Monthly Archives: May 2015

New CREATe Working Paper Explores Relationship Between Copyright and Freedom of Expression

The latest entry in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available to download. Copyright and Freedom of Expression: A Literature Review by Yin Harn Lee, with a preface and summary by Emily Laidlaw and Daithi MacSithigh, reflects on the tensions within the relationship between copyright and freedom of expression, particularly with the emergence of the digital environment and expansion of copyright law. The review traces the nature of the debates about the interaction between copyright and free speech, treatment by the courts (focusing mainly on UK (in its wider European context) and USA jurisdictions), specific scenarios where the issues are particularly acute, and current proposals for reform. The author and contributors hope that this Working Paper provides insight to the reader … Continue reading

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New CREATe Working Paper, Collective Management Organisations, Creativity and Cultural Diversity, Now Available

The latest entry in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available to download. Collective Management Organisations, Creativity and Cultural Diversity by John Street, Dave Laing and Simone Schroff of the University of East Anglia assesses the contribution to creativity offered by Collective Management Organisations (sometimes known as Collecting Societies, Authors Societies or Performing Rights Organisations). The authors concentrate on the music industry and in doing so examine the European Union’s attempt to reform the CMO in the name of creativity (among other goals), comparing the performance of CMOs in different national settings. The authors argue that by pursuing these two routes, they can contribute to an understanding of the part played by public policy and institutional intermediaries in fostering creativity.

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European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) 10th Annual Conference

European Policy for Intellectual Property

European Commission

RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe)

University of Glasgow

IP in the Creative Economy
CREATe, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2-3 September 2015

Call for Extended Abstracts, Full Papers and Proposals for Themed Sessions will close on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Please visit the conference website www.epip2015.org

CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, will host the 10th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association in Glasgow, September 2-3, 2015. Scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without scientific paper presentation.

EPIP 2015 is organised in cooperation with the European Commission who will participate in several panels.

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Reinventing Copyright Licensing: The Copyright Hub & Emergent Infrastructures for IP Trading

The research team from CREATe’s new project at The University of Edinburgh on The Copyright Hub & Emergent Infrastructures for IP Trading explain their research goals. By comparing various emergent policy- and business-led initiatives in the creative economy, they attempt to capture, at an early stage, the constitution and evolution of new infrastructures designed to reduce the costs of securing licenses to use copyrighted works. The post was written by PhD candidate Hung The Nguyen.


imageThe history of copyright can be traced back to the enactment of Statute of Anne in 1710, designed to incentivise writers. Much has changed in the world over the subsequent three hundred years. Nowadays, questions are raised over whether copyright and intellectual property (IP) are still able to provide the necessary incentives for creativity in a modern world or whether they have become outdated laws which obstruct innovation and economic growth.

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