CREATe celebrates #worldipday
An experimental exhibition of digital cultural heritage – Display At Your Own Risk – is launched online today (April 26) to mark World Intellectual Property Day 2016. The theme of the day, ‘Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined’, is reflected in the online exhibition organised by researchers from the University of Glasgow-based CREATe – the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. Continue reading
For more information about the hackathon, including challenge topics, rules and registration, please visit CREATe.ac.uk/hacks/
Come and have breakfast with the MSc@CREATe team!
The MSc@CREATe will host an open house over breakfast at the RSA House London from 8.30 – 9.30 am on 24 June 2016. You can come to meet the team behind CREATe’s innovative online executive ‘MSc in IP, Innovation and the Creative Economy’. There will also be a dedicated MSc@CREATe stand through the day during the CREATe Festival 2016 where you can drop in.
To join the breakfast open house, please send a request to Kirsty Davidson outlining your interest in the MSc@CREATe (spaces are limited so requests will be moderated).
Proud partners of the London Technology Week 2016.
The MSc in Intellectual Property, Innovation & the Creative Economy (MSc@CREATe) is an online executive level Masters programme intended for people working in sectors where digital rights and obligations are a key concern. Successful leadership in the digital creative economy requires linking complex legal provisions (such as copyright, trademarks, data protection and privacy) to economic analysis and strategic thinking about markets and regulation.
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The Girl with the Light Blue Hair once again finds herself in the spotlight. Many of our readers will be familiar with the short animated film: it offers a new take on the Sherlock and Watson characters as they puzzle over a case of appropriation of copyright material by the enigmatic eponymous street artist. Our readers may not be aware that the film is part of an educational initiative called The Game is On!, where learners can explore the intricacies of copyright law through a series of engaging case files.
The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair was produced by Bartolomeo Meletti and Ronan Deazley, with case file materials by Dinusha Mendis, Hayleigh Bosher, Bartolomeo Meletti and Ronan Deazley. There are now 12 ‘case files’ in total, each one exploring a different facet of copyright law related to the animated film. For example, Case File # 7 explores how the court in the Designer Guild case interpreted the boundary between idea and expression when considering whether the complainant’s floral wallpaper design was infringed. The wallpaper makes an appearance in the background of one of the scenes in the film.
CREATe Industry Fellow, Emma Barraclough, has published an article in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) magazine titled ‘the rise of China’s film industry’, in which she highlights a CREATe project focused on new models for digital film, music and e-fiction production and distribution in China.
Ten years ago, when Jeffrey Yang, a lawyer with Reed Smith, returned to his native Shanghai after almost a decade working in London, he found the streets teeming with hawkers peddling pirated DVDs. “They were on every corner. People could buy the latest blockbusters as soon as they were released. I thought it was inevitable that fake DVDs would devastate the film industry,” he says.
Fortunately for movie executives, Yang was overly pessimistic. Instead, the story of the rise of China’s film industry is something of a success story. The plot takes in a battle with pirates, a technological revolution and dedicated empire builders, weaving together three story lines that help explain how China’s film industry was saved from sellers of pirated DVDs and, along the way, took on a very different shape. Continue reading
The ‘CREATe Festival 2016’ will take place in London on 24 June. This will be a showcase of the findings of CREATe’s research programme, and a vehicle to engage with a wider community – in the CREATe spirit! The Festival will play host to a multitude of public engagement events where delegates will be able to participate in behavioural experiments, a workshop on intellectual property and fashion, an exhibition on art forgery, the award of a hackathon prize, and the launch of CREATe’s very own tartan.
CREATe web resources will be demonstrated, such as the Voices project (capturing the views of creators), copyrightuser.org, the copyright evidence wiki and a database of litigation. Policy debates and expert panels will explore the future of the creative economy, the interface of digital innovation and legal regulation, and in particular the role of copyright law. Educational initiatives will include spot offers on the MSc@CREATe online executive Masters programme, as well as information on a range of courses offered from Consortium partners.
