CREATe Internet Policy Review piece explores the circumstances and implications of the Aereo cloud broadcasting case

ipr-logoCREATe’s latest research article on Internet Policy Review (also the twentieth release in its Working Paper Series) is now available for download. The Aereo dilemma and copyright in the cloud focuses on Aereo, a cloud-based startup company that offers people the possibility to watch live (or nearly live) television on computing devices and smartphones. It was sued by the major US broadcasters for copyright liability, with the company eventually losing in the Supreme Court. The paper considers a dilemma facing courts in the US and EU; that a ruling to shut down Aereo, on the basis that it is unlawful under copyright law, could threaten innovation in areas such as the cloud. 

This paper is published at Internet Policy Review, where it can be freely accessed.

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CREATe Working Paper 14/09 – CREATe’s Response to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the Review of EU Copyright Rules

The nineteenth release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available for download. The European Commission’s public consultation on the review of EU copyright rules:  a response by the CREATe Centre by Martin Kretschmer, Ronan Deazley, Lilian Edwards, Kristofer Erickson, Burkhard Schafer and Daniel John Zizzo offers two primary contributions. The first is a short critique of the consultation format and the second a summary of available evidence in seven thematic areas where CREATe has developed or is developing research (term of protection, libraries and archives, disabilities, text and data mining, user-generated content, fair remuneration for authors and performers, and respect for rights).

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Protecting Identity on Social Media

socialmediaDominic Price from the University of Nottingham explains how CREATe is developing means to protect privacy and facilitate identity management on social media networks. 

Woman ‘sacked’ on Facebook for complaining about her boss after forgetting she had added him as a friend”[1], “Twitter user arrested over joke airport bomb threat [2].

Headlines such as these are becoming more commonplace, someone makes a comment on an online social network service without adequately considering to whom the comment is visible and ends up in trouble because of it.

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Transparency and the Collective Management Organisations

838288_36299521Dr Simone Schroff, CREATe/University of East Anglia explores how Collective Management Organisations are responding to pressures to offer more clarity about how they operate. 

Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) perform a key role in the commercial exploitation of music. They license its use, collect the revenues and then distribute these to the copyright owners. As a result, the CMOs link both the copyright owners and users at one of the key stages that copyright is designed to facilitate: the commercial exploitation of the work, generating the revenue that is seen as essential for future creation and innovation. In a digital era, the CMO has become an increasingly important player. And because they are typically monopolies (only in a few territories – the US, South Korea – do CMOs compete with each other), there has been a growing demand for transparency in the way they operate, including the administrative structures, licensing schemes and distribution policies.

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Public Intellectuals and Research Centres

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Philip Schlesinger, Professor in Cultural Policy, University of Glasgow and Deputy Director, CREATe

This post was originally presented as the closing paper in the final session ‘Where have we been and what next?’, of CREATe’s first All Hands Conference at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow on 16th September 2014

This evening, I’ve been asked to broach the topic of the ‘public intellectual’. While it’s the subject of much definitional wrangling, this term nevertheless signals something about how, by virtue of actions directed towards a general public, the battle for ideas and influence achieves a wide resonance.

There are at least two dimensions to this. One is the achievement of reach – expanding the range of those who can be addressed by our work.

And a second is the capacity to produce broad new thinking – to make connections between disparate themes and theories, to synthesise empirical findings, and then to fashion these into something new and compelling. To produce new narratives about the fields in which we are working.

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CREATe Investigator Prof. McAuley speaks on ‘Piracy, Pictures and Metadata’

With images copied via instant screen-grab & websites stripping metadata clean away where does it leave the creators?

CREATe Investigator Professor Derek McAuley (Horizon, University of Nottingham) talks about the need for a digital exchange in this interview.

 

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CREATe Working Paper 2014/8 asks What Do Musicians Talk About When They Talk About Copyright?

The eighteenth release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available for download. Intellectual Property Values: What Do Musicians Talk About When They Talk About Copyright? by John Street and Tom Phillips explores the attitudes of musicians for whom music is not their main source of income, specifically in terms of how they think and talk about copyright. It considers how aspiring musicians think about ‘music’, about themselves as musicians and about the relationship between copyright and wider social values.

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Trans- Inter- and Cross- Disciplinarity at the 9th EPIP Conference, Brussels

CREATe researcher Kris Erickson at the European Parliament, site of EPIP 2014

CREATe researcher Kris Erickson at the European Parliament, site of EPIP 2014

What do we mean when we speak about interdisciplinarity? For a research centre situated at the cross currents of law, technology, economics and cultural studies, the question is not trivial. This year’s conference of the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Association (to which CREATe was invited to present a session) provided an opportunity to think about how scholars operating in this space talk to one another and to a wider policy audience. The event was hosted by the European Commission and the European Parliament, and organized by Georg von Graevenitz (Queen Mary University of London, and CREATe Fellow in Innovation Economics).

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Imagination Scotland Festival session on the media

Imagination-Festival-of-Ideas-Horizontal-HeadProf. Philip Schlesinger, CREATe’s Deputy Director, set the context for debate and chaired the session on the media in Scotland at Imagination, Scotland’s First Festival of Ideas, held at Govanhill Baths in Glasgow’s Southside on 7 September. The panel included radio producer Liz Leonard, communications consultant Alex Bell and researcher and Imagination co-producer Gerry Hassan. A highly attentive audience clearly recognised that there were no simple answers for Scotland’s media future,whether in the field of public policy or how different media markets would evolve. Whether it’s devo-max or independence after 18 September, similar questions are likely to be faced.

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The Startup Manifesto

manifesto-coverWith 9 months to go until the next general election in the UK, and as the political parties are writing their own manifestos, CREATe partner Coadec has published the Startup Manifesto to influence the debate.

It has been backed by over 175 startup founders, investors and others from the community. See here for the full list of supporters.

The Startup Manifesto sets out 24 ways the next government can make the UK a world leader on digital innovation:

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