31st conference of the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA)

9LcqJocY Post by Laurence Diver, CREATe Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde, summarising the main points of this conference.


bileta (1)From 10-12 April I attended the 31st conference of the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association, more commonly known as BILETA, held in the fresh and modern Hatfield campus of the University of Hertfordshire. It was my first experience at BILETA, and indeed my first experience of a law conference altogether. I’d heard a lot about BILETA since returning to the IT law fold a few years ago, and it didn’t disappoint. Apart from putting faces to some names I’ve been reading, citing and getting excited about for years now, the conference featured a few unusual events that demonstrated what a vibrant and cutting-edge field of scholarship this is.

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New CREATe Working Paper: What is the Point of Copyright History?

In March 2015, CREATe hosted a two-day event about copyright history, which included a Symposium entitled What is the Point of Copyright History? The point of departure was the publication of Copyright at Common Law in 1774 by Prof. Tomas Gómez-Arostegui in 2014, in the Connecticut Law Review and as a CREATe Working Paper. A further CREATe Working Paper, edited by the event’s organisers, Dr. Elena Cooper and Prof. Ronan Deazley, has just been published. This provides a lasting record of the Symposium discussions, including an editorial introduction, written comments by the Symposium panellists (Prof. Howard Abrams, Prof. Oren Bracha, Prof. Lionel Bently, Prof. Mark Rose and Prof. Charlotte Waelde) and Prof. Gómez-Arostegui, as well as an edited transcript of the Symposium debate. The Working Paper is available for download at the following webpage, which also provides more information about the event.

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Essay competition: “How will artificial intelligence change the practice of intellectual property law”

CREATe, together with TrademarkNow and SCRIPTed, invite contributions for an essay competition:

“How will Artificial Intelligence change the practice of Intellectual Property law”

For the last four years, CREATe has organized the AIIP workshop series on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property. During AIIP IV in Braga, the decision was taken to mark the end of the CREATe grant with an open essay competition on the underlying theme of the workshop series: “How will Artificial Intelligence change the practice of Intellectual Property law”. TrademarkNow, providing AI support for Trademark law since 2012, kindly agreed to sponsor the essay prize, and SCRIPTed, the peer-reviewed, student edited open access journal Journal of Law, Technology & Society at the University of Edinburgh, will publish the shortlisted papers.

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CREATe Litigation Research: a Knowledge Exchange Workshop

CREATe Litigation Research: a Knowledge Exchange Workshop
13/14 April 2016, Queen Mary University of London

This workshop covers research on litigation of intellectual property rights in the UK. The main focus is on litigation of copyright and patent related cases. Presenters are associated with the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) and an ongoing Knowledge Exchange project Assessing the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. 

 The workshop will consist of a mix of presentations and discussions of recent research on copyright and patent litigation as well as ongoing work to create a database of copyright litigation cases and a Wiki summarising copyright related evidence, both of which will be hosted on CREATe’s internet platform.


Download details of this workshop, including the full programme and venue information (PDF format, 552 KB).


On April 13th we will get together with the British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) to launch a CREATe study recently published in the Modern Law Review: “Is There a EU Copyright Jurisprudence? An Empirical Analysis of the Workings of the European Court of Justice” (details below).

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Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop

Theo Koutmeridis (CREATe Research Fellow in Economics) co-organised the first Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop, as part of the activities of the Glasgow University Research Network Behaviour, Structure and Interventions (BSI). Four CREATe researchers presented their work and interacted with a group of scholars from various disciplines from economics, law, finance and politics to computing, physics, health and medicine.

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Openness, IP & Innovation Workshop: Event Summary and Presentations

bounday_firm_buttonOn 16th March we welcomed visiting scholars Stefan Haefliger (Cass Business School, London), Natacha Estèves (Sciences Po, Paris) and Rufus Pollock (Open Knowledge) to share their insights and recent work on the theme of openness, innovation and IP. The half-day workshop prompted vigorous discussion between the guests and participants about this emerging area of interdisciplinary research. Below, I have summarised the presentations given by the speakers and provided links to access presentation materials for those who were unable to attend on the day.

In my introduction to the event, I highlighted what I think are three disciplinary attempts to engage with the link between openness and innovation. The first of these comes from science and technology studies (STS) and in particular, accounts of the effects of digital communication technologies on organisations. A good example of this type of work is an influential paper by Burgelman et al in 2010 which draws attention to the effects of networked communication on the production of scientific knowledge. The implications of openness enabled by digital communication technology are still emerging in domains such as open academic publishing and library science, both of which have intellectual property dimensions.

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CREATe Studio: Spring/Summer Lecture Series

CREATe Studiostudio-speakers is delighted to announce an exciting series of Intellectual Property lectures for Spring/Summer 2016. In April, we welcome Dr Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, an anthropologist from the University of Oxford, who will speak about her ethnographic field-work, reflecting on the impact of the criminalisation of copyright infringement on street-traders in Brazil. Then, in May, Dr Yahong Li, of the University of Hong Kong, will present her research commissioned by the Hong Kong Government about user generated content and fair use, situating it within broader social and cultural changes and the relation between Hong Kong and Mainland China. Finally, in July, Prof. Barton Beebe of New York University, will reflect on the complex position of ‘aesthetic progress’ in the IP clause of the US Constitution. For further details of each of these talks, please see below. Any questions about these events should be addressed to Dr. Elena Cooper, CREATe, Glasgow (elena.cooper@glasgow.ac.uk).

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Ready to use your free Spotify UK account in France?

If you have a free Spotify account in the UK, you cannot use it in France for more than 14 days. If you have a premium account from UK, you can listen only to that music which has been licensed in the UK, even if you are physically in France. This results from the way music rights are licensed or sold as per territories. In an attempt to shake up the copyright regime in Europe and to allow Europeans to access their online services wherever they go, the EU is now reforming the system by which music rights are licensed. It is doing so by bringing competition to the business of collective rights management through the EU’s Directive on CMOs (Collective Management Organizations) due to be implemented in April 2016. It requires CMOs to compete with each other for members (the right holders they represent) and to become transparent in the way they operate.

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Some Challenges of ‘Keeping Personal Data Personal’

priceDominic Price, Horizon Digital Economy Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham describes some of the difficulties faced by his team in their attempts to develop systems that empower users to control their own data.


One of the key themes in Horizon, since it started 5+ years ago, has been ‘keeping personal data personal’. What we’ve tended to mean by this is that an individual should retain all the rights to the digital data that they produce (social media content, data from smart meters in the home, data from activity loggers, and so on) and that the individual should be the ultimate gatekeeper of access to that data. This simple idea is a reversal of the way that most current service providers implement their systems, the usual method is that user data is uploaded to the service providers servers and the service provider then maintains and controls access to that data.

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CREATe Visiting Speaker Events, 15th – 16th March 2016

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Continuing the tradition of hosting visiting academic speakers in March, this year CREATe will host a suite of events around the theme of ‘Openness, IP and Innovation’. From the 15th to the 16th March 2016 we will welcome visiting scholars Stefan Haefliger (Cass Business School, London), Natacha Estèves (Sciences Po, Paris) and Rufus Pollock (Open Knowledge) to share their insights and recent work on the research theme. Colleagues and students from other disciplines are warmly invited to take part in the discussions, which promise to be stimulating. This resource page provides details on the events, the speakers, as well as how to book spaces. For general enquiries please contact Dr. Kris Erickson (LKAS Fellow, School of Law).

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