Post by Tom Phillips and John Street/ University of East Anglia CREATe
Credit: Ghost Beach / www.artistsvsartists.com
What do musicians think of copyright? Do their views depend on whether they play jazz or rock? Or whether the issue is downloading or sampling? Are their views simply a product of commercial self-interest, or do politics and aesthetics mediate them?
Polemic: how readers will discover books in future
- by Charlie Stross
In the future, readers will not go in search of books to read. Feral books will stalk readers, sneak into their ebook libraries, and leap out to ambush them. Readers will have to beat books off with a baseball bat; hold them at bay with a flaming torch: refuse to interact: and in extreme cases, feign dyslexia, blindness or locked-in syndrome to avoid being subjected to literature.
CREATe is presenting, Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th October 2013, a weekend of ‘public domain’ focused research events and seminars aimed at generating discussion on the relationship between copyright law and norms of communication. While research councils promote open access publishing strategies, journal articles have remained the typical unit of dissemination, prescribed by periodic research assessments and academic career progression. Digital innovation, if taken seriously, may open more permeable, iterative forms of scholarly and commercial communication.
CREATe’s recently organized symposium ‘Archives and Copyright: Developing an Agenda for Reform’ addressed the proposed changes to current copyright legislation, which continue to cause concern within the cultural heritage sector. The event, held in London on 27th September, examined the use of risk-management strategies by cultural heritage institutions, using the Wellcome Library’s Codebreakers project as an exemplar.
Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Director of CREATe, presented a keynote on 26th September 2013 at “Cultural Contents in the digital era” conference organized by Confrontations Europe and the Permanent Representation of France to the EU.
Prof. Kretschmer’s ‘opening debate’ responded to Pierre Lescure’s report for the French government, and reflected on the UK copyright position following the Hargreaves Review. The debate included a discussion on how to foster innovation and to preserve the diversity and richness of creation. The debate also offered an opportunity for speakers from France and Germany to provide a comparative analysis of ‘cultural content in the digital era’ from their respective countries.
A summary of the debates will be available shortly here.
Post by Mr Tom Phillips, Research Associate, University of Edinburgh CREATe (working on WP1E).
In July 2013, the Develop Conference hosted a programme of over 80 sessions, tracking the current videogame industry developments and trends. For three days, the renowned annual conference (organised by Develop Magazine, a trade publication with a circulation of 300,000) welcomed videogame professionals from around Europe to Brighton, in a programme shaped by and for some of the key figures in the industry. As part of the Copyright and Games project, and having made some initial forays into literature on the development of business models, creative platforms and payment mechanisms, Develop provided an opportunity to see exactly what the industry was talking about, and how they were discussing it with one another.
The 6th Annual Media Education Summit was held 19th and 20th September in Sheffield. As a newly-appointed research fellow with CREATe, the event provided an opportunity to observe how researchers in the media education field are engaging with IP-related questions, and to explore ways that the CREATe consortium might contribute to debates in media education.
The conference, which is organised by Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, attracts a diverse and international range of attendees including policymakers, media teachers and media studies academics.
Ofcom has today published the final findings of a year-long study into how and why internet users access music, films, TV programmes, software, books and video games online – both legally and illegally. The fourth wave of the Online Copyright Infringement Tracker shows results for the period March – May 2013.