Category Archives: CREATe Blog

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

Questioning the creative economy – Keynote by CREATe Deputy Director

Philip Schlesinger gave the opening keynote lecture at the Cultural and Professional Policy Seminar held at the NFF (the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers’ and Translators’ Association) in Oslo on 6 September 2017. Philip reflected on the present state of cultural policy in Norway following its creative economy turn. He considered what could be learned from the British experience and discussed the often complex pressures on academics working in a field which in the UK has become an arm of industrial policy. A very lively panel discussion followed his lecture.

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CREATe research on copyright takedown to be presented at Loyola University Chicago

CREATe member and School of Law colleague Kristofer Erickson will present research at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday 15th September. The title of Dr Erickson’s presentation, which emerges from research with colleagues Martin Kretschmer and Dinusha Mendis, funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office, is ‘Assessing the impact of derivative works: Evidence from the removal of music video parodies on YouTube’. The project examines rightsholder behavior by analysing the factors that contribute to a request to remove user-generated parody videos from YouTube. The new paper includes data about the takedown rate from our original sample, added in 2016 by CREATe collaborators Sabine Jacques and Morten Hviid at the University of East Anglia. The public lecture will take … Continue reading

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Enabling Open Science through Open Access #cipss17

Dr. Thomas Margoni and Dr. Giulia Dore report on their ESRC IAA-funded public event, “Enabling Open Science through Open Access Licences” during CREATe’s IP Summer Summit. CREATe’s first IP Summer Summit (CIPSS’17) gave the unique opportunity to meet and discuss Open Science with speakers with different expertise, including academic, practitioners, governmental and non-governmental bodies and civil society, from all over the world. On 28th June, a public event titled Enabling Open Science through Open Access Licences, chaired by Dr. Thomas Margoni, illustrated the results of a recent ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant (no. ES/M500471/1). The session, articulated in four main parts, introduced the audience to the complex issue of Open Access licensing and Open Science best practices and presented the results … Continue reading

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Reflections on CREATe’s first MOOC

Dr Sukhpreet Singh (Director of the MSc/LLM @CREATe) and Kerry Patterson (CREATe Community Manager) reflect on the initial run of CREATe’s MOOC. CREATe ran its first MOOC (massive open online course) this summer: ‘Music Copyright: Understanding UK Copyright Law When Working with Music.’ Introducing learners to key aspects of UK music copyright law, it was developed by CREATe academics, Dr Sukhpreet Singh, Dr Kris Erickson and Bartolomeo Meletti and ran from for 2 weeks from 10th to 26th July. The first run of the free course was aimed at musicians and current or aspiring music industry professionals. It covered key aspects of copyright law important to creators, producers, marketers and distributors of music. The course was also designed to be … Continue reading

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Thinking about Open Culture and Copyright: The CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017

Tibbie McIntyre reflects on open culture and on her experience of CREATe’s IP Sumnmer Summit, #cipss17. This post first appeared on the 1709 blog. The CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017 took place from Monday 26 – Friday 30 June. In this inaugural year, the theme of the Summit was ‘Open Science and Open Culture’. A range of speakers from around the globe presented on an array of Open Innovation issues, with attendees travelling from the National Law University in Delhi, IP Australia, the American University and the University of Trento in Italy. Organised by Dr Sukhpreet Singh – Senior Lecturer and CREATe Programme Leader – the Summit explored the benefits of developing openness within our culture, particularly within the global … Continue reading

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Report on the CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017 #cipss17

Kat Eleanor Wilson reports on CREATe’s first summer summit, which explored the theme of  ‘Open Science and Open Culture’ with a focus on development in the Global South.  This post was originally published on IPKat. I was lucky enough to attend CREATe’s inaugural Summer Summit  from 26 – 30 June, which was jointly organised with National Law University (NLU) Delhi by Dr Sukhpreet Singh (CREATe, University of Glasgow). The theme of the summit was ‘Open Science, Open Culture & the Global South’, and openness was discussed from every possible interpretation – from open access to open exceptions, from open policy making to open education. This post contains just some edited highlights of an intensive week. The week kicked off with … Continue reading

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Exploring Copy Ethics with CopyrightUser.org

On 13th July 2017, I presented some of the short films produced for CopyrightUser.org at the international conference Copy Ethics: Theory and Practice, held at ZiF – the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University. The conference was part of the project ‘The Ethics of Copying’, led by Reinold Schmücker (Westf. Wilhelms-Universität, Münster), Thomas Dreier (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe), Pavel Zahrádka (Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, Olomouc) and Eberhard Ortland (Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld). The research group is a collaboration between legal scholars, philosophers and scholars from art history, art sciences, book studies, comparative literature, German literature, media studies, popular music and sociology. Its overarching aim is to develop proposals balancing the interests of those affected by copying practices, which might … Continue reading

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‘No Copyright, No Problem?’ at the Edinburgh Festival

Will there be a show on artists and copyright at the largest arts festival in the world? Yes! Dr Smita Kheria (University of Edinburgh) is taking the research findings from her CREATe project on ‘Individual Creators’ to Edinburgh Fringe 2017. The show is inspired by her fieldwork conducted at the Edinburgh Festivals, including the Fringe, in 2014 and 2015. Provocatively titled ‘No copyright, No Problem?’ the show is a part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. Smita will be drawing on extensive empirical research on the perspectives and practices of individual creative practitioners (writers, illustrators, and visual artists) to ask whether copyright matters or could we live without it. She asks; Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? … Continue reading

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with CREATe

Are you interested in exploring copyright’s next frontier? Do you want to do that while working at CREATe? Apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with CREATe as a host institution! Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are set of EU funding initiatives supporting research, training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field – a “bottom-up” approach. Endowing researchers with new skills and a wider range of competencies, while offering them attractive working conditions, is a crucial aspect of the MSCA. In addition to fostering mobility between countries, the MSCA also seek to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business. Several MSCA … Continue reading

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The Copyright Cortex: Launch Event

Victoria Stobo reports on the launch of the Copyright Cortex, at the British Library: The Copyright Cortex is the brainchild of Professor Ronan Deazley of Queen’s University Belfast and CREATe postgraduate researchers Victoria Stobo and Andrea Wallace. An online resource dedicated to copyright and digital cultural heritage, it was developed to provide libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions with information and expert commentary on how copyright law affects the creation and management of digital cultural heritage. The website has two features: firstly, it’s a catalogue. It brings together a wide range of material relating to copyright and digital cultural heritage: scholarly publications, practical guidance, policy documentation, and real world case studies. Secondly, it includes an open access text for … Continue reading

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