ISHTIP 2019 – Call for Papers still open

The next workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) will be held at the University of Technology Sydney 4-6 July 2019. The theme of the workshop is ‘Law and the Visual’ and the call for papers may be found here. Abstracts are welcomed from scholars from any discipline who are researching the history and/or theory of IP. The deadline for abstract submission is 23 November 2018.

CREATe and its researchers have a longstanding affiliation with ISHTIP. CREATe members attend ISHTIP workshops regularly and CREATe itself hosted the workshop in 2016. A number of CREATe members attended the 2018 workshop, at the University of Roma Tre which included participation in a pre-event roundtable on histories of IP as told through a variety of objects.

The newest member of CREATe, Dr Marta Iljadica, who joined the School of Law at Glasgow in August of this year, also has strong connections with ISHTIP. She is a member of ISHTIP’s Governing Board and has previously participated as a discussant and as a presenter which informed work subsequently published in her monograph Copyright Beyond Law: Regulating Creativity in the Graffiti Subculture (Hart Publishing, 2016) as well as other work on social norms, copyright, and freedom of panorama.

 

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CREATe at the Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, Washington 24-29 September 2018

The Global Congress is a unique forum that brings together every two years a global community of academics, non-governmental organisations and policy makers for a week long assessment of the state and direction of intellectual property policy. It is the foremost setting for exploring changing policy priorities from a public interest perspective.

Within this evidence-based framework, CREATe was reflecting on our own research agenda. We presented an overview of our work over the last five years (Empirical Approaches to Copyright Research, a panel with Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Dr Thomas Margoni and Bartolomeo Meletti), demonstrated resources (such as CopyrightUser.org and the Copyright Evidence wiki), discussed new research on takedown of online content and text-and-data-mining, and contributed to policy discussions. There was considerable interest whether the controversial provisions of the proposed EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (introducing new obligations on internet platforms) would set a global precedent. CREATe’s academic interventions relating to the Directive are seen as important and influential.

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Launch of the new Common Law Programme

The School of Law at the University of Glasgow is marking the introduction of the new Common Law Programme with an exciting launch programme on Friday 19 October 2018 from 15:00 – 19:00.

The event starts with a panel session including senior members of the judiciary, practitioners and academics on the tradition and evolution of the common law. Included on the panel is Sir Richard Arnold, who is a member of the CREATe Programme Advisory Council:

Lady Hale will give the keynote address at 4.30pm and the event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/common-law-launch-registration-50533838070 

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Updates to CREATe’s EU Copyright Reform Resource

Following the vote in the EU Parliament on 11 September, our EU Copyright Reform resource has been updated to include:

  • A full transcription of the Plenary Discussion on 11 September, available to download
  • A comparision table including the original Commission Proposal, a translation of the Proposal, the Agreed Council Position, the Rejected JURI Position, the Agreed Parliamentary Position, Unsuccessful amendments proposed by MEP Marietje Schaake. Documents are available to download
  • An updated log of European and International media coverage

Our timeline tracking the legislative process has been kept up to date, and the resource includes a range of policy evidence including academic statements, open letters and video clips of parliamentary speeches.

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Book Now: CREATe Public Lecture Series Autumn 2018

Wednesday 24 October 2018 1730 – 1900                                                                                                                                   

A History of IP in 50 Objects,
Dr. Claudy Op den Kamp, Bournemouth University

For the first in the Autumn 2018 Public Lecture Series, CREATe looks forward to welcoming Claudy Op den Kamp to present ‘A History of IP in 50 Objects’.

The presentation will highlight the work on the book A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (edited by Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter), which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. The book presents IP as an approachable topic and demonstrates its importance by focusing on 50 objects—including the Singer Sewing Machine, the Corset, the Barbie Doll, and the Post-It.

All of the objects have been included for the larger social stories that they tell, stories that help us understand the unrecognised effect of IP upon historical events and current society.

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CREATe at the 5th Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, 24-29 September Washington DC

The 5th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest will take place on 24-29 September at the Washington College of Law, American University. It is the main convening of a global network of over 800 researchers, activists, and practitioners who work at the intersection of intellectual property and promotion of the public interest. The core goal is to promote evidence-based policy-making by fostering partnerships between academics and policy advocates from around the world.

