Monthly Archives: November 2017

Research Blog Series: Emergent Business Models for 3D Printing Innovation

For our Research Blog Series, Luciana D’Adderio reviews her work on business models in the 3D printing industries. Project Name: Emergent Business Models for 3D Printing Innovation Investigators: PI Dr Luciana D’Adderio, University of Strathclyde Business School, with Co-I’s Prof. Jonathan Corney (Strathclyde – Engineering), Prof. Lilian Edwards (Strathclyde –Law Department) and Prof. Robin Williams (University of Edinburgh) What did your research aim to do? This project sought to examine, document and analyse the emergence of business models in the 3d printing industries, drawing on a novel inductive and observational methodology for business model taxonomy developed by the PI. How did you do it? We conducted an in-depth investigation of the situated, distributed and materially-mediated practices which make up the cornerstones of … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Going for Gold – IP Implications of 3D Scanning & 3D Printing

Dinusha Mendis shares her research on the IP issues surrounding 3D scanning, 3D printing and mass customisation, for our Research Blog Series. Project: Going for Gold: A Legal and Empirical Study into the Intellectual Property (IP) Implications of 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Mass Customisation Investigators: Professor Dinusha Mendis, Bournemouth University, in collaboration with Uformia AS specialising in the manufacture of jewellery and 3D licensing and Nikoloas Maniatis of Museotechniki Ltd specialising in 3D scanning and printing of museum artefacts. What did your research aim to do? The aim was to explore the copyright, design and licensing issues surrounding 3D scanning, 3D printing and mass customisation of jewellery, in the cultural and business sectors. How did you do it?  We utilised a … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Games and Transmedia

Daithí Mac Síthigh explores how legal issues impact games developers and users, for our Research Blog Series Project Name: Games and Transmedia Investigators: Professor Daithí Mac Síthigh (Queen’s University Belfast, formerly Edinburgh University, then Newcastle University), Dr Keith M. Johnston (East Anglia), Dr Tom Phillips (Edinburgh and East Anglia) (RA) What did your research aim to do? We sought to ascertain how copyright law, and other legal mechanisms, promote or restrain the development of business models, creative platforms and payment mechanisms in the video game sector.  In particular, we thought of games within a wider ‘transmedia’ sphere, and tracked the impact of emerging platforms ranging from app stores to crowdfunding. How did you do it? We studied legal issues such as licensing, ‘software’ and … Continue reading

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Report: CREATe public Lecture by Rebecca Giblin: Taking seriously the author’s interest in copyright

Guest post by Ally Farnhill, former student on the LLM in Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy It is long established that the copyright system is predominantly concerned with incentives and rewards; incentivising creators to create and to keep creating, for their benefit and the benefit of society at large, and rewarding those creators for their efforts. While rhetoric and debates around copyright protection generally feature the author as central, it is questionable, particularly in a constantly changing creative landscape, whether this is, in fact, true. In a hugely thought-provoking presentation and the third of CREATe’s Autumn Public Lectures, Professor Rebecca Giblin (Monash University), addressed the failure of current copyright models to work in the interests of authors, and offers a … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Convergence or differentiation in IP protection?

As part of the Research Blog Series, Xiaobai Shen and Robin Williams from the University of Edinburgh present their work on business models in China’s online music, literature and film industries. Project Name: Convergence or differentiation in IP protection? A case study of new models for digital film, music and e-fiction production and distribution in China Investigators: PI Dr Xiaobai Shen with Co-I’s Prof Robin Williams and Prof Martin Kretschmer (CREATe) Edinburgh University:  Prof Burkhard Schafer Peking University (PKU): Prof Yinliang Liu, Yixiao Li, Shufeng Zheng Tsinghua University: Prof Xudong Gao, Dr Martina Gerst. What did your research aim to do? The project investigated the emergence of new production, distribution and business models in China’s online music, literature and film industries. It … Continue reading

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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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