CREATe organized two events on Friday 20th January 2017 to launch the Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks Project: a free training event about digitising photographs and the launch of the web resource.
Professor Lilian Edwards, CREATe Deputy Director, University of Strathclyde will be providing a seminar at City University of London on Friday, February 3rd.
Abstract: The digital copyright and piracy wars, which began with Napster and continue today into the age of streaming, Spotify and Netflix, have engaged in broadly three strategies to defend existing content industries, which can be described as punish, prevent, and provide alternative business models. Both anecdotal experience in the legal system and empirical research carried out by CREATe and others point to the failure and partial abandonment of the punishment strategy, especially in its legislative “graduate response” form. By contrast, prevention, in its latest forms of site blocking and geoblocking, is rising in popularity, at least in the UK which has recently been described as the world leader in web blocking. While it may be argued that prevention tactics are unnecessary given the rise of legal streaming, have unfortunate side consequences and may even impede a more profitable long term shift to alternative business models, it is hard to prove this using empirical evidence, as seen in recent UK court cases. This paper asks what evidence would be convincing here and if empirical evidence, rather than normative claims, can ever successfully inform the copyright wars.
The European Copyright Society has published a consolidated Opinion on the EU Copyright Reform Package, currently making its way through the Committees of the European Parliament.
The Opinion welcomes the broad policy objectives of the proposals but severely criticises the fragmented approach. The proposals do not achieve harmonisation, author and consumer interests are overlooked, private ordering may trump flexibilities, and the evidence base for the most serious interventions (Art. 11 Neighbouring right for publishers; Art. 13 Platform liability) is poor.
Professor Ruth Towse (Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University, and CREATe Fellow in Cultural Economics) has just published a new paper in the Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues. [read on SSRN]
As part of the CREATe sister project ‘Economic Survival in a Long Established Creative Industry: Strategies, Business Models and Copyright in Music Publishing’ financed by AHRC (AH/L004666/1) at Bournemouth University, I researched a curious source of information on the music publishing industry in the UK, namely the copyright auctions that were held between 1864 and 1906 by Puttick and Simpson, an auction house specialising in musical items. These items included the engraved plates of popular songs (the so-called ‘royalty ballads) that were auctioned publicly and were traded between music publishers.
On Wednesday the 26th of October at the Humanities Lecture Theatre of the University of Glasgow, Gwen Franck and Timothy Vollmer, respectively Manager of Public Policy and European Regional Coordinator of Creative Commons, delivered a public lecture on the spirit and purposes of Creative Commons. A summary of the event and the event slides are now available. Continue reading
OpenMinTeD (Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data) is a H2020 project that aims to make it easier for researchers to integrate the use of mined data into their daily workflows. The project will develop a registry of TDM services and tools to better equip researchers to discover, combine, and use mined data. Thomas Margoni delivered a webinar on November 23rd that reported on OpenMinTeD project activity relating to Text and Data Mining interoperability at the legal level. The slides and video of the event are now available. Giulia Dore describes the OpenMinTeD project in more detail below.
As previously reported, CREATe, Glasgow was proud to host the 8th Annual Workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property in July 2016. We are pleased to announce that the Call for Papers for the next Annual Workshop – to be held at the University of Toronto, Canada, 12-14 July 2017 – is now open. Exploring the theme of ‘IP as Circulation and Control’, the Workshop invites proposals for papers from both established and junior scholars, from all countries and disciplines, exploring this theme from historical and/or theoretical perspectives. The Call for Papers is available for download here:
More about ISHTIP (including the 2016 Workshop hosted by CREATe) can be found here:
PhD Scholarship in legal aspects of data and digital innovation at School of Law, University of Glasgow, in collaboration with international law firm CMS and CREATe, the RCUK copyright centre
Applications are invited for a PhD Scholarship being offered by the School of Law, University of Glasgow, in collaboration with international law firm CMS. The PhD project will involve a unique collaboration between the technology, media and communications practice of CMS (led by Chris Watson), and the RCUK CREATe Centre, investigating copyright and digital innovation (led by Prof. Martin Kretschmer) who will jointly supervise.
The PhD project will be shaped in discussion with the successful candidate, and seeks to establish thought leadership in a cutting edge area relating to digital technology, competition and innovation. We are particularly interested in emerging technologies and structures that may be linked to a new understanding of data as a source of market power. However, other topics could also be considered, for example relating to the Internet of Things, cloud computing, patent and trade mark behaviour (e.g. in the smartphone market), liability of intermediaries, distributed ledger technology, user-led innovation or platform competition. Continue reading
“Press Publisher Rights in the New Copyright in the Digital Single Market Draft Directive” resources now available
As part of CREATE’s Public Lecture Series in autumn 2016, Professor Raquel Xalabarder, Chair of Intellectual Property, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) discussed the press publisher rights in the proposed Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. This lecture took place on Wednesday, November 2nd at the University of Glasgow.
A video recording of this lecture along with Professor Xalabarder’s slides and a CREATe Working Paper are now available from our event resource page.
CREATe are delighted to announce an additional research presentation this term. Sheona Burrow (PhD candidate, CREATe) and Dr Elena Cooper (Research Fellow, CREATe) will present a joint paper about the enforcement of copyright in photographs, today and historically, and what this means about the nature of copyright (remuneration and/or control) and the changing relation through time of copyright law and the bureaucratisation of copyright exploitation. A full abstract is provided below.
The talk takes place at 2.30pm-3.20pm on 7th December 2016 in the CREATe Hub, Level 4, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Those intending to attend should contact Dr Elena Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the draft paper.
The talk complements the existing CREATe PhD Developmental Workshop scheduled for 4pm-6pm on 7th December, also in the CREATe Hub.
Photographic Copyright and the IP Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective: Remuneration, Control and the Bureaucratisation of Copyright Law
Abstract: A central aspect of intellectual property protection is the rights-owner’s right to authorise or prohibit infringing uses of the protected subject matter. The right to authorise or prohibit is central to the status of intellectual property as property: it provides the rights-owner with control over infringing uses, as opposed to the mere right to be remunerated for those uses. This article challenges the primacy of the assumption that intellectual property concerns control in all cases through an in-depth case study analysing of the enforcement of copyright in photographs both today and historically.