CREATe is proud to announce the organization of a curated panel at the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, hosted by the National Law University in New Delhi from Dec 15-17, 2015. The CREATe Panel, organized by Dr Smita Kheria, will be comprised of academics from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Goldsmiths, Newcastle & Strathclyde, and will focus on business models in the creative economy, drawing upon socio-legal and empirical findings of several research projects that examine existing and emerging business models. The CREATe researchers aim to present to an international audience how the understanding of existing and new business models can contribute to the challenges faced by, and opportunities available to, creative practices and industries in a rapidly changing economic, regulatory and technological environment.
The CREATe Studio met last Thursday, 3 December 2015, to hear a research presentation from its third speaker of the term: Dr Elena Cooper, CREATe Postdoctoral Researcher in Copyright Law, History and Policy, University of Glasgow. Elena is currently completing her first monograph – Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image – that explores long forgotten perspectives on artistic copyright, dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London introduces a new project exploring capacity building for future creative industries entrepreneurs.
CREATe’s Fashion Work Package, based at Goldsmiths, where the team comprises Angela McRobbie (PI), Dr Dan Strutt, Dr Bettina Springer and Carolina Bandinelli, has recently been involved in a successful bid for additional funding. This new project is titled ERASMUS Plus: Key Action 2, Smart Entrepreneurial Skills for Creative Industries: An Inclusive Perspective: Smart Jump.
The eleventh CREATe Working Paper of 2015 is now available to download. Privacy, Security and Data Protection in Smart Cities: a Critical EU Law Perspective by Lilian Edwards argues that smart cities combine the three greatest current threats to personal privacy, with which regulation has so far failed to deal effectively; the Internet of Things(IoT) or “ubiquitous computing”; “Big Data” ; and the Cloud. Edwards discusses how and if EU DP law controls possible threats to personal privacy from smart cities and suggests further research on two possible solutions: one, a mandatory holistic privacy impact assessment (PIA) exercise for smart cities: two, code solutions for flagging the need for, and consequences of, giving consent to collection of data in ambient environments.
Copyright Evidence, a project run by the CREATe Centre at the University of Glasgow is in the process of developing a Wiki catalogue of empirical studies related to copyright and intellectual property issues. The project is seeking Interns to contribute in the development of this resource and in particular in its policy impact. Interns’ primary role will be the analysis of the platform and evidence sources with a focus on evidence-based policy implications and impact, together with the enhancement of the project with new catalogue entries. You can visit the platform here:
Work will be hourly paid with flexibility in the allocation of workload and tasks to facilitate interns. Participants will enjoy further benefits, gaining experience in conducting applied social science research and an opportunity to collaborate with experienced researchers. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend activities organized by CREATe, such as lectures and reading groups at the University of Glasgow, gaining further knowledge and experience related to academic research.
The latest entry in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available to download. Copyright and Business Models in UK Music Publishing by Ruth Towse argues that the paradigmatic shift from the sale of printed music to exploiting and managing musical rights that took place in music publishing during the early years of the 20thcentury was due to the changing market rather than to changes in copyright law.
The paper takes an historical approach to the development of music publishing viewed through the lens of present day issues. The research has resonance for the transition from sales to licensing digital works that is taking place in the creative industries today and puts into perspective the relative significance of market forces and copyright law in the process.
Copyright, Football and European Media Rights by Raymond Boyle of the University of Glasgow is the latest entry in CREATe’s Working Paper Series. Boyle considers the position of copyright in the arena of sports content rights and property rights of sporting organizations exploring the issue of whether copyright can be incorporated into sports rights contracts as it has been for many years. Via a series of interviews with key stakeholders the paper identifies the ramifications of this debate in a European context for the existing business models for both specifically football rights holders (FA Premier League, UEFA) and pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB and members of the European Broadcast Union (EBU).
On 12th November 2015, the animated film The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair by Professor Ronan Deazley and CREATe researcher Bartolomeo Meletti won the AHRC Award for Innovation in Film.
The panel of judges – consisting of industry and academic experts such as film director Beeban Kidron, Financial Times Arts Editor Jan Dalley, and actor and producer Diana Quick – described the film as “a well-constructed, quality animation addressing issues of creativity, IP and copyright for schools and undergraduates: lively, engaging, witty (à la Sherlock Holmes mode), informative and educating at the same time.”
The Open Library of Humanities: Building a Grassroots Academic Movement
Guest post by: Dr Caroline Edwards, Editorial Director of the Open Library of Humanities and Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London.
Researchers involved with CREATe may be interested to hear about recent developments at the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). I came to speak about the OLH at CREATe’s invited roundtable on “Open access, peer review and scholarly communication: Taking digital innovation seriously” in September 2013, as part of a discussion about “non-orthodox” and scholar-led activities in open access and new forms of research communication.
The OLH was set up in January 2013 as an academic-led project to build an open access publisher with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). Stimulated by governmental and research council mandates around the world, the move towards open access publishing has thus far privileged a business model which compensates publishers’ lost revenues by shifting the cost of publishing onto authors (and their institutions) in a pay-to-publish model. Although this model has worked very well in the sciences, with publishers like the Public Library of Science (PLOS) demonstrating the benefits of open access to scholarly research and the viability of the APC model, humanities disciplines face a funding crisis and departments struggle to meet the exorbitant costs of subscription journals so additional funding for open access is scarce.
A collection of cases from creative producers’ everyday efforts to manage and benefit from their Intellectual Property (IP) is now available for free from CREATe and the University of St Andrews’ Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC). Tales from the Drawing Board: IP wisdom and woes from Scotland’s creative industries is co-supported by CREATe, Creative Scotland, the Economic & Social Research Council, and Innovate UK.
Tales from the Drawing Board focuses on the management of IP among SMEs, micro- organisations and sole traders, a sector whose encounters with the IP landscape have not been as widely researched. Creative Scotland were particularly interested in understanding strategies of this sector, in order to inform policy developments. Described in creative practitioners’ own words, the cases provide insight into how IP issues are experienced “in the wild”, as the speakers set up their businesses, plan for competitive sustainability, and innovate creative products.