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Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Internet Law Dr Thomas Margoni reports on the 2017 CopyrightX Summit, held at Harvard Law School. The second CopyrightX Summit took place between 15th and 17th of May and was hosted by Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society in the beautiful Wasserstein Hall building of the Harvard Law School. During three full days of discussions and presentations, more than 30 CopyrightX teaching fellows from six continents (not Antarctica, yet!) had the occasion to interact in person and to exchange their experience of teaching the CopyrightX course. CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course created and supervised by HLS professor William Fisher and has been offered annually since 2013 under the auspices of Harvard … Continue reading
This study by Lee Edwards, Giles Moss and Kristina Karvelyte from the University of Leeds aims to respond to a call in previous research for greater public deliberation about copyright policy. It is underpinned by the principle that copyright policy is a matter of public interest, and as such, should be a subject of public discussion and debate, so that the eventual implementation of copyright is one that attracts a general level of agreement among all affected parties. The research builds on an earlier project (Grant reference ESRC RES 062-23-3027) that examined the ways in which copyright was understood and evaluated by industry, activist groups and users. This work argued that users should be viewed as ‘sources of legitimate justifications … Continue reading
CREATe Deputy Director Philip Schlesinger opened the first session at the High Level Policy Workshop on ‘EU international cultural relations: a strategic approach’, held in Florence at the European University Institute’s Global Governance Programme on 18-19 May. He argued that there were two complicating contradictions that affected the EU’s desire to project itself as a global actor. First, supranationalism is in constant tension with the Member States’ competence in managing national cultures and identities. And second, there was an expediently fluctuating relationship between culture and the economy: culture was seen both as an instrument of economic development and a source of defensive and offensive intrinsic values at a time of perceived global crisis, and often tended to be treated as … Continue reading
Press publishers, Internet platforms and Text-and-data-mining. Martin Kretschmer reports on the progress of the EU’s contested copyright reforms in the European Parliament and Council. Over the last months, many observers have tried to follow the progress of the EU copyright reform package that is now bogged down by close to 1,000 amendments from Members of the European Parliament to the proposed Copyright in the Digital Market Directive (COM(2016)593). This post tries to shed some light on what is going on behind the scene. (CREATe’s earlier contributions to the debate can be found here.)
CREATe researchers Andrea Wallace and Ronan Deazley participated in the panel discussion ‘Copyright As Frame And Prison’ on 28 April at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Leicester. Complementing the exhibition No Copyright Infringement Intended, which includes work by Wallace and Deazley, the discussion explored the disruptive power of technological innovation on culture and copyright. A video recording of the panel discussion is now available on the CREATe Media YouTube Account.
Launch of CREATe Copyright and Innovation Network Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme London, Digital Catapult Centre, 101 Euston Road, NW1 2RA 26 May 2017, 11:00 – 16:00 CREATe announces the launch of the Copyright and Innovation Network (CIN) with an event exploring, “Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme.” This event marks the launch of a national CREATe network on copyright and innovation that aims to be a catalyst for new industry-relevant research at the interface of law, technology and social science.
Book now: Convergence or differentiation in IP protection strategies and business models? – The case of China
Date: 5 June 2017 (9:00 – 18:00) Location: University of Edinburgh Business School, room LT1A To book: Email project director Dr Xiaobai Shen (email@example.com ) This workshop presents findings from CREATe supported research into the role of digitization and copyright protection in the development of creative industries in contemporary China. In the USA and Europe, incumbent players in the creative industries have been strongly entrenched and struggled to hold on to old business models, while China has enjoyed a period of “letting a hundred flowers bloom”.
How do archives, museums and libraries enable digital access to works in their collections when it is difficult to identify or locate the copyright owners? The problem of orphan works has been addressed in part by the EU Orphan Works Directive 2012 and the UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme (OWLS). But are these solutions fit for purpose? The Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks project was the first UK study addressing the legal and practical realities of diligent search since the Directive and OWLS came into effect. Now the project has concluded, with a new resource launched at www.digitisingmorgan.org.
The annual conference of the European Copyright Society (ECS), held this year at Sciences Po, Paris on 12 May 2017, will explore a possible path to a unitary EU copyright that would overcome the territorial fragmentation of online content markets. CREATe has worked with the European Copyright Society (ECS) on numerous policy submissions since the society was established in 2012. Speakers at ECS 2017 affiliated with CREATe include Prof. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow), Prof. Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham) and Prof. Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge), as well as members of CREATe’s programme advisory council (Bernt Hugenholtz, IViR, University of Amsterdam and Reto Hilty, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich).
CREATe Deputy Director Philip Schlesinger gave the opening keynote lecture on ‘Why does cultural expertise matter?’ at the international conference on ‘La prescription culturelle en question/Investigating cultural expertise’, held at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Dijon from 5-7 April 2017. His talk focused on the current crisis of expertise in the public sphere, how institutions prescribe cultural agendas, and the diverse regimes of research that shape academic identities and agendas. The conference covered a wide range of cultural practices, from music to manga, and the tensions between algorithmic and actor-driven forms of prescription. Organised by the Groupe d’Études sur la Prescription, conference proceedings will be published in due course.