Monthly Archives: June 2015

Valuing the Public Domain – Resource Page Now Available

CREATe’s Valuing the Public Domain resource page, which consolidates reports, research summaries, links and multimedia materials is now available. CREATe has undertaken a variety of activities exploring the value of the public domain in recent months. At the heart of this was a major research project to build understanding about how the public domain adds value to society.  As a two-year knowledge exchange project it was jointly funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the ESRC (Grant ES/K008137/1) and CREATe.  

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Chronicling Collaboration: CREATe, CopyrightUser.org and the Digital Catapult

bart-melettiFrequent CREATe Collaborator Bartolomeo Meletti describes his recent efforts supporting partnership between three key contributors to the development of the digital creative economy.


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CREATe and the Digital Catapult have entered a partnership to develop a set of copyright information tools that are responsive to the needs of primary creators and creative businesses in the digital world. As lead producer of CopyrightUser.org (a widely used online copyright portal, which attracted over 40,000 users since its launch in March 2014), I am being seconded from CREATe to the Digital Catapult Centre in Euston Road, London. In partnership with the Digital Catapult, we are producing events with creative groups (such as photographers, musicians and the archive sector) and developing new sectoral copyright guidance, including several video assets.

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Smart Cities Resource Page Now Available

A resource page documenting the recent Designing Smart Cities: Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges conference which was supported by CREATe is now available. On the page you can find audio files and presentations (where available) for each of the conference sessions, as well as other media, including the Society for Computers and Law article series which will appear in the June/July issue of Computers and Law. The conference took place on 31st of March and 1st of April this year at the University of Strathclyde.

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Competition in television markets

CREATe investigator Professor Gillian Doyle, of CCPR University of Glasgow, was recently invited to present at a plenary on multi-platform distribution and changes in windowing strategies at the International Conference on Private Television in Europe on 3rd June 2015. This event, which was well attended by policy-makers and senior figures from industry across Europe, addressed the changing competitive dynamics of television broadcasting, ever-intensifying internationalization of media markets and ways in which emerging business strategies and EU law may potentially be at odds with one another. The conference took place in Brussels where Prof. Doyle is a member of the Advisory Board for the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Strategic Research Programme (SRP) on ‘Towards a Sustainable Media Ecology’.

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Diligent Searching in the Dark – Identifying images out of context

Kerry Patterson, Project Officer for CREATe’s Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks project describes some approaches and challenges in her efforts to carry out diligent search for thousands of images with little original context.


The enormous visual appeal of the poet Edwin Morgan’s scrapbooks is countered by a large complication for the copyright researcher. Morgan rarely gives a source for the images he uses, meaning that the 16 scrapbook volumes contain tens of thousands of images with no note of their original context. For the researcher performing a diligent search as part of a mass digitisation project, the difficulty is this; without any supporting information for an image, what resources can be used to carry out a diligent search? Do the IPO’s Diligent Search guidelines offer assistance?

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Mira Sundara Rajan guest blogs on The IPKat about a famous quote and the stamp of (in)authenticity

CREATe investigator Professor Mira Sundara Rajan recently appeared in popular Intellectual Property blog site The IPKat. In her guest post, entitled “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer”: a famous quote and the stamp of (in)authenticity, Mira discusses a fascinating recent episode whereby the US Postal Service issued a stamp intended to honour poet Maya Angelou who passed away in May last year at the age of 86. An image of Angelou on the stamp was presented alongside a quote, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”, which appeared to be attributed to the poet. However, despite the best intentions of all involved, the quote in fact did not … Continue reading

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