philip Schlesinger – Deputy Director, CREATe discusses the recently launched NESTA Manifesto for the Creative Economy. Update: see Schlesinger’s follow-up post for a correction and additional reflection. NESTA launched A Manifesto for the Creative Economy on 23 April. Its meeting room was packed to capacity, with prominent members of the great and unco guid well in evidence. The timing was rather opportune. NESTA set out its stall for redefining the creative economy just a day before Maria Miller, the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, spoke at the British Museum about culture and the arts in an age of austerity. Affirming her belief in the civilizing effects of culture and its centrality to Britishness, Ms Miller … Continue reading
Prof Ronan Deazley, Founding Director of CREATe, has been invited to join the Finance, Sustainability and Legal Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (the OLH), a project exploring a Public Library of Science-style model for the humanities and social sciences. For more about the OLH, visit their website at https://www.openlibhums.org/.
CREATe investigators Lilian Edwards of Strathclyde University and Derek Mcauley of Nottingham University presented a paper on Real Name Policies and Social Media at a special workshop on the interface between Web Science and Internet Science at the Web Science Conference in Paris on the 1st of May. Co-located with CHI and Hypertext, this was one of the biggest gatherings of those involved in interdisciplinary work around the Web in years, with c. 4,000 people in attendance. The paper combined law and computing science and presented preliminary work on CREATe’s Open Platform Work Package being led by Nottingham/Horizon. A longer version of the paper authored by Edwards alone will form part of a special festschrift being published in May 2013 in honour of IT … Continue reading
Work on post-mortem privacy being undertaken by CREATe’s deputy director Professor Lilian Edwards and Edina Harbinja led to an interdisciplinary symposium at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference last autumn, which in its turn has generated a special section of the online peer reviewed journal SCRIPTed. It is now available online from the SCRIPTed website and includes excellent pieces by Edina (on law and DP), Damien McCallig (on post mortem copyright), Elaine Kasket (on psychology and relationships after death), Jan Bikker (on disasters and social media) and an editorial by Professor Edwards.
National Academy of Sciences (USA) publishes “Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy”
Merrill & Raduchel (eds) 2013. Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy. Over the course of several decades, copyright protection has been expanded and extended through legislative changes occasioned by national and international developments. The content and technology industries affected by copyright and its exceptions, and in some cases balancing the two, have become increasingly important as sources of economic growth, relatively high-paying jobs, and exports. Since the expansion of digital technology in the mid-1990s, they have undergone a technological revolution that has disrupted long-established modes of creating, distributing, and using works ranging from literature and news to film and music to scientific publications and computer software. In the United States and internationally, these disruptive changes have given … Continue reading
Nesta, an independent charity supporting innovation, has launched a ten point plan intended to bolster the UK’s creative sector, entitled A Manifesto for the Creative Economy. Authors Hasan Bakhshi, Ian Hargreaves and Juan Mateos-Garcia summarise the importance to the UK’s economy of the creative sector and emphasise the importance of openness, comprehensive availability of skills training and education, flexible policy tools and the widespread proliferation of digital technologies. Click here for further details on the Manifesto. CREATe’s deputy director Professor Philip Schlesinger will shortly comment here on the manifesto.