Enabling Open Science through Open Access #cipss17

Dr. Thomas Margoni and Dr. Giulia Dore report on their ESRC IAA-funded public event, “Enabling Open Science through Open Access Licences” during CREATe’s IP Summer Summit.

CREATe’s first IP Summer Summit (CIPSS’17) gave the unique opportunity to meet and discuss Open Science with speakers with different expertise, including academic, practitioners, governmental and non-governmental bodies and civil society, from all over the world.

On 28th June, a public event titled Enabling Open Science through Open Access Licences, chaired by Dr. Thomas Margoni, illustrated the results of a recent ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant (no. ES/M500471/1). The session, articulated in four main parts, introduced the audience to the complex issue of Open Access licensing and Open Science best practices and presented the results of the IAA project, namely an Open Science fact -sheet and an Open Access FAQ. Continue reading

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Design Council’s ‘Spark’ opens for 2017 applications.

Spark, UK’s leading UK product innovation support programme and fund from the Design Council, launches tomorrow (12 Sep 2017) for applications.

Now in its fourth year, Spark provides design expertise to help shape business opportunities and develop product innovations through an intensive 16-week process, which gives access to specialists across business, IP, investment, and marketing; funding of £15,000 to develop the product, and the opportunity to pitch for a share of up to £200,000 further funding to fast-track the product to market. The programme offers a unique opportunity to connect with design industry experts to gain valuable knowledge and insights into all aspects of design, including product development, branding, manufacturing, marketing and business planning.

For more details and to submit an application, see http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/spark

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Reflections on CREATe’s first MOOC

Dr Sukhpreet Singh (Director of the MSc/LLM @CREATe) and Kerry Patterson (CREATe Community Manager) reflect on the initial run of CREATe’s MOOC.

CREATe ran its first MOOC (massive open online course) this summer: ‘Music Copyright: Understanding UK Copyright Law When Working with Music.’ Introducing learners to key aspects of UK music copyright law, it was developed by CREATe academics, Dr Sukhpreet Singh, Dr Kris Erickson and Bartolomeo Meletti and ran from for 2 weeks from 10th to 26th July. The first run of the free course was aimed at musicians and current or aspiring music industry professionals. It covered key aspects of copyright law important to creators, producers, marketers and distributors of music. The course was also designed to be useful to anyone working in other creative industries that use music, such as advertising, film, television and digital media.

Contents of the MOOC were developed to help learners to answer basic copyright questions such as: what is protected by copyright and what is not? In what circumstances can creators reuse copyrighted material without permission or payment? How do collecting societies work? And how can musical creators earn money through licensing deals, self publishing or giving music away? The content included real-life musicians sharing their experiences throughout the course, offering advice on dealing with copyright, being copied by other artists and avoiding accidentally falling into a copy trap. Continue reading

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Thinking about Open Culture and Copyright: The CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017

Tibbie McIntyre reflects on open culture and on her experience of CREATe’s IP Sumnmer Summit, #cipss17. This post first appeared on the 1709 blog.

The CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017 took place from Monday 26 – Friday 30 June. In this inaugural year, the theme of the Summit was ‘Open Science and Open Culture’. A range of speakers from around the globe presented on an array of Open Innovation issues, with attendees travelling from the National Law University in Delhi, IP Australia, the American University and the University of Trento in Italy. Organised by Dr Sukhpreet Singh – Senior Lecturer and CREATe Programme Leader – the Summit explored the benefits of developing openness within our culture, particularly within the global south. Dr Singh is an expert on market based approaches to IP protection and exploitation, and this shone through in the interdisciplinary reach of the Summit, with speakers from industry, government and academia in attendance.


The granting of property rights in intellectual creations is intended to facilitate scientific and creative progress. The archetypal expression of this approach is probably to be found in Article I, § 8.01.8 of the U.S. Constitution:

Congress is empowered “to promote the progress of science and the useful arts, by securing, for limited times, to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”

The rationale behind intellectual property protection is that our society benefits if authors and inventors can generate profit from their work. If authors and inventors were not able to generate profit from their endeavours, why would they go to the trouble and expense to innovate at all? Continue reading

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Report on the CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017 #cipss17

Kat Eleanor Wilson reports on CREATe’s first summer summit, which explored the theme of  ‘Open Science and Open Culture’ with a focus on development in the Global South.  This post was originally published on IPKat.

Attendees working on a diligent search exercise set by the UK IPO’s Margaret Haig

I was lucky enough to attend CREATe’s inaugural Summer Summit  from 26 – 30 June, which was jointly organised with National Law University (NLU) Delhi by Dr Sukhpreet Singh (CREATe, University of Glasgow). The theme of the summit was ‘Open Science, Open Culture & the Global South’, and openness was discussed from every possible interpretation – from open access to open exceptions, from open policy making to open education. This post contains just some edited highlights of an intensive week.

