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Morten Hviid, University of East Anglia provides a summary of CREATe supported research into the effects of digitalisation on the music and publishing industries. The findings have been published as two new working papers. The two papers explore the structure of the music and publishing industries respectively post-digitalisation. In both cases we observe that digitalisation and disintermediation of support services have made possible an increased potential for the creative agents to self-publish and bypass the traditional publishers and labels. We also observed a move towards a more concentrated retail sector, where the large internet platforms dominate the interface with consumers. We speculate on the effect of these changes on the traditionally powerful firms in these industries, the book and music publishers and the record labels and … Continue reading
CILIP’s annual Copyright Conference takes place on April 7 in London. The conference provides information professionals with a chance to update their knowledge about crucial copyright and licensing related issues and developments. The programme has been curated by Naomi Korn and features two papers by CREATe researchers. In his talk entitled ‘Navigating the Copyright Cortex: Enabling Digital Cultural Heritage’ Ronan Deazley will introduce the Copyright Cortex: a new online resource providing free, expert, objective and research-led commentary and advice about UK copyright law as it impacts the digitisation, access to, and use of our shared cultural heritage. Victoria Stobo, presents ‘The archivist who kicked the hornet’s nest: Taking the sting out of digitising 20th century materials’ which will explore the ways … Continue reading
On 24th May 2016 the first Copyright Education Symposium – sponsored by CREATe, ALCS, CLA, ERA, PRS for Music, the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and supported by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) – was held at the offices of the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) in London. To inform the discussions during the event, CREATe commissioned Hayleigh Bosher (PhD, Bournemouth University) to develop An Explorative Review of Copyright Education: Studies and Resources, which was published today as a CREATe Working Paper. Together with the Working Paper, CREATe is launching a resource page on the Copyright Education Symposium 2016. The resource page includes a summary of the day, notes from the series of parallel workshop sessions, a short video … Continue reading
Jane Secker, LSE and Chris Morrison, University of Kent presented interim findings from a lecture recording survey which investigated copyright and IP policies at higher education institutions at the ALT-C conference in September 2016. Thirty three institutions from a good range of Russell Group, post-92 and other universities responded to the survey and findings reveal that semi-automated lecture recording systems are becoming mainstream in UK HEIs. The use of such systems, however, raises a number of issues related to copyright and IPR that need to be addressed. The lecture presented at ALT-C provided some good practice advice for institutions and recommendations for further research. The lecture recording is now available as a CREATe Working Paper.
Blog post by Florence Thepot, CREATe Associate and Lecturer in Competition and European Union Law, University of Glasgow On 14 and 15th November 2016, I attended the international workshop on Cultural industries and digital platforms organised by the LabEx ICCA in Paris. LabEx ICCA (University Paris 13 and University Paris 3) is an interdisciplinary research centre specialising in the creative economy. They focus on how changes such as digitisation are impacting various dimensions of the creative industry, including the emergence of new business models, methods of consumption etc. The workshop was the second international workshop organised by the LabEx ICCA and took place at the Maison de la Recherche de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, in Paris 5th arrondissement just near the Pantheon.
Philip Schlesinger, CREATe Deputy Director and Professor in Cultural Policy, has been awarded a Robert Schuman Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence. An award for distinguished scholars made by invitation only, this will run from March to June 2018. Professor Schlesinger will be based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) where he will work with colleagues on “digital culture and the future of the public sphere”. He said: “The current turmoil in political communication, growing xenophobia, and present challenges to rational thought compel our attention. I’m delighted that the EUI has invited me to research these questions.” The RSCAS was established in 1992 to complement the four disciplinary departments that make up the EUI. It … Continue reading
A new CREATe project will help advance the study of historical copyright by making the Stationers’ Register fully searchable, in a freely accessible online database. The Register is an unequalled resource for literary scholars, book historians and all those interested in the early history of copyright. The origins of Anglo-American copyright begin in the mid sixteenth-century with the commencement of a series of ledgers kept by the Stationers’ Company of London, that are now collectively known as the Stationers’ Register. In these ledgers, early publishers including those of William Shakespeare, John Milton, Thomas Hobbes and thousands of other authors, musicians and artists sought protection from their works being copied and printed. Edward Arber’s printed edition of the earliest entries, published in the 1890s, has remained … Continue reading
Professor Lilian Edwards, CREATe Deputy Director, University of Strathclyde will be providing a seminar at City University of London on Friday, February 3rd. Abstract: The digital copyright and piracy wars, which began with Napster and continue today into the age of streaming, Spotify and Netflix, have engaged in broadly three strategies to defend existing content industries, which can be described as punish, prevent, and provide alternative business models. Both anecdotal experience in the legal system and empirical research carried out by CREATe and others point to the failure and partial abandonment of the punishment strategy, especially in its legislative “graduate response” form. By contrast, prevention, in its latest forms of site blocking and geoblocking, is rising in popularity, at least … Continue reading
OpenMinTeD (Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data) is a H2020 project that aims to make it easier for researchers to integrate the use of mined data into their daily workflows. The project will develop a registry of TDM services and tools to better equip researchers to discover, combine, and use mined data. Thomas Margoni delivered a webinar on November 23rd that reported on OpenMinTeD project activity relating to Text and Data Mining interoperability at the legal level. The slides and video of the event are now available. Giulia Dore describes the OpenMinTeD project in more detail below.
PhD Scholarship in legal aspects of data and digital innovation at School of Law, University of Glasgow, in collaboration with international law firm CMS and CREATe, the RCUK copyright centre
Applications are invited for a PhD Scholarship being offered by the School of Law, University of Glasgow, in collaboration with international law firm CMS. The PhD project will involve a unique collaboration between the technology, media and communications practice of CMS (led by Chris Watson), and the RCUK CREATe Centre, investigating copyright and digital innovation (led by Prof. Martin Kretschmer) who will jointly supervise. The PhD project will be shaped in discussion with the successful candidate, and seeks to establish thought leadership in a cutting edge area relating to digital technology, competition and innovation. We are particularly interested in emerging technologies and structures that may be linked to a new understanding of data as a source of market power. However, other topics … Continue reading