CREATe All Hands: Where have we been and what next?

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A lively crowd gathered at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow for the CREATe All Hands meeting.

The closing session at the CREATe All Hands event underlined two distinct areas where CREATe activities can have a major impact. First, talks by Dominic Young (Copyright Hub), Kieron O’Hara (University of Southampton) and Joe Karaganis (American Assembly, Columbia University) identified areas where cutting-edge empirical research can address pressing economic and social questions. Second, presentations by Jeanette Hofmann (Social Science Research Center, Berlin) and Philip Schlesinger (CCPR, University of Glasgow) highlighted the way in which CREATe can break new ground in terms of our relationship with society, industry and academia. Addressing both of these objectives is a heavy responsibility to bear, but at the same time these challenges represent exciting opportunities for CREATe. Are we up to the task of not only innovating new research programmes to question received wisdom and policy, but also forging new identities in the difficult space between scientific objectivity and political engagement?

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“Copyright Education and Awareness” – CREATe and CopyrightUser.org in a report by Mike Weatherley MP to the Prime Minister

Post by Bartolomeo Meletti, Lead Producer of CopyrightUser.org [a co-production between CREATe, University of Glasgow and Bournemouth University]

weatherley-createOn Friday 10 October 2014, Mike Weatherley MP stood down from his role as Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister. On the same day he published the third and final report produced in his capacity as IP adviser: Copyright Education and Awareness. Following two copyright papers called Search engines and Piracy and ‘Follow the Money’, Mike Weatherley’s latest contribution considers copyright education and awareness activities in the UK. It also offers a number of recommendations with the goal of achieving “[g]reater coherence and coordination between industry, Government, academia and all other relevant stakeholders to deliver an effective positive message about the importance of IP to all our benefits”. Several recommendations explicitly address CREATe and in particular the project CopyrightUser.org.

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CREATe Appointment to Ofcom Content Board

OfcomOfcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications, wireless communications and postal services, has announced the appointment of a non-executive member to its Content Board.

Professor Philip Schlesinger has been appointed to the Content Board to represent the interests of the people of Scotland.

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Vacancy: CREATe Data Specialist at University of Glasgow

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This vacancy has now closed

CREATe is the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (www.create.ac.uk) with a varied research portfolio, drawing upon disciplines such as law, economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies. CREATe’s approach has evidence at its core and great care is taken to expose methodological approaches and research designs to early scrutiny by academics, industry, policy makers and others users of research results.

The CREATe Data Specialist is responsible for shaping CREATe’s data-driven digital identity and ensuring its impact is maximised. The postholder will oversee the exploitation and management of datasets including those developed by CREATe and originating elsewhere, informing the role of data in the progress and presentation of core research. They will be expected to demonstrate innovation in the design of data collection methods and the development of data analysis and visualisation tools, particularly web-enabled.

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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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