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December 2013

Reforming Formats: Bringing together Research and Practice

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– Post by Mr. Andrew Black (LL.B Hons, LL.M Distinction), CREATe Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

Television viewers around the world have either watched or are familiar with local versions of hit television shows such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Strictly Come Dancing, and, Idols. Formats such as these are widely traded in a global format market that is estimated to be worth billions a year. Individual formats have been reported to have been licensed for fees that can reach into seven figure sums. Such success, however, occurs despite the fact that the copyright law framework of most nations offers no direct legal protection for the formats themselves.

Berlin Photos from HIIG (9)Against this backdrop I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop held in Berlin which aimed to bring together research and practice on this topic. The workshop, organized in Berlin jointly by CREATe and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), brought together leading academics and practitioners to explore the field over the course of two days. Speakers shared a mix of practical and academic perspectives on the changing production of formats, their protection, and the value of an international comparative approach to exploring both.

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Creatives Research Resource Day 31st January 2014

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The aim of this internal CREATe workshop was to bring together all researchers within CREATe who are working on this topic and who are also employing a range of cognate methodologies, notably the interview but also a range of ethnographic approaches. This follows the CREATe’s long-term agenda to develop insights and debate beyond particular projects by highlighting common thematic interests and contrasting findings.

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Perspectives on attending ‘Reforming Formats’ – a CREATe international collaboration with HIIG Berlin!

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– Post by Ms. Megan Rae Blakely, PhD Candidate, CREATe/ School of Law, University of Glasgow

Jessica SilbeyI recently had the opportunity to attend a two-day research workshop in Berlin co-organized by CREATe and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). The workshop was titled ‘Reforming Formats – Producing and Protecting Audiovisual Formats in Convergent Media.‘ Here, I would like to share some perspectives from this workshop which are of relevance to me in the pursuit of my research study. This blogpost reports, in particular, the presentation by Professor Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law at the Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA.

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