Monthly Archives: June 2014

Copyright Exceptions in Parliament

The letter reproduced below was sent on 6 June 2014 by UK Intellectual Property Law Professors to the Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee on Secondary Legislation, addressing (in their view unjustified) concerns about the implementation of new copyright exceptions for Parody and Quotation, and Personal Copying for Private Use. The letter was cited in the House of Commons Grand Committee on 9 July and in the House of Lords on 29 July. The exceptions will now come into force on 1 October 2014. Update 30 July 2014: The Copyright Regulations 2014, introducing exceptions for Parody and Quotation, and Personal Copying for Private Use were passed by the House of Lords on 29 July. Hansard transcript link below, including motion to approve by the … Continue reading

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New research examines IP status of user-generated contributions to TV production

An article published this week in the Journal of Media Business Studies by authors Todd Green and CREATe research fellow Kris Erickson asks, ‘what happens when user contributions are solicited and used to produce interactive TV?’ The question is a thorny one for a number of reasons, not least because cultural and organisational conditions under which TV is made are often distant from professional legal conceptions of copyright. The authors argue that television production teams operate with at least four sometimes contradictory models of intellectual property in mind: legal, entrepreneurial, financial, and communitarian. Important copyright considerations abound. User contributions are most often solicited via third-party platforms such as facebook and twitter, which are governed by terms of service agreements. Further, … Continue reading

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Copyright liabilities loom for cloud providers in wake of Aereo judgement

News piece by Dr Monica Horten, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science A judgement handed down in the US Supreme Court today has underpinned the claim of a group of broadcast companies that royalties were due from a cloud-based service relaying copyrighted content. The ruling also raises a looming threat of new liabilities for the nascent cloud computing industry. The case of ABC Inc et al vs Aereo Inc, concerned whether or not a cloud service transmitting broadcast television to computer users over the Internet infringes copyright law. In brief, the Supreme Court ruling means that it does, but it is in the detail of the ruling that the cloud liability is implied.

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CREATe Researchers present at BILETA 2014

CREATe’s Andrew Black and Judith Rauhofer reflect upon their trip to the 2014 BILETA conference. This year’s BILETA conference took place at the beautiful (and bunny filled) UEA campus in sunny Norwich and saw a memorable three days of presentations by a fantastic array of speakers. The setting for the conference was the newly refurbished UEA law school building, opened after renovations just three weeks before our appearance in mid-April. In that regard a huge ‘well done’ has to go out to the conference organiser Dr Karen Mc Cullagh: arranging a conference at a venue that doesn’t even exist yet must have been a daunting challenge! There was an impressive CREATe turnout at the event, including (alongside this post’s authors … Continue reading

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Understanding Approaches towards New Technologies in the Cultural Sector

Post by Amber Geurts (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), summarizing her presentation at CREATe Researchers Conference & Technology Capacity Building Event Within existing research, there is a lack of understanding concerning the way creative, or cultural organizations, approach new technologies – even though technological developments have changed, facilitated and threatened the cultural sector enormously over the last several years. On the one hand, utopian approaches to new technologies (Castells, 2002) stress how these technologies have enabled cultural organizations to inform, educate and engage a wider and more diverse public (Cunliffe, Kritou & Tudhope, 2001), or created opportunities for cultural organizations to reduce costs of production and distribution (Cameron, 2011). On the other hand, dystopian views contrast these expectations by emphasizing how … Continue reading

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Creative imagining: the future of copyright regimes in the film making industry

Researchers from CREATe partner ISSTI (The Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation) based at the University of Edinburgh, recently engaged with independent film directors during the Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival (BccN) held between 5-8 June 2014. The focus of this industry seminar was the study of new business models in the creative industries and co-envisaging the future with respect to new forms of copyright management.

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Copyright Policy Briefing by Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer, USPTO

CREATe Research Fellow Dr Elena Cooper attended a briefing by Shira Perlmutter (Chief Policy Officer, USPTO) organised by the UK Intellectual Property Office. The briefing took place on 7 April, and covered, very usefully, new copyright policy initiatives by the Obama administration. Dr Cooper took notes that have now been reviewed by Ms Perlmutter, and cleared for publication. —- Briefing by Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer, USPTO delivered at Intellectual Property Office, London at 10am on 7.4.2014 Purpose of Briefing: to outline where USPTO is going with copyright policy in light of a very active year. Focus on Green Paper issued by US Department of Commerce in July 2013: Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy.

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…the _Te_ in CREATe…

– Post by Dr. Richard Mortier, Horizon Transitional Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and Academic Curator of CREATe ‘Technology’ Capacity Building Conference June 2014. Next week, June 17 & 18, The University of Nottingham hosts another CREATe Capacity Building Event – focusing this time on technology, the Te in CREATe. The aim of the event is to bring together the interdisciplinary community of CREATe to facilitate networking and result sharing from projects with a digital technology or Internet focus. Over a day and a half we have an exciting programme put together, with a range of activities including international keynotes, open call presentations, and case studies.

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ISP web-blocking in Europe: a delicate balancing act

CREATe PhD researcher Megan Blakely has published a short piece on this spring’s ECJ decision on injunctions against internet intermediaries. She writes, “On 27 March 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) clarified that an internet service provider (ISP) is an intermediary against which copyright rights-holders can obtain an injunction, as provided by Art 8(3) of the Information Society Directive (2001/29/EC). The case, UPC Telekabel v Constantin Film & Wega (C-314/12), referred by the Supreme Court of Austria, has allowed the Austrian Supreme Court to uphold a web-blocking order issued to an internet service provider, despite its claim that it had no ‘contractual link’ with the infringing content-aggregation site, kino.to. To decide otherwise, said the ECJ, would substantially diminish the … Continue reading

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New issue of ‘Audiovisual Thinking’ on the creative economy

Deputy Director of CREATe, Prof. Philip Schlesinger, has guest edited the latest issue of Audiovisual Thinking,  No. 7, 2014. This edition of the highly innovative research publication, addressed ‘Facets of the creative economy’ and covers the disappearance of celluloid, machinima as creative practice, and open culture data. There are also reflections on images of terrorism and on meaning.

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