The week kicked off with a keynote from Dr Peter Jaszi, (American University Washington) who argued that what is sometimes seen as “gaps” in copyright law are part of its fabric and design. Apart from describing copyright as a luxurious piece of lace, he raised some serious concerns about the constrictiveness of closed-list exceptions against the impetus for openness. It quickly became clear that, while it means different things to different people, “openness” is much more than a buzzword. Openness is, it seems, a very broad church which includes the concept of “free as in beer” and “free as in speech”, and embraces openness to access, remix, re-use, and often more.

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Exploring Copy Ethics with CopyrightUser.org

On 13th July 2017, I presented some of the short films produced for CopyrightUser.org at the international conference Copy Ethics: Theory and Practice, held at ZiF – the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University. The conference was part of the project ‘The Ethics of Copying’, led by Reinold Schmücker (Westf. Wilhelms-Universität, Münster), Thomas Dreier (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe), Pavel Zahrádka (Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, Olomouc) and Eberhard Ortland (Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld).

Bartolomeo Meletti presents Copyrightuser.org at Copy Ethics

The research group is a collaboration between legal scholars, philosophers and scholars from art history, art sciences, book studies, comparative literature, German literature, media studies, popular music and sociology. Its overarching aim is to develop proposals balancing the interests of those affected by copying practices, which might influence future legislation and facilitate the formation of inter-subjective moral standards for distinguishing between legitimate and illegitimate forms of copying. Continue reading

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‘No Copyright, No Problem?’ at the Edinburgh Festival

Will there be a show on artists and copyright at the largest arts festival in the world? Yes!

Dr Smita Kheria (University of Edinburgh) is taking the research findings from her CREATe project on ‘Individual Creators’ to Edinburgh Fringe 2017. The show is inspired by her fieldwork conducted at the Edinburgh Festivals, including the Fringe, in 2014 and 2015. Provocatively titled ‘No copyright, No Problem?’ the show is a part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.

Smita will be drawing on extensive empirical research on the perspectives and practices of individual creative practitioners (writers, illustrators, and visual artists) to ask whether copyright matters or could we live without it. She asks; Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? What would happen if there was no copyright? Without it, who benefits and who loses out? Is copyright just for corporations? Or does copyright also serve the interests of individual creators more effectively than we might think?

Edinburgh during the Festival (Image by byronv2 CC BY-NC 2.0)

Date: 16 August 2017
Time: 13:50 – 14:50
Location: Lower Hall, New Town Theatre,

Tickets: Now available here (£8/£6, no booking fee)

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with CREATe

Are you interested in exploring copyright’s next frontier? Do you want to do that while working at CREATe? Apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with CREATe as a host institution!

Julia Reda MEP speaking to CREATe researchers and industry guests at the CREATe Festival 2016

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are set of EU funding initiatives supporting research, training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field – a “bottom-up” approach. Endowing researchers with new skills and a wider range of competencies, while offering them attractive working conditions, is a crucial aspect of the MSCA. In addition to fostering mobility between countries, the MSCA also seek to break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors, especially business. Several MSCA initiatives promote the involvement of industry and NGOs  in doctoral and post-doctoral research: for more details see here. Continue reading

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The Copyright Cortex: Launch Event

Victoria Stobo reports on the launch of the Copyright Cortex, at the British Library:

The Copyright Cortex is the brainchild of Professor Ronan Deazley of Queen’s University Belfast and CREATe postgraduate researchers Victoria Stobo and Andrea Wallace.

An online resource dedicated to copyright and digital cultural heritage, it was developed to provide libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions with information and expert commentary on how copyright law affects the creation and management of digital cultural heritage.

The website has two features: firstly, it’s a catalogue. It brings together a wide range of material relating to copyright and digital cultural heritage: scholarly publications, practical guidance, policy documentation, and real world case studies. Secondly, it includes an open access text for cultural heritage practitioners: Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage (or Copyright 101). The book is free to read online, and free to download. It presents a comprehensive introduction to copyright law for memory institutions, focusing specifically on how copyright impacts access to and use of digital cultural heritage materials within and across national borders.

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within Music Media in National and Global Markets

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is available at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, Norway to work as part of the project Music on Demand: Economy and Copyright in a Digitised Cultural Sector (MUSEC) with CREATe Fellow Ruth Towse, Professor of Economics of Creative Industries and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management at Bournemouth University. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s KULMEDIA programme.

The overall aim of the project is to provide new insight into how music is distributed and paid for in the digital era. The project entails examinations of the economic interactions among different parties in the music sector and the ways in which copyright law protects those involved. The research project will offer novel contributions of knowledge to academic research on cultural production, to those working in the music sector, as well as to the public policymakers responsible for it.

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