Monthly Archives: February 2017
We are delighted to launch the CREATe IP Summer Summit (CIPSS’17) at the University of Glasgow! This year’s theme is ‘Open Science and Open Culture’ with a special focus on development in the Global South. Openness is an aspirational goal to build transparent and participative societies. Does this conflict with international IP policy that prescribes complex arrangements of exclusive property rights as part of the global free trade area? The 1994 WTO TRIPS agreement sets minimum standards of protection for copyright, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs and patents, restricting the use of knowledge goods in order to encourage their production. A development agenda for copyright law, in particular, has remained polarised. Rules were set at a time when countries in the … Continue reading
‘Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before: plagiarism in music copyright’ as part of CREATe Public Lectures 2017 Where can you draw the invisible ‘line in the sand’ which separates an infringing piece of music from one that simply draws on the influence of other works for inspiration? In this interactive CREATe Public Lecture, composer and music publisher Dr Simon Anderson, attempts to answer this question. The interactive presentation examines plagiarism cases that have been heard before the English courts in recent years, with music clips and scores to facilitate comparison. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on whether they think a tune infringes or not.
How does copyright impact institutional access policies and use of our shared cultural heritage locally and internationally? The Cultural Institution Roundtable Event is a half-day discussion, organised by CREATe, the National Library of Scotland and i-Publishing Consultants to explore this essential question.
Early career researchers, PhD students and faculty are welcome to come along to the following upcoming workshop events in CREATe. On Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm, we will be discussing Methods for investigating digital platforms: algorithms and affordances. The purpose of this workshop is to share and discuss techniques and methodological challenges related to investigating creative industries activity in online settings. CREATe researchers will share recent research design processes for investigating behavior on YouTube, Amazon and Kickstarter. Attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions related to their own online research challenges for group discussion. The recommended readings linked on the events page here provide context and theoretical underpinning for understanding the ‘method as the message’ in … Continue reading
Blog post by Florence Thepot, CREATe Associate and Lecturer in Competition and European Union Law, University of Glasgow On 14 and 15th November 2016, I attended the international workshop on Cultural industries and digital platforms organised by the LabEx ICCA in Paris. LabEx ICCA (University Paris 13 and University Paris 3) is an interdisciplinary research centre specialising in the creative economy. They focus on how changes such as digitisation are impacting various dimensions of the creative industry, including the emergence of new business models, methods of consumption etc. The workshop was the second international workshop organised by the LabEx ICCA and took place at the Maison de la Recherche de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, in Paris 5th arrondissement just near the Pantheon.
Philip Schlesinger, CREATe Deputy Director and Professor in Cultural Policy, has been awarded a Robert Schuman Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence. An award for distinguished scholars made by invitation only, this will run from March to June 2018. Professor Schlesinger will be based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) where he will work with colleagues on “digital culture and the future of the public sphere”. He said: “The current turmoil in political communication, growing xenophobia, and present challenges to rational thought compel our attention. I’m delighted that the EUI has invited me to research these questions.” The RSCAS was established in 1992 to complement the four disciplinary departments that make up the EUI. It … Continue reading
A new CREATe project will help advance the study of historical copyright by making the Stationers’ Register fully searchable, in a freely accessible online database. The Register is an unequalled resource for literary scholars, book historians and all those interested in the early history of copyright. The origins of Anglo-American copyright begin in the mid sixteenth-century with the commencement of a series of ledgers kept by the Stationers’ Company of London, that are now collectively known as the Stationers’ Register. In these ledgers, early publishers including those of William Shakespeare, John Milton, Thomas Hobbes and thousands of other authors, musicians and artists sought protection from their works being copied and printed. Edward Arber’s printed edition of the earliest entries, published in the 1890s, has remained … Continue reading
This blog by CREATe Deputy Director, Philip Schlesinger, introduces ‘The competition discourse in British broadcasting policy‘ – a Working Paper authored by CREATe Industry Fellow Richard Paterson. In his analysis, Richard Paterson revisits the history of broadcasting policy formation. Returning to the 1950s when the first rationales for competition were fully enunciated, he shows how by degrees such ideas have moved from the margins to occupy centre stage in shaping the TV market-place. Paterson’s account – which involves a painstaking reconstruction of the key steps on the road to where we are now – should give us all pause. While he thinks that the UK’s original vertically integrated duopolistic system demonstrated considerable strengths in global competition, he is not nostalgic … Continue reading
A limited number of spaces have opened up for a workshop on algorithms and law organised by Professor Lilian Edwards at the University of Strathclyde. PhD students and early career researchers are invited to take part in the event, which will take place on 15th February from 12:30-17:00h. Speakers include Professor Lillian Edwards (Strathclyde), Michael Veale (UCL), Lorna Woods (Essex), Freddie Borgesius (Amsterdam) and Thomas Höppner (Berlin). The workshop will consider the legal, social and technical dimensions of algorithms and their role in governance. As we move further towards network-connected material life described as the ‘Internet of Things’, the status of algorithms as mechanisms for regulating social activity becomes evermore important. The afternoon session will discuss possible remedies to the … Continue reading
The web resource for the Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks project was launched on Friday 20th January, the first major UK study to explore the concept of diligent search since the EU Orphan Works Directive and UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme came into effect. The resource, found at www.digitisingmorgan.org, explains the obstacles in current copyright law which make the digitisation of cultural heritage collections so challenging and expensive. It was developed by the Project Officer Kerry Patterson, PI Professor Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) and PhD student Victoria Stobo with Digital Resources Officer Peter Bennett and Data Specialist Jesus Rodriguez Perez.