Monthly Archives: October 2013
CREATe presents, as part of University of Strathclyde’s Internet Law Events Autumn 2013, “3D Printing – Industry Game Changer or Just the Latest Hype?” on 3rd December 2013 at the University of Strathclyde’s McCance Building.
3D printing is the talk of the steamie: will it create the next industrial revolution or expose us to the next wave of 3D real world piracy? A panel of lawyers, technologists and economists consider the opportunities and stumbling blocks around 3D printing. This un-missable event is the first of its kind in Scotland.
In a timely post in the Managing Culture section of the Tafter Journal, Pierre-Jean Benghozi and Elisa Salvador from Ecole Polytechnique Paris, argue that despite an increase in interest in the strategic and economic dimensions of creative industries (CIs) and their business models, the issue of managing R&D in the creative industries is severely neglected, with most organizations providing for poor investments in the R&D function. They cite innovations such as, the sound recording by Edison/ General Electric in the early 20th Century, the Walkman by Sony, and, the Appstore by Apple, where disruptive innovations strategically changing the landscape of a creative industry have come from outside the industry, and where creative firms have not managed to control their innovation. This has been attributed to poor investment in the R&D function within CIs.
CREATe Studio, an interdisciplinary reading group, met for the first time on 17 October 2013 to discuss the BBC Radio broadcast The Sins of Literature: Thou Shalt Not Steal. The broadcast consulted with authors regarding their perspectives on plagiarism of their works. Each author held slightly different views on plagiarism, and a main factor for whether an author would approve of or allow direct copying of a work related to whether the work was somehow transformed or used in a way that did not overlap with the author’s market, e.g., exactly copying a passage from a “poppy, airport, nonfiction book” and using it in a Broadway play was appreciated by the original author. However, all authors agreed that the author’s voice is the most unique and important part of the work to protect, posing a challenge for legal systems due to the nebulous nature of the author’s voice.
What do musicians think of copyright? Do their views depend on whether they play jazz or rock? Or whether the issue is downloading or sampling? Are their views simply a product of commercial self-interest, or do politics and aesthetics mediate them?
In the future, readers will not go in search of books to read. Feral books will stalk readers, sneak into their ebook libraries, and leap out to ambush them. Readers will have to beat books off with a baseball bat; hold them at bay with a flaming torch: refuse to interact: and in extreme cases, feign dyslexia, blindness or locked-in syndrome to avoid being subjected to literature.
You think I’m exaggerating for effect, don’t you?
CREATe’s recently organized symposium ‘Archives and Copyright: Developing an Agenda for Reform’ addressed the proposed changes to current copyright legislation, which continue to cause concern within the cultural heritage sector. The event, held in London on 27th September, examined the use of risk-management strategies by cultural heritage institutions, using the Wellcome Library’s Codebreakers project as an exemplar.
Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Director of CREATe, presented a keynote on 26th September 2013 at “Cultural Contents in the digital era” conference organized by Confrontations Europe and the Permanent Representation of France to the EU. Prof. Kretschmer’s ‘opening debate’ responded to Pierre Lescure’s report for the French government, and reflected on the UK copyright position following the Hargreaves Review. The debate included a discussion on how to foster innovation and to preserve the diversity and richness of creation. The debate also offered an opportunity for speakers from France and Germany to provide a comparative analysis of ‘cultural content in the digital era’ from their respective countries. A summary of the debates will be available shortly here.