Category Archives: CREATe Blog

Regular opinion pieces by consortium faculty, with a focus on the interdisciplinary character of our pioneering project

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within Music Media in National and Global Markets

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is available at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, Norway to work as part of the project Music on Demand: Economy and Copyright in a Digitised Cultural Sector (MUSEC) with CREATe Fellow Ruth Towse, Professor of Economics of Creative Industries and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management at Bournemouth University. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s KULMEDIA programme. The overall aim of the project is to provide new insight into how music is distributed and paid for in the digital era. The project entails examinations of the economic interactions among different parties in the music sector and the ways in which copyright law protects those involved. … Continue reading

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Martin Kretschmer at the Westminster Media Forum on Copyright and Brexit

“The UK’s rational option is to develop a more open innovation system at home while encouraging the EU to pursue bad copyright policies. But this is unlikely to happen.” Martin Kretschmer reports on the Westminster Media Forum:  On 22 June 2017, I spoke at the Westminster Media Forum on Brexit and the UK’s future approach to copyright: exceptions, originality thresholds and creator reward. I developed a simple argument for a panel chaired by Lord Clement-Jones. Other discussants included James Bennett (Head of Rights and Licensing, Copyright Licensing Agency), Imogen Heap (Recording Artist and Creative Executive Officer, Featured Artist Coalition), Ben White (Head of Intellectual Property, British Library) and Susie Winter (Director of Policy and Communications, The Publishers Association). Since the transcript … Continue reading

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Now Available: Resource page for CIN Launch plus new Business Models Working Paper

A resource page reflecting the proceedings of the Launch of the Copyright & Innovation Network is now available at: http://www.create.ac.uk/cin-launch/ . The page highlights key future research avenues from a range of perspectives and includes downloadable versions of presentations from the day, plus audio of keynote speaker Paul Belleflamme on the subject of ‘The Economics of Digital Goods’. Also available is a new paper in the CREATe Working Paper series: Business Models, Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries: A Meta-analysis by Nicola Searle. Grounded in the business model literature, this paper examines business models in the Creative Industries (CI), and the of role intellectual property (IP) following the UK’s 2011 Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property. It does so via a meta-analysis of … Continue reading

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Join CREATe’s free course on Music Copyright! #FLMusicCopyright

CREATe is running its first ever MOOC (massive open online course) this summer! This free online course ‘Music Copyright: Understanding UK Copyright Law When Working with Music‘, introduces you to the key aspects of UK music copyright law. You can learn at your own pace as long as you commit about four hours per week reading the materials, interacting in forum posts and attempting quizzes. Join the course here which starts on 10 July 2017 and lasts for 2 weeks. This free course will help answers questions such as: what is protected by copyright and what is not? In what circumstances can you reuse copyrighted material without permission or payment? How do collecting societies work? And how can you make money as a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Symposium: New Approaches to Orphan Works

On 23rd June, Bournemouth University will host a Symposium on New Approaches to the Orphan Works Problem. A limited number of spaces are still available for those wishing to participate in the event, which will include presentations by Peter Jaszi, Dan Hunter and Meredith Jacob. CREATe researchers Victoria Stobo and Kris Erickson will also present new research arising from interviews with cultural heritage institutions in Italy, The Netherlands and the UK, as well as from the Digitising Morgan project at the University of Glasgow. The purpose of the symposium is to evaluate recent legislative interventions such as the EU Orphan Works Directive of 2012. A wealth of new empirical data such as those gathered in the first phase of the … Continue reading

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Open call for submissions: Internet Policy Review

The peer-reviewed journal of Internet policy in Europe is seeking submissions of 6000-8000 words on topics of relevance to the regulation of digital communication technologies. The journal, edited in partnership between Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France and CREATe at the University of Glasgow, publishes four issues per year and considers new submissions on a rolling basis. Internet Policy Review is a multidisciplinary journal at the confluence of policy studies, technology studies, law, economics, communication studies and sociology. Engagement may take the form of empirical, legal or theoretical analysis or scholarly essays but should always be critical and original. Submissions should make explicit reference to European … Continue reading

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CopyrightX Summit 2017

Dr Thomas Margoni (Director of the LLM Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy and Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Internet Law) 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 … Continue reading

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New Working Paper: Living With(in) Copyright Law

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

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Launch of the Copyright Cortex

CREATe researchers invite you to the launch of the Copyright Cortex at the British Library on the evening of Tuesday, 20th June 2017. The Copyright Cortex is a new innovative online resource concerned with copyright and digital cultural heritage. A collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast and CREATe at the University of Glasgow, the Copyright Cortex will become the principal point of reference for archives, museums, libraries and other memory institutions seeking information and expert commentary on how UK copyright law impacts the creation, access to and use of digital cultural heritage. Speakers at the launch event include: Lionel Bently, Professor of Intellectual Property, University of Cambridge Jill Cousins, Executive Director, Europeana Ronan Deazley, Professor of Copyright, Queen’s University Belfast Ben … Continue reading

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What academic research can gain from the pitch competition format

Pitch competitions are short, intense events in which teams compete to solve challenges set by organisers. They offer the possibility to explore innovative solutions in a relatively compressed time-frame and with limited resources. They have been widely used in the technology, design and business worlds to generate and rapidly prototype new ideas. How might academic researchers benefit from the pitch competition format, either as organisers or as participants ourselves? And how can these events be improved to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange? Over the past year, colleagues and I in CREATe have experimented with the pitch competition format. We have used it to engage with external communities of software developers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs. For example, in 2016 we … Continue reading

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