Monthly Archives: February 2015

CREATe co-supports a Digital Catapult event on ‘Understanding UK Copyright Law’ for Music in the Digital Age.

CREATe is co-supporting an interactive workshop organized by the Digital Catapult that aims to generate points of discussion and provide reliable guidance about the rules governing the production, exploitation and consumption of music in the digital age. It will also be an opportunity for the organisers to better understand what songwriters and composers specifically need to know about copyright.

Understanding UK Copyright Law: An Interactive Workshop for Music Writers and Composers/ London / March 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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CREATe March 2015 Suite of Events

In March 2015, CREATe is organizing a suite of events ranging from a seminar on creativity, creative industry business models to copyright history. This resource page provides details on the events, the speakers, as well as, how to book spaces. For general enquiries, email contact@create.ac.uk

1) Seminar: From Intellectual Property to Cultural Property: Radicalizing Cultural Heritage?
2) Seminar: Elemental table of Business Models and the BusinessModel Zoo ™ of examples
3) Public Lecture: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Experiments on Creativity
4) CREATe Open Afternoon: Posters Exhibitions, PhD Presentations, meeting the CREATe team, LLM IP society & more
5) Public Lecture: Copyright at Common Law in 1774
6) Roundtable: What is the point of Copyright History?
7) Re-launch of Digital Archive: Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) www.copyrighthistory.org
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CREATe Research in Press: “Inside the mind of a makar”

CREATe’s project ‘Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks‘, was exclusively featured in The Sunday Herald on Sunday 15th February. In a full page article, journalist Judith Duffy explores some of the challenges and aims of the project, with quotes from the project officer Kerry Patterson and Prof. Martin Kretschmer, one of the joint investigators of the project. Click on the image on the right to read on the Herald Scotland website. The project was also reported in The Times on Monday 16th February, using quotes from the Sunday Herald article. The Times article focuses on making the scrapbooks available for the first time. However, it does not acknowledge that a key aim of the project is evidence-based engagement with EU and UK copyright law, specifically aspects … Continue reading

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Why Unlawful Downloading?

The simple answer to the question of why people may engage in unlawful downloading is that it is free. Undoubtedly there may be legal risks involved but the evidence as emerging from our previous scoping review (Watson, Zizzo & Fleming, 2014) is sufficiently unclear, that the choice to engage in unlawful downloading is not as straightforward as it may seem. This is because the existing evidence base is patchy and is particularly problematic in determining causality. Continue reading

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What we should teach students about copyright

A new suite of online learning materials has been launched today to help students and the general public understand how copyright law works.

The resource aims to help A-Level media students in the UK study for their exams while educating the wider public about what can and cannot be done with copyright works.

In October 2014, former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, MP Mike Weatherly issued a report strongly urging government to find innovative ways ‘to prepare pupils […] for the 21st century knowledge economy’.[i]

A team of legal researchers from the University of Glasgow CREATe Centre and the University of Bournemouth Centre for Intellectual Property and Policy Management (CIPPM) and Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) have united to answer Weatherly’s call, while broadening the meaning of ‘copyright education’ to include uptake and re-use of artistic works. The resource is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Continue reading

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CREATe’s First Working Paper of 2015 Considers the Value of the Public Domain

We are pleased to announced the release of CREATe’s first Working Paper of 2015, the twenty-seventh in the series to date. Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain by Kristofer Erickson, Paul Heald, Fabian Homberg, Martin Kretschmer and Dinusha Mendis documents the results of a year-long knowledge exchange initiative undertaken between the Intellectual Property Office, researchers at the University of Glasgow CREATe Centre, and more than two dozen UK businesses and innovators, to explore how value is generated from the public domain. The study was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

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Introducing Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks

Kerry Patterson, Project Officer for CREATe’s Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks introduces her work to explore the extent to which EU and UK copyright policy impacts the digitisation of unique and distinctive artistic collections, such as the Morgan scrapbooks, as well as the costs associated with rights clearance.


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Collage from Scrapbook 12

Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks is a project led by CREATe in conjunction with Glasgow University’s Special Collections Department. Within the Archive of the poet Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) held at the University, are sixteen scrapbooks. These date from 1931 to 1966 and were used by Morgan as an outlet for his creative expression before poetry became his primary focus. Within the scrapbooks are around 3,600 pages in total, with material from a diverse range of sources; contemporary and historical newspapers, books and periodicals, photographs, stamps, advertisements, flyers, cigarette cards and other everyday items.

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