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CREATe report from Global IP Congress Delhi 2015

Report by CREATe Researcher, Daithí Mac Síthigh (Newcastle University) on the CREATe Panel at the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, New Delhi, December 2015 The fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest took place in New Delhi during December 2015. For the first time, CREATe was a partner in this event; a four-strong CREATe delegation attended, and led a panel session highlighting aspects of CREATe’s work – ‘Emerging and Existing Business Models in the Creative Industries’. A wide range of CREATe activities and institutions were covered; Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths) spoke on open publishing models and on her experiences with Goldsmiths Press, and Lilian Edwards (Strathclyde) discussed the latest developments regarding the roles … Continue reading

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CREATe academics set to organize panel in Global IP Congress in New Delhi

Global IP Congress 2015

CREATe is proud to announce the organization of a bespoke panel at the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, hosted by the National Law University in New Delhi from Dec 15-17, 2015. The CREATe Panel will be represented by academics from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths & Strathclyde, and will focus on business models in the creative economy, drawing upon socio-legal and empirical findings of several research projects that examine existing and emerging business models. The CREATe researchers aim to present to an international audience how the understanding of existing and new business models can contribute to the challenges faced by, and opportunities available to, creative practices and industries in a rapidly changing economic, regulatory and technological environment.

The Global Congress began in Washington DC in 2011, moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2012, and was held in Cape Town in 2013. The fourth Global Congress on IP & the Public Interest, taking place in 2015 in New Delhi, is expected to bring together a wide range of communities, such as academia, civil society, industry, regulators and policy-makers. The event is billed as the largest convening of public interest-oriented intellectual property practitioners ever held in Asia, and would help link in the world’s most populous region to these global debates around how intellectual property policy can best serve the public interest. Besides CREATe (UK), the co-organizers and implementers of this global congress include American University (Washington USA), American Assembly Columbia University (USA), Open AIR (A pan-African Innovation Research & Training project), the National Law University (New Delhi India), and, Centre for Internet & Society (Bangalore India).

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Statutory licensing, copyright exchange and other interesting copyright things from Korea!

Korea Copyright Commission LogoDelegates from the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC) led by their Director of the Copyright Deliberation & Research Team visited CREATe on Wednesday 21 October 2015 to share creative industry research and policy initiatives from Korea and to explore current copyright concerns in the Western world. Potentially forming into an annual information exchange symposium, this was KCC’s second visit to CREATe, the first having taken place in 2014. Continue reading

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CREATe at the Scottish Parliament

CREATe researchers were invited to the Scottish Parliament on 18 March to showcase cutting edge social science research in the ‘Social Science Making a Difference’ event. Supported by the Scottish Parliament and ESRC, and organized by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the event brought together more than 100 attendees from various organizations and stakeholders working with and benefiting from social science research and academic researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The specialist research centres and projects selected to present their work on this occasion shared with attendees their latest social science research findings which address key societal challenges of the day, showcased the solutions they have developed through interactive multimedia resources and appraised them of key upcoming events.

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The Economics of Creativity and Competition: New Markets, New Challenges

A CREATe capacity building event hosted by: Centre for Competition Policy & University of East Anglia, Norwich 4th/5th February 2015, Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich (see map) Context Click to view campus map Economics lies at the heart of CREATe’s mission to explore the role of copyright and new business models in the creative industries. This two-day event provided an opportunity to explore the insights and methods provided by economists and others. It was an opportunity to debate the relationship between competition and creativity; to consider how experimental economics can increase our understanding of consumers and producers; to examine the particular issues and problems that face new markets in the digital creative economy. The aim of the event … Continue reading

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Delegation from Korea Copyright Commission visits CREATe

A high level delegation led by the Director of Industrial Research Policy from the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC) visited CREATe, University of Glasgow, on Thursday 23 October 2014. The purpose of this visit was to explore CREATe’s approach to economic research on copyright law (an area the KCC is keen to develop) and evolve an approach to sharing policy relevant information on copyright between Asia and Europe.

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Reflections on CREATe’s All Hands conference

Guest post by Dr John Oliver, Associate Professor in Media Management, Bournemouth University, UK

2014.09.15-16.low_093CREATe’s All Hands conference (15-16th September 2014), while on one hand, provided the mainly internal consortium delegates with an opportunity to network and share research updates, it was also a platform for external academics, such as myself, to get close to the heart of CREATe’s work and meet the people behind its early success. As a media management researcher, I am interested in the business models of media and cultural businesses, and it was natural that I was intrigued by how a group of academic lawyers, technologists, sociologists and political scientists conceptualized ‘business models’ – something which was previously the domain of either economists or business academics, mainly those who studied strategic management, and where the phrase ‘business models’ can be a rather specific technical term. The two days spent in Glasgow, where the conversation during lunch and tea breaks was always on the verge of veering into Scottish independence and the referendum later that week, did answer the question to some extent. Regulatory frameworks, mainly copyright, are central to the genesis of ‘new’ or ‘better’ business models in media or cultural industries, and it became clear why RCUK made one of their biggest investments for the study of cultural and creative industries by funding an interdisciplinary centre for copyright and ‘New Business Models’, consciously rooted not in a ‘business’, but ‘law’ school of the University of Glasgow. Continue reading

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CREATe Appointment to Ofcom Content Board

Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications, wireless communications and postal services, has announced the appointment of a non-executive member to its Content Board. Professor Philip Schlesinger has been appointed to the Content Board to represent the interests of the people of Scotland.

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Quit Playing Around: Monkey Stirs Up Copyright Controversy with Selfie

Guestpost by Emily Goodhand, first appeared here. This week saw the return of the ‘monkey selfie’ story. A British wildlife photographer was photographing crested black macaque monkeys in Indonesia when the monkeys began to show an interest in his equipment and started taking pictures of themselves. One of the photos found its way on to Wikimedia and the photographer threatened to sue for copyright infringement and damages. Wikimedia put it to a community vote and eventually refused to take the photo off the public domain section of the website Wikimedia Commons. So, if the monkey took the photograph, who really owns its copyright?

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“Act early and strategically” — highlights from CREATe co-sponsored event for Design industry practitioners.

Act early and strategically — know the value of your Intellectual Property (IP), and the best way to protect it for your advantage. These were among the pearls of wisdom shared at Up Your IP, a seminar for Design industry practitioners recently in Edinburgh. Organised by ICC and Creative Scotland and co-sponsored by CREATe, the day was the first of a series that aims to improve awareness and action on IP for Creative Industry enterprises. The second event, on September 11 2014, will focus on IP for Theatre organisations, and a third event, on September 25, will address IP for Digital Creatives. In November, the partners will release a suite of guidebooks addressing IP in Scotland’s Creative Industries (for details … Continue reading

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