Monthly Archives: November 2017

CREATe contributes to the British Art Network Conference: Artists as Reformers in Britain

On 30 October 2017, Dr Elena Cooper presented a paper at a British Art Network conference organised by the Tate: ‘Artists as Reformers in Britain 1850-1914’ held at the Watts Gallery, Surrey. The conference explored how British artists projected their aesthetic authority into social and political fields in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and included contributions from art historians, researchers and art curators on diverse subjects such as the relation between art and the women’s suffrage movement and the social activism of the painter G.F. Watts (1817-1904). Dr Cooper’s paper uncovered the intense involvement of British painters in the legislative reform of copyright from the 1850s to the codification of copyright in 1911, drawing on the extensive original archival … Continue reading

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Review of CREATe Copyright & Innovation Network Events #createcin

Two significant CREATe Copyright & Innovation Network events took place in Glasgow on the 10th November: the Copyright Evidence Wiki board meeting and a Workshop addressing legal and business model constraints on collections. At the first meeting of the Editorial Board of the Copyright Evidence Wiki , attendees consisted of Martin Kretschmer (Chair), Kristofer Erickson, Ruth Towse, Amy Thomas, Heather Ford, Thomas Margoni, Fred Saunderson, Paul Heald, Rebecca Giblin and Kenny Barr. The purpose of the meeting was to give the Board a sense of the technical specifications of the Wiki and the challenges it seeks to address. The team received input from the Board on policies for including new contributions to the Wiki. Professor Heald generously offered the assistance of … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Measuring the ‘value’ of UK games tax relief

Tom Phillips shares his research into the value of the British video games industry – in cultural, political, and economic terms, as part of the Research Blog Series. Project Name: Measuring the ‘value’ of UK games tax relief Investigator: Dr Tom Phillips, University of East Anglia Through a review of existing academic literature, policy documents, and comment from the games industry, this research explored how the value of the British video games industry – in cultural, political, and economic terms – was articulated by stakeholders in the wake of new tax relief initiatives being introduced. After a number of years of lobbying from stakeholders, games tax relief was launched in 2014 following similarly successful schemes in the UK for other creative industries. … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Live media events across mobile platforms and devices

Continuing the Business Models theme of our Research Blog Series, Inge Sørensen  presents her work on ‘Social TV’ Project Name: Live media events across mobile platforms and devices: a case study of the ‘BBC Live’ content delivery system Investigator: Dr Inge Ejbye Sørensen, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow. What did your research aim to do? The work package explored social media and online interactions around live media events, broadcast by Public Service Media providers in the UK. It focused on the BBC’s ‘BBC Live’ system, and its central role in promoting BBC’s programmes and content across platforms and social networks, as well as generating and orchestrating connected viewing experiences around live events across devices (mobile/tablet/PC and TV). ‘BBC Live’ … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Managing Intellectual Property Assets for Creative SMEs

As part of the CREATe Research Blog Series, Mindy Grewar reports on research at the University of St Andrews into the management of IP by creative businesses . Project: Managing Intellectual Property Assets for Creative SMEs (Part 1 & Part 2 below) Investigators: Professor (now Emeritus) Barbara Townley, Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Henning Berthold, Dr. Shiona Chillas, Dr. Nicola Searle, Knowledge Transfer Associate Eilidh Young and PhD student Melinda Grewar. This project at the University of St Andrews’ Institute for Capitalising on Creativity focused on improving understanding – for practitioners and academics – of how companies in the cultural and creative sector define and manage their Intellectual Property (IP). As part of the project we conducted extensive interviews with creative organisations … Continue reading

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Report: CREATe Public Lecture by Paul Heald on Copyright Reversion to Authors

Guest post by Marcel Kohpeiß, postgraduate student on the LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy. In the second of CREATe’s Autumn 2017 Public Lectures, Prof. Paul Heald (University of Illinois) discussed the problem of disappearing books from general availability, and if reversion rights are a possible solution for the issue. The lecture took place on the 8th of November in Glasgow University’s Arts and Humanities lecture theatre with Prof. Andreas Rahmatian (University of Glasgow) as chair. Paul presented the methodology and findings of his recent study, which addressed the effect of US reversion rights on book availability on the US market. For this purpose, he briefly presented the problem of ‘disappearing books’. This term designates a current process on … Continue reading

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Naomi Korn announced as CREATe Industry Fellow

CREATe is delighted to announce Naomi Korn as an Industry Fellow. The Industry Fellows scheme was established to further develop and deepen connections with industrial partners and stakeholders. Naomi will write about copyright for museums and cultural heritage for CopyrightUser.org. Based on her extensive experience in the field, she will identify the copyright knowledge needs of museums in the UK and produce sector-specific guidance. Naomi said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed a CREATe Industry Fellow. I am a great fan of the work of CREATe in raising the level of awareness and engagement with copyright. I’m looking forward to working with CREATe in producing practical information for museums about the impact of copyright on their activities”. Naomi is a specialist … Continue reading

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Report: The Open Science Fair #OSFair2017

On September 6-8, a lively delegation of researchers, enterprises and policy makers from all over the world met in Athens for the Open Science Fair, the inaugural international conference on Open Science and the first of its kind in Europe. With its powerful slogan of “binding policies and researchers flow, infrastructures and services with people”, the event took place in the new premises of the National Library of Greece (NLG) at the stunning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. Acknowledging the major challenges faced by the intriguing research paradigm of Open Science (OS), OSFair2017 was a unique opportunity to discuss the basis for a real transition from the current closed scientific landscape to OS. The challenges include the persistence of traditional … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Copyright, Football and European Media Rights

Raymond Boyle summarises his work on copyright and sports business models, for our Research Blog Series. Project Name: Copyright, Football and European Media Rights Investigator: Professor Raymond Boyle, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow What did your research aim to do? The position of copyright in the arena of sports content rights and property rights of sporting organizations is a contested area of legal and commercial interest. Can copyright be incorporated into sports rights contracts, as it has been for many years?  This research examined the ramifications of this for the existing business models for both rights holders and broadcasters. How did you do it? A policy analysis was undertaken into the Murphy case (Case C-403/08 FA Premier … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Converging Technologies and Windowing Strategies

Gillian Doyle discusses her research on strategies for global television distribution in a multi-platform environment, for our Research Blog Series. Project Name: Converging Technologies and Windowing Strategies Investigator: Professor Gillian Doyle, CCPR, University of Glasgow What did your research aim to do? The internet and digital convergence have engendered greater competition amongst television outlets and increased risks of piracy. However, they have also extended and enriched the availability of delivery platforms for television content and introduced new opportunities for intellectual property (IP) owners to develop overseas markets and to exploit their assets more effectively. This 18-month project investigated how distribution strategies in the television industry are adjusting to the spread of digital platforms and devices. How is the transition to a digital … Continue reading

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