Monthly Archives: October 2016

Public Lecture: Press publisher rights in the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

Continuing our lecture series on topical policy issues, Prof. Raquel Xalabarder (Chair of Intellectual Property, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) discusses the press publisher rights in the proposed Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. Where: University of Glasgow, Humanities Lecture Theatre When: Wednesday, November 2nd, 17:30 After several failed national attempts (notably, in Germany and Spain) to secure remuneration for press publishers to be paid by news aggregation services, the proposed Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market grants press publishers exclusive rights that would allow them to authorise and prohibit digital uses (such as news aggregation) for a period of 20 years. We will examine the consistency of the proposed text, as well as national experiences, and … Continue reading

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CopyrightUser.org at the Creative Lenses Forum in London

On 13 October 2016, CREATe producer Bartolomeo Meletti presented CopyrightUser.org at the Creative Lenses Forum at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, which brought together thinkers and managers from arts and cultural organisations, business and academia to explore business model innovation in independent arts venues and performing arts organisations. The event was the first of a series of eight Fora of Creative Lenses, a four-year European action research project that seeks to make arts and cultural organisations more resilient and sustainable by improving their business models and developing their long-term strategic and innovation capacities.

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Public Lecture: Copyright Reform in a Brexit environment

Public Lecture: Copyright Reform in a Brexit environment By Prof. Martin Kretschmer (Director of CREATe, the RCUK Copyright Centre) Where: University of Glasgow, Humanities Lecture Theatre, When: Wednesday, October 19th, 17:30 This event is part of the CREATe Public Lecture Series 2016. Edited transcripts will be made available. On September 14th, the European Commission presented a package of proposed copyright reforms under the banner of promoting a Digital Single Market (DSM). In fact, the initiative tries to overcome a legislative stalemate of 15 years (since the Information Society Directive of 2001), during which the job of migrating copyright law into a digital world had been largely left to the European Court of Justice. Among the measures announced are potentially far … Continue reading

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EU proposals not fit for modern needs, says Copyright Caucus of ‘Insiders’

POLITICO, the trendy political news outfit, has published the results of its first copyright caucus, in an ongoing series polling leading policymakers and influencers on transatlantic and European issues. Representatives from media and technology companies, academics (including CREATe director Martin Kretschmer) and politicians were asked to assess the European Commission’s proposed copyright reforms. The results are not pretty. Heavily criticising the proposed changes, four-fifths of the caucus described them as “unfit for the 21st century.” Read the full story here, with a full list of caucus participants here.  

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View from the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conference, Berlin

CREATe researchers Kris Erickson and Martin Kretschmer traveled to Berlin this past week to present a paper with co-author Fabian Homberg, ‘Is Originality Overrated? Measuring the success of original and recombinatory works on Kickstarter’ [Download slides]. We were joined in Berlin by CCPR researcher Inge Sorensen, who presented her paper on the (d)evolution of British public service media’s professional standards and codes of conduct across social networks. This was our first outing at AoIR, and we found it to offer a stimulating set of topics and approaches with considerable relevance to research in CREATe. Below in this blog post, I highlight some of the most interesting presentations we attended at the conference and explore potential implications for future research.

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CREATe contributes to British Crime Historians Symposium, 7-9 October 2016

Last weekend, the University of Edinburgh hosted the fifth British Crime Historians Symposium, bringing together a broad range of scholars working on historical perspectives on crime from the disciplines of law, the humanities and the social sciences. This included a presentation by CREATe’s Dr Elena Cooper about intellectual property law and criminalisation. The full paper, to be published in Landmarks on Intellectual Property Law, (Hart Press, 2017) provides original historical insights into the position of intellectual property crime in criminal law frameworks today. The paper is preliminary to Dr Cooper’s new three-year project to commence at CREATe in January 2017, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and mentored by Prof. Lindsay Farmer, exploring the history of the role of the criminal … Continue reading

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CREATe Festival Highly Commended for Innovation in Public Engagement

CREATe is delighted to have been recognised  at the University of Glasgow’s Public Engagement Awards. In a presentation at the Knowledge Exchange Conference in the Kelvin Hall on 6th October, the Festival team was Highly Commended in the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund award for Innovation in Public Engagement: “The judges also wanted to recognise the achievements of the Create Festival from the School of Law and want to Highly Commend Martin Kretschmer and team for their work.” The CREATe Festival was a day of findings from the CREATe research programme, presented at RSA House, London. The audience for the Festival was the digital creative industry, policy makers, the legal profession, the arts sector and academic funders, as well as University researchers … Continue reading

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The creative economy in question

The ‘creative economy’ and its workings have been at the heart of our mission, writes CREATe Deputy Director, Philip Schlesinger. Over the past four years, this has given the Centre’s work both a coherent focus and, at the same time, it has offered considerable scope to undertake research into legal aspects of copyright, as well as the economics, psychology, and sociology of a wide range of cultural organisations and practices, not to speak of intervening in debate on some pressing policy issues. Anyone who reads across our Working Paper series will know that CREATe has been home to a diversity of approaches and that several disciplines have been mobilised for the analyses presented during the Centre’s life. In this new Working … Continue reading

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CREATe engages with families and children at Glasgow’s Explorathon 2016

Glasgow school children and families kept CREATe data specialist Jesus Perez busy last Friday asking probing, often difficult, questions about copyright! This was an opportunity for CREATe to showcase some of their engaging copyright based research projects at the Explorathon 2016, now its third year, held at the Glasgow Science Centre on 30 September.

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ATRIP annual essay competition for young researchers in intellectual property law

The Executive Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research of  Intellectual Property (ATRIP) is proud to launch its annual essay competition for young researchers in intellectual property law. ATRIP contributes to the advancement of teaching and research in the field of the law of intellectual property. The competition is sponsored by FICPI, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys. The author of the first placed paper will be invited to give a presentation as a speaker at the 2017 ATRIP international annual conference to be held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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