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Research Blog Series: Oral Histories & Intellectual Property

For the Research Blog Series, Jose Bellido presents an oral history project collecting interviews with retired barristers, solicitors, civil servants, activists and academics, involved with intellectual property law. Project: Intellectual Property: Oral Histories Investigators: Jose Bellido (University of Kent) and Lionel Bently (Cambridge University) What did your research aim to do? – Document, archive, and transcribe more than fifty interviews with retired barristers, solicitors, civil servants, activists and academics. – Collect, reproduce and publish a number of unpublished material such as photographs of barristers, solicitors and intellectual property offices, sketches in court and syllabi of the first university courses on intellectual property in Britain. – Write blurbs and produce biographical/historiographical data to introduce the interviews and the material collected.

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Research Blog Series: Copyright History & Policy

Elena Cooper discusses her research in the area of Copyright History and Policy, for the Research Blog Series. Copyright, History and Policy evidences the diversity of research at CREATe. Led by Elena Cooper, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, the project explored the relevance of a study of the past, to copyright debates today. What is the Point of Copyright History?, a CREATe Working Paper (2016/04) edited by Elena Cooper and Ronan Deazley, considers the interplay between copyright policy today and historical research. It provides a record of the discussions at a two-day Copyright History Symposium held at the University of Glasgow in March 2015, comprising a public lecture delivered by copyright historian Tomas Gomez-Arostegui and a roundtable … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Human rights and the public interest

In the first post on the theme of Public Interest, Daithí Mac Síthigh presents research into freedom of expression and other human rights in the context of copyright, for our Research Blog Series. Project: Human rights and the public interest Investigators: Emily Laidlaw (East Anglia, now Calgary), Daithí Mac Síthigh (Edinburgh, then Newcastle, now QUB) and Yin Harn Lee (East Anglia and Cambridge, now Sheffield) (RA) What did your research aim to do? We aimed to identify what freedom of expression means in the context of copyright, and how this informs the understanding of other human rights in the context of copyright. A particular concern was how issues of speech, expression and communication have been treated over time, in different jurisdictions, and in relation to varying … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: IP Infrastructure project

Robin Williams reports on University of Edinburgh research into the emergence of infrastructures for managing and potentially trading IP for cultural products, for the Research Blog Series. Project: IP Infrastructure project Investigators: PIs were Gian Marco Campagnolo and Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh. The researcher was Hung The Nguyen, University of Edinburgh What did your research aim to do? Over the last decade, the UK government has made a number of recommendations to re-evaluate its current Intellectual Property (IP) framework, the last of which led to the creation of a Copyright Hub. This was the major case in this study of the emergence of infrastructures for managing and potentially trading IP for cultural products. We examined the emergence of the Copyright Hub in relation … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Living with(in) copyright law

How does the general public view copyright law? Lee Edwards presents research from the University of Leeds into this question, for the Research Blog Series. Project: Living with(in) copyright law: What is it, how does it work, how could it change? Investigators: Dr Lee Edwards, Dr Giles Moss, University of Leeds. What did your research aim to do? We aimed to investigate how members of the public would discuss the complex issue of copyright, when they were given relevant information and time and space for reflection through a structured deliberative process. How did you do it? 88 members of the Leeds public came together over one weekend to discuss copyright law, its implementation, and ways it might change. Participants were provided with … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Exploring Unlawful File Sharing

Why do people pirate or stream media unlawfully? This question was investigated by Daniel Zizzo and Piers Fleming, and summarised for the Research Blog Series. Projects: Sharing, Streaming, Stealing or Socialising? and A field Experiment of Detriments of Unlawful file sharing Investigators: Dr Piers Fleming (UEA), Professor Daniel John Zizzo (Newcastle University) What did your research aim to do? Media companies are very concerned about piracy and encourage significant punishments for accessing, storing or distributing music, films etc. They estimate that it costs billions of dollars a year to the media industry. We wanted to find out why people pirate or stream media unlawfully. Is it the cost, the accessibility or something else? How did you do it? We carried out a … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: The music industry and blockchain technologies

Jeremy Silver presents research from his working paper on some technology issues at the heart of blockchain and possible opportunities for the music industry, for the Research Blog Series. Project: Blockchain or the Chaingang? Challenges, opportunities and hype: the music industry and blockchain technologies Investigator: Dr Jeremy Silver (CEO of Digital Catapult and CREATe Industry fellow) What did your research aim to do? My working paper looked at how bitcoin and blockchain captured the public imagination, some of the technology issues at the heart of blockchain and a key dispute taking the bitcoin community in different directions with a bearing on possible music applications. I explored the kinds of initially superficial ways in which blockchain represented an attractive technology to the music industry … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Death and Digital Assets

For the Research Blog Series, Lilian Edwards writes on the research exploring how ownership and control of cultural assets produced by users on social media sites are regulated by copyright and contract law. Projects: User Generated Cultural Content (UGCC): Users as Creators, “Walled Gardens”, and the Preservation and Bequeathing of Novel Digital Cultural Assets, Investigators: Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde, Edina Harbinja, (now University of Hertfordshire) with RA Laurence Diver, Edinburgh University (on Memento Mori) What did your research aim to do? We aimed to examine how ownership and control of cultural assets produced by users on social media sites – text, photos, videos etc – are regulated by copyright and contract law. We also looked at two other key sites where cultural or copyright … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Intermediaries

Morten Hviid presents research on the impact of digitisation on the book, music and video games industries and the interaction between creators and new digital platforms, for the Research Blog Series.  Project: Intermediaries Investigators: Morten Hviid (UEA), Sofia Izquierdo Sanchez (University of Huddersfield), Sabine Jacques (UEA). Project initially led by Emily Laidlaw (University of Calgary) What did your research aim to do? The purpose of this project was to investigate the structure of selected creative industries, in particular the relationship between content creators, traditional intermediaries and platforms, to determine whether the current ecosystem maximises creativity and economic growth. To do so, we decided to focus on three key industries: books, music, and video games. Firstly, we map out the impact of digitalisation on … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: The Cultural Enterprise Office and its clients

Kicking off the theme of Intermediaries, Platforms and Users for the Research Blog Series, Philip Schlesinger sets out the research into the cultural business support intermediary. Project: Supporting creative business: Cultural Enterprise Office and its clients (A Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Project). Investigators: Professor Philip Schlesinger (PI), Dr Melanie Selfe (Co-I), Dr Ealasaid Munro (PDRA), the University of Glasgow. What did your research aim to do? The research aimed to undertake the first major detailed study of a cultural business support intermediary. How did you do it? A primary method was team ethnography in Cultural Enterprise Office. This was complemented by extensive access to the organisation’s documentation and a range of interviews with its clients, staff and the mentors used for training.

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