Monthly Archives: September 2017

Unpacking the Bazalgette Review of the Creative Industries

The Bazalgette Review, analysed by CREATe Programme Leader Dr Sukhpreet Singh and CREATe Community Manager Kerry Patterson, in the context of CREATe and CCPR‘s research programme   The 22nd of September 2017 saw the publication of Sir Peter Bazalgette’s Independent Review of the Creative Industries. Baz, as he is affectionately known in the culture world, was commissioned by the UK government to put forward proposals for a sector deal in the Industrial Strategy green paper. The Creative Industries are one of nine sectors targetted, including: Smart energy technologies; Robotics and artificial intelligence; Satellites and space technologies; Healthcare and medicine; Materials of the future; Bioscience; Quantum technologies; and Transformative digital technologies. Outlining key recommendations for how the Creative Industries can underpin the UK’s future economic growth, … Continue reading

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New resource on Music Plagiarism & Copyright

On 3rd October 2017, academics at Westminster Law School are launching Lost in Music, a free, open access resource to help artists, students, professionals and interested parties navigate their way through the maze of music business law. In its launch phase, Lost in Music focuses on demystifying music plagiarism and providing a vehicle for people to understand more fully the basics of music copyright infringement. However, the wider aim of Lost in Music is to increase understanding of a variety of issues within the music industry, such as contracts, band names and trademarks, sampling and digital income streams. Funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust and developed by a team of academics and musicians, Lost in Music brings to life much of the research on music … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: 20th International Conference on Cultural Economics

The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) is inviting papers for its 20th International Conference on Cultural Economics to be held at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia from Tuesday June 26th to Friday 29th, 2018. ACEI members share an interest in furthering understanding of the economic aspects of the arts and culture in their own countries and throughout the world. At last year’s event in Spain, a panel was organised by CREATe Fellow in Cultural Economics and Distinguished Fellow of the ACEI, Professor Ruth Towse. For the contributed paper sessions, submission of papers (in English) on any aspect relevant to cultural economics will be considered. Submissions are also welcome from different disciplinary perspectives that share an interest in empirically motivated data driven research involving aspects … Continue reading

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CREATe film shortlisted for AHRC Award #RIFA2017

The CREATe film Going for a Song from Copyright User, has been shortlisted for the Innovation Award in the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards. Going for a Song tells the story of Tina and Ben, a music composer and lyricist who create an original song and discuss how to market it. Exploring how UK copyright law regulates different aspects of the journey of a song, from creation to distribution, it was was co-directed, written and produced by Bartolomeo Meletti and Ruth Towse. Bartolomeo Meletti said:”Going for a Song is the result of an innovative production process. Instead of composing the music after finishing the animation (as we usually do), we did it the other way round: after writing the script, we produced … Continue reading

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Questioning the creative economy – Keynote by CREATe Deputy Director

Philip Schlesinger gave the opening keynote lecture at the Cultural and Professional Policy Seminar held at the NFF (the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers’ and Translators’ Association) in Oslo on 6 September 2017. Philip reflected on the present state of cultural policy in Norway following its creative economy turn. He considered what could be learned from the British experience and discussed the often complex pressures on academics working in a field which in the UK has become an arm of industrial policy. A very lively panel discussion followed his lecture.

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CREATe research on copyright takedown to be presented at Loyola University Chicago

CREATe member and School of Law colleague Kristofer Erickson will present research at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday 15th September. The title of Dr Erickson’s presentation, which emerges from research with colleagues Martin Kretschmer and Dinusha Mendis, funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office, is ‘Assessing the impact of derivative works: Evidence from the removal of music video parodies on YouTube’. The project examines rightsholder behavior by analysing the factors that contribute to a request to remove user-generated parody videos from YouTube. The new paper includes data about the takedown rate from our original sample, added in 2016 by CREATe collaborators Sabine Jacques and Morten Hviid at the University of East Anglia. The public lecture will take … Continue reading

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Design Council’s ‘Spark’ opens for 2017 applications.

Spark, UK’s leading UK product innovation support programme and fund from the Design Council, launches tomorrow (12 Sep 2017) for applications. Now in its fourth year, Spark provides design expertise to help shape business opportunities and develop product innovations through an intensive 16-week process, which gives access to specialists across business, IP, investment, and marketing; funding of £15,000 to develop the product, and the opportunity to pitch for a share of up to £200,000 further funding to fast-track the product to market. The programme offers a unique opportunity to connect with design industry experts to gain valuable knowledge and insights into all aspects of design, including product development, branding, manufacturing, marketing and business planning. For more details and to submit … Continue reading

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Teaching robots copyright: CREATe Industry Fellow Emma Barraclough writes for World IP Review

CREATe Industry Fellow, Emma Barraclough wrote for World IP Review last month on work by CREATe researchers into artificial intelligence and copyright. She discussed research being conducted by members of CREATe at the University of Edinburgh into the way in which AI and copyright law may co-exist in the future, and the challenges posed by interaction between the two. The article focused on research led by Burkhard Schafer on the way in which the law should deal with robots that become co-creators. The use of robots offers plenty of new business models that have the potential to cut costs and deliver results more quickly. Robots are being tested to write news reports and books from raw data, for example, cutting … Continue reading

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