Monthly Archives: March 2015

Creativity as a Service

Dr. Michael Brown, CREATe investigator and Human Factors Research Fellow from Horizon Digital Economy Research at the University of Nottingham offer a perspective of his recent experiences interviewing semi-professional photographers.


1186873_76609070Over the last few months I’ve been interviewing ‘Pro-Am’ photographers to explore their practices, especially around the use of information about photos themselves (meta-data). These photographers are people that have been paid for their work but don’t do photography as their ‘day job’. They reported capturing and using all manner of meta data: Time, date and place of capture, camera setting and social setting. How this information is captured is as variable as what is captured with various combinations of digital and non-digital solutions used for the management of meta-data. Pens and paper, smart phones, complex multi-level folder systems and even social media sites are used to record this information. While most seem to have quite a relaxed attitude towards controlling information, for others it seems the flow and control of meta data is almost as important as the act of photography itself. Continue reading

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CREATe at the Scottish Parliament

CREATe researchers were invited to the Scottish Parliament on 18 March to showcase cutting edge social science research in the ‘Social Science Making a Difference’ event. Supported by the Scottish Parliament and ESRC, and organized by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the event brought together more than 100 attendees from various organizations and stakeholders working with and benefiting from social science research and academic researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The specialist research centres and projects selected to present their work on this occasion shared with attendees their latest social science research findings which address key societal challenges of the day, showcased the solutions they have developed through interactive multimedia resources and appraised them of key upcoming events.

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Understanding UK Copyright Law: An Interactive Workshop for Music Writers and Composers

Post by Bartolomeo Meletti, Lead Producer of CopyrightUser.org (a co-production between CREATe, University of Glasgow and Bournemouth University)

On Thursday 19th March 2015, the Digital Catapult Centre hosted the second in the series of workshops entitled ‘Understanding UK Copyright Law’, a joint initiative of the Digital Catapult, CREATe, CopyrightUser.org, and the Copyright Hub. The purpose of these workshops is to provide useful guidance about copyright to different sectoral groups of the creative industries, starting from the questions and concerns that these groups have. The first workshop of the series was held at the Digital Catapult Centre on 3rd December 2014, and was addressed to photographers and illustrators. On 19th March, the focus was on the music sector and the event attracted more than 40 attendees from London and across the UK, consisting mainly of songwriters, composers, and music producers. Continue reading

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Cultural intermediaries and how artists get heard

Post by George Musgrave (University of East Anglia)

How do musicians get their work heard, and what role do those actors whom Bourdieu first labelled ‘cultural intermediaries’ – that is, middle-men who occupy that conceptual space between production and consumption, and are entrusted with “presentation and representation” – play in that quest? Continue reading

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Award Winning CREATe Working Paper Now Available – Animals, AI and Authorship in Law

We are pleased to announce the release of CREATe’s latest Working Paper, the twenty-eighth release in the series. Monkeying Around with Copyright – Animals, AIs and Authorship in Law by David Komuves, Jesus Niebla Zatarain, Burkhard Schafer and Laurence Diver considers how advances in artificial intelligence have changed the ways in which computers create “original” work. It reflects on how analogies that may have worked sufficiently well in the past, when the technology had few if any commercially viable applications, are now reaching the limit of their usefulness. It presents a radical thought experiment in relation to computer generated art, challenging the legal responses to computer generated works and discussing their similarity to works by animals. The paper was originally presented at the Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion (IRIS), held in Salzburg between the 26th and 28th … Continue reading

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Professor Chris Buccafusco Public Lecture: Experiments on Creativity

On Tuesday 10 March, visiting scholar Christopher Buccafusco (IIT Chicago-Kent) delivered a public lecture as part of CREATe’s March line-up of events. His highly stimulating and compelling presentation took place in the suitably arranged Humanities Lecture Theatre at the University of Glasgow. The audience included colleagues from across law, business, management, economics, art history, as well as IP students from the Law School’s LLM programme.

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Funded PhD studentship on ‘Mass digitization’ at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University invites applications for a fully-funded PhD research studentship on “Mass Digitization, Cultural Heritage and the Law”, with an expected starting date of September 2015. The research will be conducted at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM). The closing date for the application is 1 May 2015. Supervisory team Lead supervisor is Prof. Maurizio Borghi (CIPPM). The supervisory team will also include Prof. Hugh Chignell (Faculty of Media and Communications), Dr Dinusha Mendis (CIPPM) and Dr Marcella Favale (CIPPM). Details about the funding Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum, to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference … Continue reading

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