CREATe is one of the partners of the Global Congress and a CREATe delegation – consisting of Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Dr Thomas Margoni and Bartolomeo Meletti – will participate in various workshops and panel sessions. The Global Congress will also be the platform for the launch of the last two episodes of The Game is On! series, co-created by Prof. Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) and Bartolomeo Meletti.

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Vote for a balanced European copyright law: Statement by EPIP academics

European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) is the leading scientific association for the economics and law of Intellectual Property. The EPIP 2018 conference was held in Berlin, 4-7 September 2018, where this statement was drafted.

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, the European Parliament will vote in plenary session on the heavily lobbied proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

On 5 July, a previous plenary vote rejected the report by Axel Voss MEP, the rapporteur for the legal affairs committee JURI. The main concerns related to the effects of Article 11 that introduces a new layer of licensing into the communication of news online, and of Article 13 that introduces new obligations on online platforms that are likely to be met by filtering content uploaded to their services.

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New Working Paper: Can creative firms thrive without copyright? Value generation and capture from private-collective innovation

A new paper in the CREATe Working paper series is now available: Can creative firms thrive without copyright? Value generation and capture from private-collective innovation by Kris Erickson.

Abstract:

Accounts of the ‘copyright industries’ in national reports suggest that strong intellectual property rights support creative firms. However, mounting evidence from sectors such as video game production and 3D printing indicate that business models based on open IP can also be profitable. This study investigates the relationship between IP protection and value capture for creative industry firms engaged in collective/open innovation activities. A sample of 22 businesses interviewed in this study did not require exclusive ownership of creative materials, instead employing a range of strategies to compete and capture value. Benefits for some firms resemble those for participants in private-collective innovation (PCI), originally observed in open source software development (von Hippel, von Krogh, 2003). Advantages of PCI include the ability to commercialize user improvements and a reduction in transaction costs related to seeking and obtaining permission to innovate upon existing ideas. Some creative firms in this study were able to generate and capture value from PCI in two directions, upstream and downstream. These dynamics offer a mechanism to understand and articulate the value of openness for creative industries policy and management of creative organizations.

The paper can be accessed here: Can creative firms thrive without copyright? Value generation and capture from private-collective innovation

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UK Policy and Evidence Centre Announced

The University of Glasgow is delighted to play a central role in the work of the new UK Policy and Evidence Centre which was launched on Friday 7 September 2018. The Centre is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded consortium set up as part of its Creative Economy Programme.

The Policy and Evidence Centre will address the fact that while the national economic strength of the UK’s creative industries is unquestioned, gaps in the evidence base still exist. Led by global innovation foundation Nesta, with university partners across the UK including Glasgow, the new centre will connect stakeholders within the sector, research communities, and policy makers.  It will develop independent evidence that will inform decision-making across the creative industries and underpin future policy decisions. Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said:

“Combining world-class arts and humanities researchers with our globally renowned creative industries will underpin growth in this vibrant and rapidly expanding sector within the UK economy.

“These pioneering partnerships between industry and universities are providing a huge vote of confidence for a sector that is vital to the future prosperity of the UK.”

The University’s contribution will build on the work of CREATe, the copyright and creative economy centre (www.create.ac.uk), which has developed a global reputation for its policy work at the interface of law, society and technology.

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New Working Paper: IP & Collaborative Agreements in the Creative Industries

A new CREATe Working Paper is being released today: IP & Collaborative Agreements in the Creative Industries. This is a CREATe report [by Martin Kretschmer, Bartolomeo Meletti & Sukhpreet Singh] released on the occasion of the launch of the AHRC’s Creative Industries Clusters R&D Programme 2018.


Executive Summary

The AHRC Creative Industries Clusters Programme (CICP) is a radical departure from traditional research funding. Research is understood in the context of R&D collaborations that are conceived to lead to new products and services, and ultimately to increased productivity and economic growth. These are ambitious, perhaps unprecedented goals for arts and humanities funding.

The experimental nature of creative R&D collaborations between Universities and industry, the subject matter of this report, requires new and innovative collaborative models and considerable cultural adaptation. We cannot know what works best at the outset. But consortium leaders and collaborators need to know the state of the art: what is the orthodox approach to managing and exploiting intellectual property (IP) (where IP is seen as a ‘thing to be sold’), as well as, more fluid iterative interactions (where IP may be viewed as an enabler and catalyst to achieve wider goals, such as increasing capacity and developing an ecosystem).

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