Monthly Archives: November 2015

Copyright, Football and European Media Rights Working Paper Now Available

Copyright, Football and European Media Rights by Raymond Boyle of the University of Glasgow is the latest entry in CREATe’s Working Paper Series.  Boyle considers the position of copyright in the arena of sports content rights and property rights of sporting organizations exploring the issue of whether copyright can be incorporated into sports rights contracts as it has been for many years. Via a series of interviews with key stakeholders the paper identifies the ramifications of this debate in a European context for the existing business models for both specifically football rights holders (FA Premier League, UEFA) and pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB and members of the European Broadcast Union (EBU).

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The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair Wins AHRC Innovation in Film Award

Winner-graphicOn 12th November 2015, the animated film The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair by Professor Ronan Deazley and CREATe researcher Bartolomeo Meletti won the AHRC Award for Innovation in Film.

The panel of judges – consisting of industry and academic experts such as film director Beeban Kidron, Financial Times Arts Editor Jan Dalley, and actor and producer Diana Quick – described the film as “a well-constructed, quality animation addressing issues of creativity, IP and copyright for schools and undergraduates: lively, engaging, witty (à la Sherlock Holmes mode), informative and educating at the same time.”

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OLH: Building a Grassroots Academic Movement

The Open Library of Humanities: Building a Grassroots Academic Movement Guest post by: Dr Caroline Edwards, Editorial Director of the Open Library of Humanities and Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. Researchers involved with CREATe may be interested to hear about recent developments at the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). I came to speak about the OLH at CREATe’s invited roundtable on “Open access, peer review and scholarly communication: Taking digital innovation seriously” in September 2013, as part of a discussion about “non-orthodox” and scholar-led activities in open access and new forms of research communication. The OLH was set up in January 2013 as an academic-led project to build an open access publisher with no … Continue reading

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SME Practitioners reveal IP successes and stumbles in book of industry Tales

tales-from-the-drawing-board-coverA collection of cases from creative producers’ everyday efforts to manage and benefit from their Intellectual Property (IP) is now available for free from CREATe and the University of St Andrews’ Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC). Tales from the Drawing Board: IP wisdom and woes from Scotland’s creative industries is co-supported by CREATe, Creative Scotland, the Economic & Social Research Council, and Innovate UK.

Tales from the Drawing Board focuses on the management of IP among SMEs, micro- organisations and sole traders, a sector whose encounters with the IP landscape have not been as widely researched. Creative Scotland were particularly interested in understanding strategies of this sector, in order to inform policy developments. Described in creative practitioners’ own words, the cases provide insight into how IP issues are experienced “in the wild”, as the speakers set up their businesses, plan for competitive sustainability, and innovate creative products.

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September 2015: CREATe hosts 10th conference of EPIP

In September 2015 CREATe hosted the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Association’s 10th Annual Conference, with 200 delegates attending. This is the first time that this strategically important event has been held in the UK. CREATe investigators and postgraduate researchers contributed to the programme, providing an opportunity to communicate directly with policy making communities. The intellectual and practical arrangements of the conference were universally acclaimed by delegates and participants. Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz, Director at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam and member of CREATe’s Programme Advisory Council said it was “by far the best and most rewarding IP conference I have attended for several years”. Prof. Pamela Samuelson, Director at the Centre for Law & … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Event – Goldsmiths Creative Labour Process Group: Concepts and Methods in a Cross-sectoral Frame

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 1.15-5.30 PM
Media Research Building (MRB), Goldsmiths, London

It is possible to envisage a new phase for creative economy research, especially in regard to the focus on working lives. This comes about in the light of long-term decisive neo-liberalisation through arts and cultural worlds, economic austerity, high rates of unemployment and semi-employment in the sector across Europe, and with this the entrenchment of ‘precarite’. This afternoon event allows us to share perspectives for researching creative labour process in a cross-sectoral frame. Of key significance will be the intersection of methodological reflection with conceptual advance. We will open the event with a short paper from Prof Keith Negus (Goldsmiths and CREATe) who has been investigating musicians at work. This will be followed by first panel session which will be focussing on quantitative work currently being undertaken on aspects of creative economy, while the second panel session will provide some close attention to issues around interviews with auteurs, ‘studio visits’ and affect in research. The final plenary talk will be given by Prof. Georgina Born (Oxford, Dept of Music) currently holder of an ERC Grant on digitalisation in music, and will address some issues raised in her 2010 paper for Cultural Sociology.

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A View from the Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2015

Conor O’Kane, PhD Student and Lecturer in Economics at Bournemouth University, offers his perspective of the recent Amsterdam Privacy Conference.


APC2015-logo-431x100The Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) took place over 4 days from the 23-26 October 2015. Organised by the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR), an initiative from the University of Amsterdam, this interdisciplinary conference brought together leading experts in the field of privacy from a diverse range of disciplines including philosophy, law, economics, informatics as well as social, medical and media sciences. The conference was divided into seven themes; (1) Privacy and security, (2) Privacy and the information society, (3) Privacy and healthcare, (4) Privacy and technology, (5) Commercial value of privacy, (6) Transformation of the public space and personalized communication and (7) The value and ethics of privacy.

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A. Rahmatian (editor), Collection of Essays: Concepts of Music and Copyright: How Music Perceives Itself and How Copyright Perceives Music

Dr Andreas Rahmatian of the University of Glasgow introduces a new interdisciplinary collection of essays on music and copyright.


Rahmatian Concepts CoverAndreas Rahmatian (ed.), Concepts of Music and Copyright: How Music Perceives Itself and How Copyright Perceives Music, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015

This edited collection of essays on music and copyright, with four musicians/musicologists and four copyright lawyers as contributors, grew out of an interdisciplinary workshop on music and copyright at the University of Glasgow which the editor organised on the occasion of the tercentenary celebrations of Glasgow Law School in 2013. The aim of this workshop was to bring together musicians and musicologists with copyright law specialists, and to make musicians think about copyright and lawyers reflect about music.

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