A bespoke CREATe Festival website will be launched soon. For a preliminary programme, please scroll through the section below. Continue reading
CREATe Industry Fellow, Emma Barraclough, guest blogs on attending the CREATe Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Litigation Research held at Queen Mary University of London on 13/14 April 2016. This post first appeared on Managing IP.
Do judges at the CJEU have any prior experience of copyright law? Why do some member states file far more submissions to the Court than others, and does this kind of strategic litigation help parties win? Who sues in the small claims track in London’s IPEC and what is their chance of winning? These were some of the questions raised at a CREATe litigation workshop organized in London last week, as academics from across the UK outlined their latest research on copyright law.
Marcella Favale and Martin Kretschmer introduced their work on copyright jurisprudence at the Court of Justice of the EU, recently published in the Modern Law Review. They, along with Paul Torremans, have studied data on copyright and database cases brought before the CJEU, including analysing the allocation of cases to chambers within the courts, the composition of those chambers, and the judgments themselves.
One judge, Jiří Malenovský, has served as rapporteur on 24 out of the 40 copyright cases the researchers studied.
They concluded that no judge had any specialism in copyright law before joining the Court, instead learning “on the job”. To compensate for a lack of prior expertise, the Court appears to allocate copyright cases to particular chambers and judges. One judge, Jiří Malenovský, has served as rapporteur on 24 out of the 40 copyright cases the researchers studied. Malenovský is less likely than other judges at the Court to broaden the rights of copyright owners because he is more likely to interpret copyright narrowly and copyright law exceptions broadly. Continue reading
Dr Nicola Searle, Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London, and avid IP blogger, attended the CREATe Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Litigation Research held at Queen Mary University of London on 13/14 April 2016. Her post, which first appeared on IPKat (and reposted here via the CC license), summarizes the academic studies presented on patents.
Is patent applicant behaviour rational? What do validation rates in EPO patents tell us? These and more questions were subject to economic scrutiny at this morning’s CREATe and Queen Mary hosted workshop. Fuelled by pain-au-chocolate, your economist friend enjoyed chilling with economic enthusiasts to discuss new developments in patent research and methodology.
First up was a team of researchers at Newcastle University using behavioural economics to analyse the decision making process of patent applicants. Dr. Sven Fischer suggests that applicants may suffer from both an optimism bias and an overconfidence bias. That is, patent applicants think they’re less likely to suffer an negative outcome than they are, and overestimate their abilities. In a laboratory setting, Sven and colleagues are exploring this by creating a decision-making experiment.
Post by Laurence Diver, CREATe Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde, summarising the main points of this conference.
From 10-12 April I attended the 31st conference of the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association, more commonly known as BILETA, held in the fresh and modern Hatfield campus of the University of Hertfordshire. It was my first experience at BILETA, and indeed my first experience of a law conference altogether. I’d heard a lot about BILETA since returning to the IT law fold a few years ago, and it didn’t disappoint. Apart from putting faces to some names I’ve been reading, citing and getting excited about for years now, the conference featured a few unusual events that demonstrated what a vibrant and cutting-edge field of scholarship this is.
In March 2015, CREATe hosted a two-day event about copyright history, which included a Symposium entitled What is the Point of Copyright History? The point of departure was the publication of Copyright at Common Law in 1774 by Prof. Tomas Gómez-Arostegui in 2014, in the Connecticut Law Review and as a CREATe Working Paper. A further CREATe Working Paper, edited by the event’s organisers, Dr. Elena Cooper and Prof. Ronan Deazley, has just been published. This provides a lasting record of the Symposium discussions, including an editorial introduction, written comments by the Symposium panellists (Prof. Howard Abrams, Prof. Oren Bracha, Prof. Lionel Bently, Prof. Mark Rose and Prof. Charlotte Waelde) and Prof. Gómez-Arostegui, as well as an edited transcript of the Symposium debate. The Working Paper is available for download at the following webpage, which also provides more information about the event.