Monthly Archives: January 2017

Copyright and Brexit: the Case for a Related Right for Press Publishers

‘Copyright and Brexit’ as part of CREATe Public Lectures Academics are arguing that aspects of the proposed EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, such as the press publishers right, will be harmful for access to information and digital dissemination of news. This view has been supported by CREATe public lectures hosted recently in Glasgow. Proposed EU Directive (Read here). Kretschmer’s CREATe Public Lecture (Read and see here). Xalabarder’s Public Lecture (Read and see here). But, are there any merits of a related right for press publishers in the proposed directive? Are there any economical and technological perspectives of such a right? Are there any lessons for the post-Brexit UK copyright regime? On February 14th, Thomas Hoppner (Partner … Continue reading

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The Rise of Web Blocking Orders in the UK: Empirical Evidence Perspectives

Professor Lilian Edwards, CREATe Deputy Director, University of Strathclyde will be providing a seminar at City University of London on Friday, February 3rd. Abstract: The digital copyright and piracy wars, which began with Napster and continue today into the age of streaming, Spotify and Netflix, have engaged in broadly three strategies to defend existing content industries, which can be described as punish, prevent, and provide alternative business models. Both anecdotal experience in the legal system and empirical research carried out by CREATe and others point to the failure and partial abandonment of the punishment strategy, especially in its legislative “graduate response” form. By contrast, prevention, in its latest forms of site blocking and geoblocking, is rising in popularity, at least … Continue reading

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Reform gone wrong: an Opinion by the European Copyright Society

The European Copyright Society has published a consolidated Opinion on the EU Copyright Reform Package, currently making its way through the Committees of the European Parliament. The Opinion welcomes the broad policy objectives of the proposals but severely criticises the fragmented approach. The proposals do not achieve harmonisation, author and consumer interests are overlooked, private ordering may trump flexibilities, and the evidence base for the most serious interventions (Art. 11 Neighbouring right for publishers; Art. 13 Platform liability) is poor. The full opinion can be downloaded here, or from the website of the European Copyright Society.

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Copyright Auctions and The Asset Value of a Copyright Work

Professor Ruth Towse (Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University, and CREATe Fellow in Cultural Economics) has just published a new paper in the Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues. [read on SSRN] Ruth writes: As part of the CREATe sister project ‘Economic Survival in a Long Established Creative Industry: Strategies, Business Models and Copyright in Music Publishing’ financed by AHRC (AH/L004666/1) at Bournemouth University, I researched a curious source of information on the music publishing industry in the UK, namely the copyright auctions that were held between 1864 and 1906 by Puttick and Simpson, an auction house specialising in musical items. These items included the engraved plates of popular songs (the so-called ‘royalty ballads) that were auctioned … Continue reading

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Summary of CREATe Public Lecture: Creative Commons UK launch

On Wednesday the 26th of October at the Humanities Lecture Theatre of the University of Glasgow, Gwen Franck and Timothy Vollmer, respectively Manager of Public Policy and European Regional Coordinator of Creative Commons, delivered a public lecture on the spirit and purposes of Creative Commons. A summary of the event and the event slides are now available. 

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OpenMinTeD webinar – video and slides now available

OpenMinTeD (Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data) is a H2020 project that aims to make it easier for researchers to integrate the use of mined data into their daily workflows. The project will develop a registry of TDM services and tools to better equip researchers to discover, combine, and use mined data. Thomas Margoni delivered a webinar on November 23rd that reported on OpenMinTeD project activity relating to Text and Data Mining interoperability at the legal level. The slides and video of the event are now available. Giulia Dore describes the OpenMinTeD project in more detail below.

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