In this post, CREATe Researcher Bartolomeo Meletti shares details about recent improvements to CopyrightUser.org.
“People in this country have had enough of experts,” declared UK minister Michael Gove earlier this month.
The Leave campaigner was speaking during the EU referendum campaign, dismissing warnings from economists and international organisations about the likely impact of a vote for Brexit. “I’m not asking the public to trust me. I’m asking them to trust themselves,” he added.
IP professionals may have their own view about the sagacity of Gove’s preference for trust in instinct over expertise. But away from the headlines in Westminster and Brussels, IP professionals may be heartened by the growing use of evidence and expertise to shape policy in intellectual property.
In the area of copyright, much of that is thanks to work being done by researchers at CREATe, a multidisciplinary UK Research Councils project to investigate the role of copyright law in digital change and the creative economy. They are working on a range of themes, from emerging business models, the role of intermediaries and platforms, user creation and behaviour, and copyright regulation and enforcement. Continue reading
International Society of the History and Theory of Intellectual Property, 8 th Annual Workshop, 6-8 July, Final Programme Now Available
In July 2016, CREATe, Glasgow will host the Annual Workshop of the International Society of the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP). As attendees of our Copyright History Symposium will know, Scotland was the home of booksellers such as Alexander Donaldson who sought to resist the monopolistic practices of their established London-based rivals, in the so-called Battle of the Booksellers of the eighteenth century. The patriotic Scottish booksellers, newcomers to the trade, sold cheap reprints of books sold by the London booksellers, including those in which statutory copyright, under the Statute of Anne 1710, had expired. The London booksellers responded with a series of lawsuits culminating in Donaldson v. Becket (1774), relying inter alia on copyright at common law, against which the Scots resisted. As Donaldson expressed in petitioning the House of Commons in 1774: ‘your petitioner has had to struggle with the united force of almost all the eminent booksellers of London and Westminster… above one hundred of the most opulent booksellers… have in their turn, been plaintiffs against your petitioner’. The resulting cases and more general debate about the nature of literary property are today remembered as a historic occasion on which the nature of copyright, as well as the more general notion of property in intangibles, was fully debated. Taking the theme of ‘resistance’ as its starting point, we intend the 8th Annual Workshop to be a further occasion for the full debate of the theory and history of intellectual property! The final programme is now available, and can be found here: http://www.ishtip.org/?p=758
CREATe has published an Opinion by the European Copyright Society, addressing the proposal to introduce a neighbouring right for publishers. The European Commission’s public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain: A response by the European Copyright Society is now available in the CREATe Working Paper series.
Photos from CREATe Festival held on 24 June at the RSA House in London.[More materials (presentations, videos, a storify, link to delegate feedback, etc.) all added under CREATe Festival Delegate Impressions.]
CREATe are delighted to announce the publication of a new working paper by Christian Geib, PhD Candidate Humanities & Social Sciences, Law School, University of Strathclyde which explores copyright, database law and text mining in the European context. Continue reading
CREATe is delighted to announce a new working paper authored by Emily Laidlaw, University of Calgary and Daithí Mac Síthigh, Newcastle University. The working paper provides guidelines for copyright owners and intermediaries for respecting the right to freedom of expression as it relates to copyrighted works. Continue reading
On Friday 24 June 2016, to mark the host of the CREATe Festival at RSA House, London, the Royal Society of Arts will be launching a new App, on a trial basis, providing an overview of the history of the Royal Society of Arts and its activities. The App, which will be available for free download by all Festival attendees, includes a section written by Dr Elena Cooper (CREATe, Glasgow University) illustrating the RSA’s important campaign to secure the first copyright legislation protecting painting, drawing and photographs: the Fine Arts Copyright Act 1862. Drawing on Dr Cooper’s extensive research into artistic copyright history to be published in her forthcoming book Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image, (Cambridge University Press, 2017), the App will provide visitors to the Festival with access to examples of the rich historical material which survives in the RSA’s archives. Details of how to download the App will be available at the entrance to RSA House, on the day of the Festival. A commentary on the App will also comprise part of Dr Cooper’s talk at the Festival: Copyright and Art Forgery: The Painting that Challenged the Law (Romney Room, 1110 to 1130, and repeated 1130 to 1150).
The career-building strategies of individual creators: A meta-analysis of qualitative research funded by CREATe
CREATe is delighted to announce the release of a new working paper authored by Ealasaid Munro, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow. The working paper outlines the findings of the Voices of CREATe project which aimed to provide a comprehensive picture of CREATe’s research into the activities of individual creators. A dedicated panel session will explore these findings at the CREATe Festival later this week. More details have been provided by Ealasaid in her post. Continue reading