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Research Blog Series: Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks

Continuing the Research Blog Series, Kerry Patterson presents a project that explores the issue of Orphan Works using the case study of the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks. Project: Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks Investigators: PI – Ronan Deazley (now Queen’s University Belfast), Co-I – Sarah Hepworth (Special Collections, University of Glasgow), RA – Kerry Patterson (CREATe, University of Glasgow) What did your research aim to do? Cultural heritage institutions are struggling to enable digital access to works in their collections when copyright owners cannot be identified or located. 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 our research explored the impact of these solutions and questioned whether … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Surrogate IP Rights in the Cultural Sector 

Continuing our Research Blog Series, Andrea Wallace reports on her work exploring the effects of copyright claims on artworks in the public domain. Project: Surrogate IP Rights in the Cultural Sector  (Part of New Business Models for Cultural Institutions) Investigator: Andrea Wallace (CREATe) with the National Library of Scotland What did your research aim to do? My research aimed to consider the impact that a claim to copyright in reproductions of artworks has on meaningful access to and reuse of our common cultural heritage in the public domain. How did you do it? I performed empirical and qualitative research on rights and reproductions policies of a number of cultural institutions around the world and produced in the Display At Your Own Risk project, … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Archives, Digitisation & Copyright

Kicking off the 2nd theme in our Research Blog Series – GLAM Sector and Openness – Victoria Stobo discusses her PhD research at the University of Glasgow Project: Archives, Digitisation, and Copyright (PhD Study) Investigators: Prof. Ronan Deazley (now Queen’s University, Belfast), Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Dr. Ian G Anderson and Ms Victoria Stobo (all University of Glasgow) What did your research aim to do? Understand the effect of UK copyright law on the digitisation of archive collections. How did you do it? The research used mixed methods to explore the challenges facing archivists in relation to the digitisation and making available of collections containing third party copyright works. A questionnaire survey was distributed to archive services based in the UK. I also conducted semi-structured interviews … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Emergent Business Models for 3D Printing Innovation

For our Research Blog Series, Luciana D’Adderio reviews her work on business models in the 3D printing industries. Project Name: Emergent Business Models for 3D Printing Innovation Investigators: PI Dr Luciana D’Adderio, University of Strathclyde Business School, with Co-I’s Prof. Jonathan Corney (Strathclyde – Engineering), Prof. Lilian Edwards (Strathclyde –Law Department) and Prof. Robin Williams (University of Edinburgh) What did your research aim to do? This project sought to examine, document and analyse the emergence of business models in the 3d printing industries, drawing on a novel inductive and observational methodology for business model taxonomy developed by the PI. How did you do it? We conducted an in-depth investigation of the situated, distributed and materially-mediated practices which make up the cornerstones of … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Going for Gold – IP Implications of 3D Scanning & 3D Printing

Dinusha Mendis shares her research on the IP issues surrounding 3D scanning, 3D printing and mass customisation, for our Research Blog Series. Project: Going for Gold: A Legal and Empirical Study into the Intellectual Property (IP) Implications of 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Mass Customisation Investigators: Professor Dinusha Mendis, Bournemouth University, in collaboration with Uformia AS specialising in the manufacture of jewellery and 3D licensing and Nikoloas Maniatis of Museotechniki Ltd specialising in 3D scanning and printing of museum artefacts. What did your research aim to do? The aim was to explore the copyright, design and licensing issues surrounding 3D scanning, 3D printing and mass customisation of jewellery, in the cultural and business sectors. How did you do it?  We utilised a … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Games and Transmedia

Daithí Mac Síthigh explores how legal issues impact games developers and users, for our Research Blog Series Project Name: Games and Transmedia Investigators: Professor Daithí Mac Síthigh (Queen’s University Belfast, formerly Edinburgh University, then Newcastle University), Dr Keith M. Johnston (East Anglia), Dr Tom Phillips (Edinburgh and East Anglia) (RA) What did your research aim to do? We sought to ascertain how copyright law, and other legal mechanisms, promote or restrain the development of business models, creative platforms and payment mechanisms in the video game sector.  In particular, we thought of games within a wider ‘transmedia’ sphere, and tracked the impact of emerging platforms ranging from app stores to crowdfunding. How did you do it? We studied legal issues such as licensing, ‘software’ and … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Convergence or differentiation in IP protection?

As part of the Research Blog Series, Xiaobai Shen and Robin Williams from the University of Edinburgh present their work on business models in China’s online music, literature and film industries. Project Name: Convergence or differentiation in IP protection? A case study of new models for digital film, music and e-fiction production and distribution in China Investigators: PI Dr Xiaobai Shen with Co-I’s Prof Robin Williams and Prof Martin Kretschmer (CREATe) Edinburgh University:  Prof Burkhard Schafer Peking University (PKU): Prof Yinliang Liu, Yixiao Li, Shufeng Zheng Tsinghua University: Prof Xudong Gao, Dr Martina Gerst. What did your research aim to do? The project investigated the emergence of new production, distribution and business models in China’s online music, literature and film industries. It … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Measuring the ‘value’ of UK games tax relief

Tom Phillips shares his research into the value of the British video games industry – in cultural, political, and economic terms, as part of the Research Blog Series. Project Name: Measuring the ‘value’ of UK games tax relief Investigator: Dr Tom Phillips, University of East Anglia Through a review of existing academic literature, policy documents, and comment from the games industry, this research explored how the value of the British video games industry – in cultural, political, and economic terms – was articulated by stakeholders in the wake of new tax relief initiatives being introduced. After a number of years of lobbying from stakeholders, games tax relief was launched in 2014 following similarly successful schemes in the UK for other creative industries. … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Live media events across mobile platforms and devices

Continuing the Business Models theme of our Research Blog Series, Inge Sørensen  presents her work on ‘Social TV’ Project Name: Live media events across mobile platforms and devices: a case study of the ‘BBC Live’ content delivery system Investigator: Dr Inge Ejbye Sørensen, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow. What did your research aim to do? The work package explored social media and online interactions around live media events, broadcast by Public Service Media providers in the UK. It focused on the BBC’s ‘BBC Live’ system, and its central role in promoting BBC’s programmes and content across platforms and social networks, as well as generating and orchestrating connected viewing experiences around live events across devices (mobile/tablet/PC and TV). ‘BBC Live’ … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Managing Intellectual Property Assets for Creative SMEs

As part of the CREATe Research Blog Series, Mindy Grewar reports on research at the University of St Andrews into the management of IP by creative businesses . Project: Managing Intellectual Property Assets for Creative SMEs (Part 1 & Part 2 below) Investigators: Professor (now Emeritus) Barbara Townley, Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Henning Berthold, Dr. Shiona Chillas, Dr. Nicola Searle, Knowledge Transfer Associate Eilidh Young and PhD student Melinda Grewar. This project at the University of St Andrews’ Institute for Capitalising on Creativity focused on improving understanding – for practitioners and academics – of how companies in the cultural and creative sector define and manage their Intellectual Property (IP). As part of the project we conducted extensive interviews with creative organisations … Continue reading

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