Monthly Archives: November 2013

‘Team Open’: Creative Commons finally finding its role?

Post by Prof. Dr. Leonhard Dobusch, first published here.

Creative Commons licenses are essential to virtually all of the different “open movements”, which have emerged over the past two decades beyond open source software. In the realm of open education, open science and open access, Creative Commons licenses are the standard way to make content open to the wider public. Also in fields such as open data and open government Creative Commons licenses are widely used to make it easier for third parties to re-use publicly funded content.

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CCPR knowledge exchange seminar for Cultural Enterprise Office

Philip Schlesinger, Melanie Selfe and Ealasaid Munro presented their interim findings on their in-depth study of Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO) to staff and board on 11 November. The research project involves a comprehensive organisational analysis of CEO’s support for cultural micro-businesses in Scotland and is funded by the AHRC’s Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange programme. The project has already had an impact on CEO’s in-house thinking as well as its fund-raising. This is the first of three planned events, with others to come in January and March. Methodological challenges posed by the study will be discussed at CREATe’s upcoming capacity building event ‘Creatives Day‘ on 31 January 2014.

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Images, metadata, orphans

Post by Prof. Derek McAuley

Coincidentally, five days after the publication of the Copyright Licensing Steering Group‘s report on the last 12 months of work on streamlining copyright, I was due to give a talk at a joint event of CREATe and the EPSRC funded Network of Excellence in Identity. The event “Identity Lost – electronic identity, digital orphan works and copyright law reform”, the talk “Digital tool chains; get your act together” – what joy to find the CLSG report, which lays down 10 key principles, formed the perfect frame to what I had planned to talk about! What should we do to avoid the on going creation of digital works that are orphans at birth?

Herewith the blogged version of the talk…

Metadata matters: encourage its use and preservation

I. By default create and preserve metadata

What is metadata in a digital image? Simply data attached to the digital image written by the camera when the image is created or afterwards as the image is processed by various tools. Nearly all cameras (including smartphones) capture information about the “camera” – lens, aperture, timing, resolution etc. – and the when and (especially with smartphones) the where. (More here.)

© Derek McAuley; not really sufficient…

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CREATe Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher in Economics

This post is a three-year Research Fellowship based in CREATe that on the satisfaction of performance conditions will subsequently convert into a permanent lectureship in an appropriate department at the University of Glasgow (the University hosts the Adam Smith Business School, and world leading academic units in law, economics, economic & social history and cultural policy). The candidate is expected to develop a research agenda that opens new economic perspectives specifically on copyright law. For more information or to apply for this post please visit the University of Glasgow’s recruitment website.

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CREATe Postdoctoral Researcher in Copyright Law, History and Policy

This post is an eighteen months Researcher position with a focus on copyright law, history & policy within CREATe at the University of Glasgow’s School of Law (in the College of Social Sciences). The candidate is expected to develop a research agenda on copyright law and its history, with a strong interdisciplinary and policy focus. CREATe has an ambitious development agenda, and the successful candidate will have every opportunity to benefit from further funding and new academic programmes and positions. For further information or to apply for this post please visit the University of Glasgow’s recruitment website.

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Kretschmer Presents at Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics’ Economic Evidence in Legal Procedures Seminar

Professor Martin Kretschmer presented a seminar at the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics on 4th November, exploring the topic of “Limitless Copyright?” He contrasted views expressed by Ian Hargreaves in his 2011 Review of Intellectual Property and Growth with those often attributed to Wendy Gordon’s 1982 paper: “Fair Use as Market Failure” and questioned the role of empirical evidence in the context of the debate. The seminar was organised by Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics and the Institute for Information Law (IViR).

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Kretschmer Presents at Goethe University’s Formation of Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence

Professor Martin Kretschmer addressed “The Formation of Normative Orders” Cluster of Excellence at Goethe University in Frankfurt on November 5th 2013; the title of his lecture was “Limitless Copyright?” Kretschmer considered the appropriateness of legislative intervention limiting the scope of copyright, and sought to understand what empirical evidence may contribute to the debate.

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Edwards to Address Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School

CREATe Deputy Director Professor Lilian Edwards will give a talk to the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School on November 12th entitled “Third Strike for ‘Three Strikes’ Legislation? Internet Intermediaries as Tools of Copyright Enforcement”. The talk will include coverage of work undertaken in CREATe’s research work package 3C.3, Public/Intermediary-enabled Copyright Enforcement. 

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Data Where?

Introduction by Lilian Edwards

Below is a blog written originally on the personal website of Prof Derek McAuley, head of the Horizon Digital Economy Hub and Doctoral Training Centre and lead for Nottingham as partner in CREATe. I have added a short new introduction to put into context why the work outlined below is an integral and vital part of the CREATe work programme.
Horizon is CREATe’s major partner looking at the creative industries’ problems from the viewpoint of technology and computing science. Specifically, Horizon took on the Herculean job of considering a number of interlocked problems. First, the Internet is obviously the source of, and platform for, much of the new creative and innovative activity in modern society. It clearly and brutally cannot be ignored by a Centre devoted to promoting the creative industries.

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