CREATe Research Fellow Dr Elena Cooper attended a briefing by Shira Perlmutter (Chief Policy Officer, USPTO) organised by the UK Intellectual Property Office. The briefing took place on 7 April, and covered, very usefully, new copyright policy initiatives by the Obama administration. Dr Cooper took notes that have now been reviewed by Ms Perlmutter, and cleared for publication.
Briefing by Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer, USPTO
delivered at Intellectual Property Office, London at 10am on 7.4.2014
Purpose of Briefing: to outline where USPTO is going with copyright policy in light of a very active year. Focus on Green Paper issued by US Department of Commerce in July 2013: Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy.
- Post by Dr. Richard Mortier, Horizon Transitional Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and Academic Curator of CREATe ‘Technology’ Capacity Building Conference June 2014.
The Industrious and the Lazy Apprentice. By Hogarth. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Next week, June 17 & 18, The University of Nottingham hosts another CREATe Capacity Building Event – focusing this time on technology, the Te in CREATe.
The aim of the event is to bring together the interdisciplinary community of CREATe to facilitate networking and result sharing from projects with a digital technology or Internet focus. Over a day and a half we have an exciting programme put together, with a range of activities including international keynotes, open call presentations, and case studies.
CREATe PhD researcher Megan Blakely has published a short piece on this spring’s ECJ decision on injunctions against internet intermediaries. She writes, “On 27 March 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) clarified that an internet service provider (ISP) is an intermediary against which copyright rights-holders can obtain an injunction, as provided by Art 8(3) of the Information Society Directive (2001/29/EC). The case, UPC Telekabel v Constantin Film & Wega (C-314/12), referred by the Supreme Court of Austria, has allowed the Austrian Supreme Court to uphold a web-blocking order issued to an internet service provider, despite its claim that it had no ‘contractual link’ with the infringing content-aggregation site, kino.to. To decide otherwise, said the ECJ, would substantially diminish the high level of protection that the Directive aimed to guarantee.”
Deputy Director of CREATe, Prof. Philip Schlesinger, has guest edited the latest issue of Audiovisual Thinking, No. 7, 2014. This edition of the highly innovative research publication, addressed ‘Facets of the creative economy’ and covers the disappearance of celluloid, machinima as creative practice, and open culture data. There are also reflections on images of terrorism and on meaning.
Post by Victoria Stobo, CREATe Postgraduate Researcher/ School of Law, University of Glasgow
As those working in the archive sector will know all too well, UK copyright in many unpublished works does not expire until 31 December 2039, with the absurd result that old material going back to the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries is still protected by copyright. This substantially reduces the online availability and international circulation of authentic, historical records documenting the events which have shaped the UK and its relationship with the world. Recent public comments by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), however, suggest that the long wait for a reduction in this term of protection may well be over.
Post by Prof. Martin Kretschmer and Prof. Daniel Zizzo, originally published on The Conversation.
Rebel without a cause? We don’t really know. Andy Armstrong, CC BY-SA
There is a disturbing lack of evidence about why people choose to share copyright content online, as well as about whether the practice harms the entertainment industry and society or if it is a benefit. That is a real problem as we try to legislate in this contentious area.
The industry wants to come down hard on piracy but a 2011 review of intellectual property warned the government not to lose sight of the main aim of copyright law, which is to incentivise creators.
Date: 11 April 2014
Venue: Stationers’ Hall London
Time: 3 – 6 pm
Click for the event Resource Page (containing access to download the full report pdf, list of industry panel respondents, press coverage, social media reactions, event photos, and, a list of registered attendees.)
Watch the videos
(Camera & Editing: Istvan Jansco, Production: Dr Sukhpreet Singh)
CREATe’s Founding Director Prof Ronan Deazley describes his attendance at the most recent meeting of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.
A large consortium of international and regional NGOs representing the cultural heritage sector attended the most recent meeting of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27). Drawn from Europe, Latin America, Australia, the United States, Canada and the UK, the consortium worked in concert to push for an international treaty to help libraries and archives deliver on their mission within a global, networked environment. I was in attendance in my capacity as Copyright Policy Adviser to the Scottish Council on Archives.
During the week-long meeting, NGO representatives spoke to a number of challenges facing the library and archive sector, both in plenary and at a bespoke lunchtime event organised by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) (for a number of the presentations given at that lunchtime event see here). The range of issues addressed included the problem of cross-border exchange and use of library and archive material, orphan and out-of-commerce works, data and text mining, and the extent to which the providers of digital content are increasingly relying on contract to override existing exceptions to copyright.
In its new form, the Internet Policy Review emphasises short form papers and is designed to facilitate the reading, citation and submission of articles by the research community. To date 32 academic papers and scholarly essays, 59 news pieces and 9 open editorials have been published beneath its banner, with its coverage encompassing issues as diverse as open hardware, copyright in the cloud and the regulatory challenges of digital currencies such as Bitcoin.