Monthly Archives: January 2014

Launch of ‘CREATe File-Sharing Evidence Review’ & Stakeholders Meeting 2014

Jump to: Report Launch: Context and Study Panel Discussion Stakeholders Meeting Press Coverage and Social Media Reactions Image Gallery Event Text Transcript, Videos and Audio Registered Attendees CREATe Report Launch: ‘A review of the causes and impacts of unlawful file sharing’ London, Stationers’ Hall, April 11th, 2014, 3-6pm Using systematic reviewing techniques drawn from the medical sciences, a team of behavioural economists and psychologists from the University of East Anglia (Dr Steven James Watson*, Prof. Daniel John Zizzo and Dr Piers Fleming) undertook a scoping review of all evidence published between 2003-2013 into the welfare implications and determinants of unlawful file sharing. Articles on unlawful file sharing for digital media including music, film, television, videogames, software and books, were methodically searched; … Continue reading

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Fair Copyright Law: Tel Aviv University, 6-7 January 2014

CREATe Director Prof. Martin Kretschmer spoke at an international workshop on copyright limitations and exceptions in the digital age at the Cegla Center for interdisciplinary research on the law, Tel Aviv University. The event was organised by Prof. Lionel Bently (Cambridge) and Prof. Michael Birnhack (Tel Aviv), both partners of the CREATe centre. The gap between copyright law in the books and copyright law in action seems broader than ever before: the law protects copyright owners’ rights and limits users’ freedom to use works of authorship, and at the same time, users seem not to care too much about the law, and continue to download, upload, and share copyrighted material, without permission. The content industries advocate more enforcement so as to bridge this … Continue reading

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Research Perspectives on the Public Domain: Transcript and Presentations

On 11th October 2013, CREATe sponsored a seminar on Research Perspectives on the Public Domain, co-chaired by LKAS Research Fellow, Dr. Kris Erickson and CREATe Director Professor Martin Kretschmer. A full transcript of the event is now available as a CREATe working paper. Slide presentations from the event can be downloaded below.

The event included brief lectures by six interdisciplinary scholars, both domestic and international, who made presentations regarding their research findings and addressed challenges related to intellectual property regulations as well as any impact on the public domain. By bringing together diverse, interdisciplinary research areas, the seminar aimed to better situate the body of knowledge and value of the public domain in current research. The goals of the discussion included: identifying opportunities for scholars to benefit from cross-disciplinary perspectives, leveraging these perspectives to narrow upon current disciplinary blind spots in humanities research regarding intellectual property regulation, and bringing socially important questions to the forefront via this interdisciplinary approach.

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A digital rights bill means nothing without basic state compliance

This article is a reproduction of a post originally featured at The Conversation.

By Emily Laidlaw, University of East Anglia

More than 500 high-profile names, including authors, musicians and five Nobel laureates, have signed a petition to the United Nations calling for a bill of digital rights to be developed in the wake of this year’s revelations about state surveillance.

The petition, signed by Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoppard and Günter Grass, among others, condemns the mass surveillance that has been revealed over the last few months, starting with the NSA secrets revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Titled A Stand for Democracy in a Digital Age, the petition says mass surveillance is an affront on human rights and treats every citizen as a suspect.

Down the road, it seems likely that Snowden’s revelations will be seen as the tipping point in the digital human rights debate.
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CREATe Partners with Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference

Since 2008, every year in Brussels, the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference gathers policy makers, academics, computer scientists, consultants, practitioners and activists from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in information technology, privacy, data protection and law. During three days of the conference, relevant topics are discussed by eminent speakers participating in several panels and workshops. Various side-events are organised as well. Joining a number of outstanding academic institutions, including several prestigious American and European organisations, CREATe is partnering with CPDP for this year’s event. For CPDP 2014, CREATe is organising a panel entitled ‘Post-Mortem Privacy: Exploring Deceased’s interests in a Digital World’. The panel will be chaired by Prof Michael Birnhack from Tel … Continue reading

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CREATe Working Paper 2014/1, Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review, Available Now

The eleventh release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series (and the first of 2014) is now available for download. Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review by Giancarlo Frosio under the supervision of Estelle Derclaye investigates the current trends, advantages, disadvantages, problems and solutions, opportunities and barriers in Open Access Publishing, and in particular Open Access academic publishing.

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Creating a more open user and creator platform.

Post by Mr. Dominic Price, Horizon Research Fellow, contributing to CREATe’s WP2A.

Online social networking is now in its second decade.  Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are enormously popular: Facebook claims over 1 billion active accounts and an average of 58 million unique messages (Tweets) pass through Twitter every day.  The recent explosion in smart-phone ownership with their associated ‘app’ cultures has also fuelled the growth of mobile social networking with the introduction of apps such as Whatsapp and Snapchat.  We can see from this that online social networking is a popular and central activity to a large proportion of the global population.  This is not surprising: we humans are social animals with a need to communicate with each other.  Social networking augments our existing ‘offline social networks’, allowing us to keep in touch with people over great distances, share our experiences and associated content (e.g., photos, videos, soundtracks and reports), organise our social lives and discover new social networks that were previously beyond our reach.


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Brimelow to Chair CREATe’s Programme Advisory Council

We are delighted to announce that Alison Brimelow has been appointed as the Chair of CREATe’s Programme Advisory Council. In a distinguished career at the very forefront of intellectual property policy Alison is a former Chief Executive and Comptroller General of the UK Patent Office (now the Intellectual Property Office) and was the fifth President of the European Patent Office, a position she held from 2007 to 2010. CREATe’s Programme Advisory Council is established to assist and shape the research agenda and academic vision of the Centre. Its two core functions are to support engagement with stakeholders, especially industry, policy makers, public sector cultural institutions and civil society and to provide domain expertise in proposing and reviewing applications for new … Continue reading

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