We are pleased to announce the release of CREATe’s latest Working Paper, the twenty-eighth release in the series. Monkeying Around with Copyright – Animals, AIs and Authorship in Law by David Komuves, Jesus Niebla Zatarain, Burkhard Schafer and Laurence Diver considers how advances in artificial intelligence have changed the ways in which computers create “original” work. It reflects on how analogies that may have worked sufficiently well in the past, when the technology had few if any commercially viable applications, are now reaching the limit of their usefulness. It presents a radical thought experiment in relation to computer generated art, challenging the legal responses to computer generated works and discussing their similarity to works by animals.
The paper was originally presented at the Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion (IRIS), held in Salzburg between the 26th and 28th February. There it had the distinction of winning third place in the LexisNexis best paper award. For CREATe, and co-author Professor Burkhard Schafer, this offers a pleasing symmetry. Schafer’s first CREATe Working Paper, “CCTV sniffing”: Copyright and Data Protection Implications, is a modified version of a paper that won the same award when the conference was held in 2013. On that occasion Schafer’s co-authors were fellow CREATe investigators Smita Kheria, Daithi Mac Sithigh and Judith Rauhofer. Fast forward two years and his prize winning co-authors are a CREATe research assistant and two CREATe PhD students, a fact that demonstrates the success of CREATe’s capacity building efforts. A suitably delighted Schafer said “for a group of researchers this young to get nominated for this prestigious award is testimony of the quality of our postgraduate students and the excellent support they get in Edinburgh to make the transition to academic careers”.
On Tuesday 10 March, visiting scholar Christopher Buccafusco (IIT Chicago-Kent) delivered a public lecture as part of CREATe’s March line-up of events. His highly stimulating and compelling presentation took place in the suitably arranged Humanities Lecture Theatre at the University of Glasgow. The audience included colleagues from across law, business, management, economics, art history, as well as IP students from the Law School’s LLM programme.
CREATe is co-supporting an interactive workshop organized by the Digital Catapult that aims to generate points of discussion and provide reliable guidance about the rules governing the production, exploitation and consumption of music in the digital age. It will also be an opportunity for the organisers to better understand what songwriters and composers specifically need to know about copyright.
Understanding UK Copyright Law: An Interactive Workshop for Music Writers and Composers/ London / March 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
To book a space and for the most up to date information, please visit the Digital Catapult workshop link.
In March 2015, CREATe is organizing a suite of events ranging from seminars on creativity, innovation, creative industry business models to copyright history. This resource page provides details on the events, the speakers, as well as, how to book spaces. For general enquiries, email us.
Download the events poster (pdf).
CREATe’s project ‘Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks‘, was exclusively featured in The Sunday Herald on Sunday 15th February. In a full page article, journalist Judith Duffy explores some of the challenges and aims of the project, with quotes from the project officer Kerry Patterson and Prof. Martin Kretschmer, one of the joint investigators of the project.
Click on the image on the right to read on the Herald Scotland website.
The project was also reported in The Times on Monday 16th February, using quotes from the Sunday Herald article. The Times article focuses on making the scrapbooks available for the first time. However, it does not acknowledge that a key aim of the project is evidence-based engagement with EU and UK copyright law, specifically aspects of the orphan works legislation and diligent search requirements.
Click on the image on the left to read on The Times website.
Post by CREATe researchers Piers Fleming (University of East Anglia) and Daniel John Zizzo (Newcastle University) based on a presentation at a CREATe capacity building event hosted by the Centre for Competition Policy & University of East Anglia, Norwich
The simple answer to the question of why people may engage in unlawful downloading is that it is free. Undoubtedly there may be legal risks involved but the evidence as emerging from our previous scoping review (Watson, Zizzo & Fleming, 2014) is sufficiently unclear, that the choice to engage in unlawful downloading is not as straightforward as it may seem. This is because the existing evidence base is patchy and is particularly problematic in determining causality.
A new suite of online learning materials has been launched today to help students and the general public understand how copyright law works.
The resource aims to help A-Level media students in the UK study for their exams while educating the wider public about what can and cannot be done with copyright works.
In October 2014, former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, MP Mike Weatherly issued a report strongly urging government to find innovative ways ‘to prepare pupils […] for the 21st century knowledge economy’.[i]
A team of legal researchers from the University of Glasgow CREATe Centre and the University of Bournemouth Centre for Intellectual Property and Policy Management (CIPPM) and Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) have united to answer Weatherly’s call, while broadening the meaning of ‘copyright education’ to include uptake and re-use of artistic works. The resource is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
We are pleased to announced the release of CREATe’s first Working Paper of 2015, the twenty-seventh in the series to date. Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain by Kristofer Erickson, Paul Heald, Fabian Homberg, Martin Kretschmer and Dinusha Mendis documents the results of a year-long knowledge exchange initiative undertaken between the Intellectual Property Office, researchers at the University of Glasgow CREATe Centre, and more than two dozen UK businesses and innovators, to explore how value is generated from the public domain. The study was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Kerry Patterson, Project Officer for CREATe’s Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks introduces her work to explore the extent to which EU and UK copyright policy impacts the digitisation of unique and distinctive artistic collections, such as the Morgan scrapbooks, as well as the costs associated with rights clearance.
Collage from Scrapbook 12
Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks is a project led by CREATe in conjunction with Glasgow University’s Special Collections Department. Within the Archive of the poet Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) held at the University, are sixteen scrapbooks. These date from 1931 to 1966 and were used by Morgan as an outlet for his creative expression before poetry became his primary focus. Within the scrapbooks are around 3,600 pages in total, with material from a diverse range of sources; contemporary and historical newspapers, books and periodicals, photographs, stamps, advertisements, flyers, cigarette cards and other everyday items.
Professor Raymond Boyle from the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow leads CREATe’s Work Package on Copyright, Football and European Media Rights. His blog below summarises several aspects of IP and licensing within the sport media environment. A full article from the project will appear in Media, Culture and Society in April 2015.
The demise in the value of television rights for live football has been long predicted. Yet the successive rights deals in the case of the FA Premier League (FAPL) continue to disprove this. The current three year deal that ends shortly was worth £1.78billion.
In just over the twenty years since its creation the FAPL has helped launch and sustain the UK pay-Tv platform BSkyB. Forget all the talk about first run movies, its exclusive live sport, or, more accurately live English football that has helped position Sky as wealthiest broadcaster in the UK.