Monthly Archives: February 2018

New CopyrightX: Glasgow Course

Ally Farnhill, CopyrightX: Glasgow Assistant Teaching Fellow, writes about the Glasgow CopyrightX course, currently underway at CREATe. The CopyrightX: Glasgow course, organised by the University of Glasgow Law school and CREATe in collaboration with Harvard Law School, has opened its doors for a second year, offering a selection of IP LLM students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of US copyright law and enjoy the benefit of in-depth, small group discussion. CopyrightX, an intensive twelve week networked course, has been offered annually since 2013 under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative and the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society, although made its highly successful debut in Glasgow in 2017. As the course website explains, the course … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Self-enforcing IP Law

Burkhard Schafer presents the results of research at the University of Edinburgh aiming to future-proof copyright law for the age of robotics and AI, for the Research Blog Series. Project: Self-enforcing IP Law: Life after DRM & IP Dispute Resolution: Digital evidence, e-discovery and the changing costs of litigation Investigators: Burkhard Schafer, Laurence Diver, David Komouves and Jesus Niebla Zattarain, University of Edinburgh What did your research aim to do? The aim was to future-proof copyright law for the age of robotics and AI, both in terms of substantive law, and of the software tools the legal profession will need for its implementation. In the olden days (that is, five years ago or so), two things seemed obvious: Copyright law regulates a quintessentially human … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Do automated tools foster or deter the promotion of cultural works in the digital economy?

The Research Blog Series continues with Sabine Jacques’ research investigating the correlation between the introduction of algorithms as copyright enforcement mechanisms and the diversity of works enjoyed by the wider public on online platforms. Project: The impact on cultural diversity of Automated Anti-Piracy Systems as copyright enforcement mechanisms: an empirical study of YouTube’s Content ID digital fingerprinting technology Investigators: Sabine Jacques, Krzysztof Garstka, Morten Hviid & John Street Sabine, Morten and John are based at the University of East Anglia while Krzysztof is at the University of Cambridge. What did your research aim to do? It aimed at understanding whether there is a correlation between the introduction of algorithms as copyright enforcement mechanisms and the diversity of works enjoyed by the wider … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: IP Enforcement in Scotland – Copyright and the Creative Industries

Jane Cornwell from the University of Edinburgh reports on her research into IP enforcement with a focus on the creative industries in Scotland, for the Research Blog Series. Project: Copyright and Civil Enforcement Investigator: Jane Cornwell, Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh. What did your research aim to do? My project explores IP enforcement in Scotland, with particular interest in copyright and the creative industries. How did you do it? I created a dataset on IP actions initiated at the Court of Session (the Scottish equivalent to the English High Court) from 2008 to 2014, compiled working directly from the physical case files.  I also conducted a survey and interviews among Scottish IP legal practitioners (solicitors and patent/trade mark attorneys).

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ISHTIP 2018 Call for papers: Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the ISHTIP (the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property) call for papers for its 10th Annual Workshop, is on 16 February 2018. The Workshop on Intellectual Property and Heritage will be held at the University of Roma Tre on 4-6 July 2018. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of ISHTIP, which held its first workshop in the Stationers’ Hall in London in March 2008.  The Stationers Hall, with its special place in intellectual property law and history, seemed an appropriate place to kick off an interdisciplinary society with a particular focus on the interaction of those two disciplines.  Ten years on, ISHTIP has deepened its interdisciplinary engagement providing a forum for an array … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: The changing role and responsibilities of online intermediaries

Kicking off the theme of Regulation and Enforcement for our Research Blog Series, Lilian Edwards presents her research on two projects assessing the changing role and responsibility of online intermediaries in controlling access to copyright-infringing content Project: Public/Intermediary Enabled Copyright Enforcement & Physical Platforms and New Business Models Investigators: Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde (PI); Megan Rae Blakely, University of Glasgow (PhD researcher); Laurence Diver, Edinburgh (PhD and RA); Nicolas Jondet, University of Strathclyde (Teaching Fellow). With assistance from Martin Kretschmer (CREATe, University of Glasgow) and Thomas Hoppner (Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde). What did your research aim to do? It aimed to assess the changing role and responsibility of online intermediaries in controlling access to infringing of copyright content, especially “pirated” music … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Voices of CREATe

In the last of our posts looking at the theme of Creative Practice and Copyright, Ealasaid Munro presents her meta-analysis of CREATe research into individual creators. Project: Voices of CREATe Investigator: Ealasaid Munro, University of Glasgow What did your research aim to do? In late 2015, I was asked to undertake a meta-analysis of CREATe-funded research concerning activities of individual creators. As with any dispersed research consortium, there had been limited opportunities to come together and discuss lines of congruence and divergence between individual projects, and the CREATe Directorate recognized that a meta-analysis would add value to the work that had already been done. How did you do it? I conducted a qualitative meta-analysis of published material supplied by work package … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Creators’ Organisations

The Research Blog Series continues with research from the University of Edinburgh into creators’ organisations as participants and shapers of copyright policy. Project: Creators’ Organisations Investigators: Dr Smita Kheria (Principal Investigator) with PhD student Ms Nevena Kostova, University of Edinburgh What did your research aim to do? The objectives of the doctoral research conducted for this project were to study creators’ organisations (COs) as participants and shapers of copyright policy: to understand how these actors behave, what environment they operate in and what effects this environment and organisations’ workings produce on the nature and substance of copyright law and policy.

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Research Blog Series: Individual Creators

Smita Kheria presents her research exploring how copyright affects the careers of individual creators, for the Research Blog Series Project: Individual Creators Investigator: Dr Smita Kheria, University of Edinburgh What did your research aim to do? The key aim of the research was to understand how, in a changing technological and socio-economic environment, copyright law trickles down and is played out in day-to-day creative practices. The research focussed on individual creators and their understandings of how copyright intersects with their careers, in particular how relevant or irrelevant it might be to them and whether or not it hinders or benefits their creative practice. How did you do it? In order to investigate the role of copyright across different creative disciplines an extensive … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Fashion micro-enterprises in London, Berlin, Milan

Angela McRobbie presents the second phase of research into fashion micro-enterprises, for the Research Blog Series. Project: Fashion micro-enterprises in London, Berlin, Milan The second phase of work for CREATe has entailed a new round of interviews, events and activities focusing on the impact of digital online transformations across the sector, especially in retail. Our intentions this time were to work with a smaller number of designers and companies in each city and seek to gain a clear sense of how the significant changes away from physical location selling (ie shops) to online retail were impacting on the sector, particularly the micro-businesses and those working in a start-up framework. Facing some obstacles, as ever, with questions of access to the … Continue reading

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