Monthly Archives: February 2016

CREATe March Lecture Event: Making an Open Information Age

On 16th March 2016, CREATe will host a public lecture by Dr. Rufus Pollock, titled ‘Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and inequality in an age of bits‘. Many in CREATe will be familiar with his trailblazing work on the economics of copyright and in particular, on calculating the size and value of the public domain. In addition to his academic research, Dr. Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit focused on promoting the sharing of information. He was formerly a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and remains an Associate of the Centre for Information and Intellectual Property Law at Cambridge. The event will take … Continue reading

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Call for Papers, European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP 2016, University of Oxford, 3-5 September)

There are only two weeks left to submit abstracts, papers and panel proposals to EPIP 2016, the 11th Annual Conference of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association hosted by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. Don’t miss the deadline for the leading interdisciplinary IP policy conference. The full call for papers is here: http://www.epip2016.org/ Conference dates: September 3rd (Saturday), 4th (Sunday) and 5th (Monday), 2016 Final paper submission deadline: 13 March 13th (Sunday), 2016

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Event Perspective: Fashion Exchange – London-Berlin – Dialogue – Young Designers and Creative Economy

CREATe Researcher Dr. Bettina Springer describes a recent event exploring the future politics and economics of the fashion scenes in Berlin and London.


On Monday 22 February 2016 leading fashion designers and entrepreneurs, politicians, journalists and academics from Berlin and London met for the “Fashion Exchange – London-Berlin – Dialogue – Young Designers and Creative Economy” at the British Council Berlin. The event was jointly organized by Prof Angela McRobbie from Goldsmiths and Prof Oliver MacConnell from the bbw Hochschule Berlin.

image1About 50 people attended the event to discuss the future politics and economics of Berlin and London fashion scene.

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CREATe data and evidence: introducing OMeBa

Online behaviour is changing rapidly due to technological
progress. The legal framework, and copyOMeBa-docright policy specifically, needs to keep pace with digital innovation and new business models. These changes in consumption of digital goods are also challenging existing theoretical propositions, requiring new academic attention. The use of appropriate data is crucial for the understanding of the perplexing patterns of online behaviour.

CREATe acknowledges this need and through various research projects it has explored empirically important aspects of copyright policy. Two recent resources are of particular interest: (i) the Copyright Evidence Wiki, which is available here, focuses on fully categorising all the relevant empirical studies for informed copyright policy interventions and (ii) the Online Media Behaviour analytics (OMeBa) platform, which can be found here, offers easy access to a unique data source related to online behaviour. This blog post introduces OMeBa (more information about the Copyright Evidence Wiki is available here: launch event video and slides).

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CREATe Working Paper: Copying, Creativity and Copyright

Ronan Deazley of Queen’s University Belfast and Bartolomeo Meletti, CREATe researcher and Lead Producer of CopyrightUser.org introduce their CREATe Working Paper entitled ‘Copying, Creativity and Copyright‘.


Copying and creativity are often presented in antithetical terms: if you are copying you are not being creative, and vice versa. And within the context of copyright law, copying is often conflated with concepts like theft, piracy and immorality: to copy is to attack creators trying to make a living from their work. But in truth, copying can be and often is creative. The creative process thrives upon practices of adaptation, imitation and borrowing, and copyright should and does accommodate those creative practices. The short animated film The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair – which on 12 November 2015 won the AHRC Research in Film Award for Innovation in Film – provides a practical example of how copyright enables and encourages many forms of lawful, creative copying. In less than four minutes, the film includes over 80 instances of the lawful reuse of and reference to well-known copyright and public domain works, as well as factual information and recent copyright litigation.

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